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FRANCE: Bouaziz quits as Monoprix CEO after four months

21 Jul 2010

Former PepsiCo executive Charles Bouaziz has quit his post as CEO of French retail chain Monoprix after only four months in the job "for personal reasons".

FRANCE: Covial recalls meat supplied to Carrefour, Casino

13 Jul 2010

French meat processor Covial has recalled 3.8m tonnes of fresh minced steaks and minced meat supplied to Carrefour and Casino outlets amid an e-coli scare.

FRANCE: Casino says no plans to divest Geant Casino

28 Jun 2010

The chairman and CEO of French retailer Casino said the company has no plans to list its online arm CDiscount or sell its Geant Casino hypermarkets, according to local press reports.

Retail round-up: France's retail dilemma

19 Apr 2010

French retail dominated the headlines last week with the likes of Carrefour, Auchan and Casino updating the market on their recent performance.

FRANCE: Brazil buoys Casino Q1 sales

14 Apr 2010

Groupe Casino today (14 April) booked a 5.6% rise in first-quarter sales thanks to "very strong gains" in Brazil, where the French retailer is majority shareholder in the local largest retailer CBD.

FRANCE: Casino makes palm oil pledge

25 Mar 2010

French retail giant Casino today (25 March) pledged to reduce the amount of palm oil in its products for environmental - and health - reasons.

Top stories on just-food this week

5 Mar 2010

US food regulators had a busy few days this week. They were forced to deal with the latest salmonella scare to hit the industry, while firing off a series of warning letters to manufacturers - including Nestle and Schwan's - over alleged misleading nutrition labels. The debate over how food is labelled also re-emerged in the UK, with the FSA's latest proposals for a hybrid scheme, which angered the country's retailers. On the retail front, the Co-operative Group received a sales boost in the UK, while over the English Channel, Casino acknowledged problems at home and Dutch giant Ahold eyed expansion.

In the spotlight: Casino sees home challenge

5 Mar 2010

French retailer Casino posted a mixed set of results yesterday (4 March), with a strong performance overseas failing to offset weakness in its domestic market. While Casino is eyeing growth in Latin America and Asia to fuel its top-line, the group will nevertheless hope that some new initiatives will boost its performance at home in the year to come. Katy Humphries reports.

FRANCE: Casino shows mixed hand in 2009

4 Mar 2010

French retail giant Casino this morning (4 March) reported a mixed performance for 2009, with overseas growth bolstering a business seeing challenges at home.

Carrefour, Wal-Mart battle for supremacy in Brazil

2 Mar 2010

Brazil is shaping up to be a key battleground for Wal-Mart and Carrefour, the world's two largest retailers. Both have outlined separate expansion plans for Brazil in recent weeks but, as Michelle Russell reports, both face a fight from CBD, the country's leading domestic player.

FRANCE: PepsiCo exec joins Casino's Monoprix as CEO

1 Mar 2010

Former PepsiCo executive Charles Bouaziz is to join French retail chain Monoprix as CEO.

Online retail clicking with French consumers

24 Feb 2010

Buying online is a fledgling but growing practice, although shoppers in some markets have taken to the Internet more readily than others. France, for instance, has been slower off the block than the UK but, as Peter Crosskey reports, French consumers are embracing online shopping - of a kind. Signs are emerging of the growing popularity of buying food over the Internet in France.

VENEZUELA: Casino sells Exito network to Chavez

15 Feb 2010

French retailer Casino has sold its Venezuelan retail operations to the Latin American country's socialist government in what has been described as a “friendly” agreement.

FRANCE: Systeme-U claims fourth spot in grocery league

27 Jan 2010

Systeme-U has today (27 January) claimed it is the fourth-largest food retailer in France after posting a 3.3% rise in revenue in 2009.

In the spotlight - E.Leclerc leads way in France

22 Jan 2010

Carrefour and Casino may have reported some under-par domestic sales but E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, is thriving amid the downturn. 2010 is looking to be just as challenging for French retailers as 2009 but, as Dean Best reports, Leclerc is well placed to continue to see off competition from its multinational competitors.

FRANCE: Casino FY net sales down

19 Jan 2010

French retail giant Casino recorded a drop in full-year consolidated net sales today (19 January), despite “stable sales” in its supermarket, Monoprix and Franprix stores.

VENEZUELA: Chavez nationalises Exito chain

18 Jan 2010

The Venezuelan authorities yesterday (18 January) moved to seize control of the Exito hypermarket chain, which is controlled by Groupe Casino.

FRANCE: Casino names development director

13 Jan 2010

French retail giant Casino has named former government official Arnaud Strasser as its new development director.

VENEZUELA: Government inspectors close Casino stores

12 Jan 2010

Venezuelan government inspectors temporarily shut dozens of retail stores this week, including three outlets run by France's Groupe Casino, in a bid to prevent hefty price hikes following the devaluation of its currency.

2009's highs and lows - the retailers

18 Dec 2009

In food retail, 2009 was the year of the value message. As ever in an increasingly competitive environment, there have been winners and losers. Here is just-food's take on the food retailers that have prospered over the past year and those who have become casualties of the adverse economic conditions.

BRAZIL: Pao de Acucar promotes Pestana to COO

16 Dec 2009

Grupo Pao de Acucar, Brazil's largest retailer, has named executive vice president Eneas Pestana as chief operating officer.

RUSSIA: Former Casino exec set for X5 board role

15 Dec 2009

X5 Retail Group, the Russian retailer, has put forward former Groupe Casino CEO Christian Couvreux for a seat on the company's board.

NETHERLANDS: Super de Boer investors clear Jumbo sale

8 Dec 2009

Super de Boer, the Dutch retailer set to be taken over by privately-owned retailer Jumbo, said today (8 December) that its shareholders has approved the deal.

BRAZIL: CBD, Casas Bahia plot JV

7 Dec 2009

CBD, Brazil's largest supermarket operator, and Casa Bahia Comercial, the country's largest retailer of durable goods, have agreed to form a venture to sell food and non-food products.

FRANCE: Sherpa signs distribution deal with Casino

4 Dec 2009

French convenience store operator Sherpa has signed a purchasing agreement with larger retailer Casino, which takes effect this month.

FRANCE: Casino reorganisation replaces Géant head

17 Nov 2009

Groupe Casino, the French retailer, will replace Jean Duboc as head of Géant Casino in a bid to create a single management team to “broaden” relations between the hypermarket and supermarket divisions.

FRANCE: Casino buys out Franprix, Leader Price investors

13 Nov 2009

Groupe Casino, the French retailer, has taken 100% control of its Franprix and Leader Price chains after buying out fellow shareholders from the Baud family.

FRANCE: Retailers face legal action over supplier "abuse"

29 Oct 2009

Nine French retailers are to face legal action over allegations of unfair practices imposed on local suppliers.

NETHERLANDS: Jumbo snaps up Super De Boer

19 Oct 2009

Dutch retail giant Super De Boer has agreed to a buyout offer from competitor Jumbo, after the bid was raised to fend off Sperwer Holding.

INSIGHT: Decline in small formats concern for Casino – analyst

15 Oct 2009

The fall in third-quarter sales at Groupe Casino's smaller-format stores in France is a “shock” that will give the French retail giant cause for concern, a retail analyst told just-food today (15 October).

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