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On the money: Market buys into Casino's confidence

Casino's share price has been on something of a rollercoaster in the early weeks of 2014. However, the French retailer's 2013 results and op...

Best bits: FMCG must adapt to slower BRICs growth

"The Great Deceleration" warned a front cover of The Economist in July, as the magazine reflected on a cooling in the BRIC markets. FMCG com...


Dean Best | 8 Mar 2013

Carrefour's 2012 results offer signs of encouragement for the world's second-largest retailer. However, some analysts insisted much more work is needed. That is true but Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat recognises the challenges that still lie ahead.


Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.


Dean Best | 25 Jun 2012

There was a French flavour to the major industry headlines last week. Casino triumphantly announced its control of Brazil's largest retailer CBD. The new CEO at rival French retailer Carrefour made his first public comments about the challenges the company faces, while food manufacturer Danone issued a profit warning, citing problems in southern Europe.


Richard Woodard | 2 Sep 2011

You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industry analysts casting their critical eye over Carrefour's latest strategic revamp could be forgiven for thinking they've been here before, writes Richard Woodard.

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Hannah Abdulla | 27 Jan 2014

Last week, the race to buy Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory took a decisive turn when Murray Goulburn - and WCB investor - accepted the bid from rival suitor Saputo's takeover bid in what has been an ongoing saga. ConAgra Foods and US retailer Trader Joe's were accused of breaking competition law, while Cargill settled discrimination claims out of court. There were rumours French meats firm Jean Caby was undergoing a restructure and that United Biscuits could either float or be sold. And there were job losses at Kellogg, UK baker Bright Blue and US meat giant Tyson Foods. Here is the week in quotes.


Katy Askew | 21 Jan 2014

Enéas Pestana, the chief executive of CBD, Brazil's largest retailer, has resigned after three years in charge.


Katy Askew | 21 Jan 2014

Enéas Pestana, the chief executive of CBD, Brazil's largest retailer, has resigned after three years in charge.


Katy Askew | 14 Oct 2013

Last week's coverage has been dominated by two highlights of the food industry calendar. The first, industry trade show Anuga, saw just-food speaking to a number of up-and-coming companies, such as US kefir maker Lifeway Foods, about their export plans. The second, The World Retail Congress in Paris, provided us with an opportunity to delve into the emerging trends and hear from the great and the good of the food retail sector.


Michelle Russell | 8 Oct 2013

The remains "a lot of potential" in Brazil if retailers are willing to invest, according to the country's largest retailer, CBD.


Michelle Russell | 8 Oct 2013

The remains "a lot of potential" in Brazil if retailers are willing to invest, according to the country's largest retailer, CBD.


Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2013

Jean-Charles Nouri, chief executive of Casino, looks set to become chairman of CBD, the Brazilian retailer that the French grocer controls.


Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2013

Jean-Charles Nouri, chief executive of Casino, looks set to become chairman of CBD, the Brazilian retailer that the French grocer controls.


Katy Askew | 9 Sep 2013

Brazilian investor Abilio Diniz will stand down as chairman of Casino-controlled retailer CBD, bringing to an end disputes between the two over the business his family founded.


Katy Askew | 9 Sep 2013

Brazilian investor Abilio Diniz will stand down as chairman of Casino-controlled retailer CBD, bringing to an end disputes between the two over the business his family founded.


Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2013

Brazilian food group BRF has appointed Claudio Galeazzi as its new CEO.


Dean Best | 25 Jul 2013

Casino has booked higher half-year profits helped by a jump in international earnings but the French grocer's numbers also revealed continued challenges at home.


Dean Best | 25 Jul 2013

Casino has booked higher half-year profits helped by a jump in international earnings but the French grocer's numbers also revealed continued challenges at home.


Dean Best | 2 May 2013

Online will be the latest driver of Wal-Mart's growth, the chief of the world's largest retailer's e-commerce operation has claimed.


Dean Best | 2 May 2013

The ongoing spat between French retailer Casino and Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz has taken a twist with the company seeking arbitration over the businessman's role at food giant Brasil Foods.


Dean Best | 2 May 2013

The ongoing spat between French retailer Casino and Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz has taken a twist with the company seeking arbitration over the businessman's role at food giant Brasil Foods.


Michelle Russell | 19 Apr 2013

French retailer Casino has booked an increase in sales in the first quarter despite falling sales in its domestic market.


Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2013

Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz will not resign as chairman of CBD, the country's largest retailer, despite securing a seat on the board of local food group Brasil Foods.


Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2013

Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz will not resign as chairman of CBD, the country's largest retailer, despite securing a seat on the board of local food group Brasil Foods.


Dean Best | 25 Feb 2013

CBD, Brazil's number one retailer, has reported a jump in earnings from its food stores on the back of higher sales.


Dean Best | 25 Feb 2013

CBD, Brazil's number one retailer, has reported a jump in earnings from its food stores on the back of higher sales.


Dean Best | 22 Feb 2013

Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz, the chairman of the CBD, the country's largest retailer, has been lined up for a seat on the board of local food group Brasil Foods.


Dean Best | 22 Feb 2013

Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz, the chairman of the CBD, the country's largest retailer, has been lined up for a seat on the board of local food group Brasil Foods.


Katy Askew | 21 Feb 2013

French retail Groupe Casino has booked a slight drop in net profit for 2012, as a weaker performance from its domestic business was offset by a strong international showing.

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