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Talking shop: The future for hypermarkets

"Soulless sheds", "beached whales" and "blips in the history of retail" are descriptions that have recently been assigned to hypermarkets, a...

Carrefour's new direction a turn too many?

You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industr...

Dean Best | 20 Jun 2011

It's likely Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson will be a little apprehensive as he heads off for work tomorrow (21 June).

Katy Askew | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

Peter Crosskey | 12 Feb 2008

A wide-ranging review of French economic strategy undertaken by a commission led by Jacques Attali looks set to have major implications for French food retailers and producers. In advocating the repeal of two controversial pieces of legislation, Peter Crosskey writes, the Attali commission appears to have paid more heed to lobbying by major retailers than the views of food manufacturers.

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Dean Best | 10 Jul 2015

PepsiCo issued its second-quarter results this week - and upped its annual earnings forecast. The company's shares fell, amid concerns the second half of the year will prove more challenging. Under-pressure US group Boulder Brands, fresh from the departure of its CEO, announced restructuring plans likely to lead to 15% of jobs being cut. French dairy group Sodiaal announced another move in China, while we analysed the impact Russia's import restrictions have had on domestic companies.

Stuart Todd | 6 Jul 2015

French retailer E.Leclerc is to contest a decision by the Paris Appeal Court ordering it to reimburse EUR61.3m to 48 of its suppliers.

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2014

French retailer E.Leclerc has forecast its sales growth will slow in 2014, a year it expects to be "difficult" for consumers.

Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 2013

French retailer E.Leclerc has recorded an increase in full-year sales thanks to lower pricing in its domestic market in the period.

Katy Askew | 1 Nov 2012

French retailer E.Leclerc has launched a price comparison website in Spain as it battles to win over shoppers in a tough economic environment.

Dean Best | 16 Jul 2012

E.Leclerc has reported an increase in its share of France's retail sector as it posted an 8% jump in first-half sales.

Dean Best | 29 Mar 2012

US food and drink giant PepsiCo has launched a "premium" range of Lay's crisps in France.

Dean Best | 10 Feb 2012

French retailer E.Leclerc has claimed its share of the country's retail sector climbed again in 2011 after the company's sales increased by over 5%.

Stuart Todd | 12 Jan 2012

A row between French retailer E.Leclerc and dairy giant Lactalis over prices has ended after almost a year.

Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2011

French retailer E.Leclerc has denied reports that it could possibly enter Romania as early as next year.

Sam Webb | 28 Oct 2011

The CEO of French retailer E.Leclerc has said he wants to leapfrog Carrefour as the country's number one retailer by 2015.

Sam Webb | 3 Oct 2011

Conad, French retailer E.Leclerc's partner in Italy, has refused to comment on rumours that it is set to buy Rewe's Billa supermarkets in the country.

Dean Best | 5 Sep 2011

UK-based R&R Ice Cream has struck an agreement to buy French own-label firm Pilpa in a deal worth EUR27m.

Peter Crosskey | 10 Aug 2011

French supermarket chain Intermarché has said it remains committed to landing and processing its own fish and seafood even after a fire destroyed one of its plants in Brittany.

Dean Best | 13 Jul 2011

Carrefour has warned that its first-half operating profit is expected to have slumped by 23% due to problems in the French retailer's domestic market.

Dean Best | 17 Jun 2011

Carrefour, the French retailer, has forecast a 35% fall in half-year profits from its troubled domestic unit.

Katy Askew | 7 Jun 2011

Milk producers are staging a demonstration in Paris today (7 June) in a bid to up the pressure on supermarket group E.Leclerc to raise dairy prices.

Petah Marian | 31 May 2011

Spanish grocery retailer Eroski has reached an agreement to sell seven hypermarkets to French grocer E.Leclerc.

just-food.com | 16 Feb 2011

French retailer Systeme-U has claimed that it increased its share of the country's retail market in 2010 on the back of rising sales

just-food.com | 9 Feb 2011

French retailer E.Leclerc has reported a 5.4% increase in turnover for 2010, with the company gaining share in its domestic market and also growing sales abroad.

just-food.com | 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.

just-food.com | 22 Jan 2010

Cadbury dominated the headlines again this week with the announcement that its board had approved an increased offer from Kraft Foods.

just-food.com | 21 Jan 2010

E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, has widened the gap between the company and its nearest rival in 2009 after reporting an almost 6% rise in turnover.

Stuart Todd | 8 Jun 2009

Despite having last week put its signature to an agreement over milk prices, France’s powerful farmers federation, the FNSEA, has called on its members in all areas of the farming sector to “make a stand” against market deregulation and the system of price margins, which it says heavily favours food processing groups and retailers.

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Dean Best | 5 Oct 2017

The last 24 hours or so have seen possible M&A deals among some of the biggest names in food retail speculated on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.

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