Croatian food retailer Agrokor has reportedly placed an offer to buy a majority stake in Slovenian retailer Mercator.

News agency Reuters reported today (19 October) that Agrokor has put in a bid for an undisclosed sum.

Neither Mercator or Agrokor were available for comment.

There have been a number of rumours around Agrokor's interest in Mercator. Earlier this month Slovenian media reported that Agrokor planned to offer EUR221 (US$294.8) per share for the retailer.

Eleven owners of Mercator, among them beverage producer Pivovarna Lasko and Slovenia's largest bank Nova Ljubljanska Banka NLB, put 50.03% of the retailer up for sale in September.