Groupe Carrefour has refused to comment on its stance on a private equity takeover.

Takeover rumours have surfaced this week, spurred from developments at UK retailer Sainsbury where CVC, KKR and Blackstone are assessing the company.

However, a spokesperson for Carrefour told just-food that the retailer had "no comment" on its own availability for a private equity takeover. On Tuesday (13 February), Carrefour's shares were up more than 4% and group chairman Luc Vandevelde reportedly bought around EUR10m (US$13m) worth of stock in the company.