Supermarket group Casino has announced a rise of 1.8% in consolidated sales to €10.364bn (US$12.45bn) in the first half of 2005.

Aggressive pricing had helped the group to gain customers in France, it said. In international markets, the solid performance reported in the group's three main operating regions (Latin America, Thailand and the United States) drove a 6.7% increase in sales in the second quarter, at constant exchange rates.