Chile-based retailer Cencosud has booked higher half-year sales but posted lower operating income from its supermarket stores and a fall in net profit on the back of costs from M&A and forex losses.

Cencosud, which has stores in five South American markets, reported a 14% increase in revenues to CLP4.98bn (US$9.8m) for the six months to the end of June. Supermarket sales were up 16.7% at CLP3.73bn. Same-store sales grew in each country, except Colombia.

However, operating income from Cencosud’s supermarkets fell 13.7% to CLP114.83bn. The devaluation of the Argentinian peso and the Brazilian real against the Chilean peso hit profits from the retailer’s operations in those countries. A price freeze in Argentina also weighed on earnings there.

Foreign exchange losses were a factor in Cencosud’s lower first-half net income, which stood at CLP28.04bn, down 69% on the year. The cost of acquisitions, including the deal to buy Carrefour‘s operations in Colombia, also had an effect on the bottom line.

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