French retailer Intermarche and four private-equity funds have reportedly been shortlisted as potential buyers of Polish company Emperia's retail arm.

Unnamed sources yesterday (6 October) told Reuters that Intermarche and private-equity firms Advent International, Penta Investments, Mid Europa Partners and Doughty Hanson had been shortlisted.

A spokesperson for Intermarche in Poland confirmed to Reuters that the company was interested in purchasing Emperia's Stokrotka, Groszek and Lewiatan retail stores but did not comment further.

When contacted by just-food today, a spokesperson for Penta said: "We cannot provide any comments regarding our potential involvement in Emperia."

Representatives from Intermarche and Advent were not available for comment at time of going to press.