Tesco has refused to be drawn on reports linking it to a possible takeover bid for the retail arm of Polish firm Emperia.

The UK’s largest retailer, French rival Carrefour and a number of private-equity firms have been reported to be looking to make an offer for the division, which includes the Lewiatan chain.

A Reuters report yesterday named the two retail giants and private-equity firms Advent International, Mid Europa Partners and Penta Investments among a dozen potential buyers for the business.

When contacted by just-food today (27 September), Tesco declined to comment. Officials at Carrefour, Mid Europa Partners and Penta Investments could not be reached for immediate comment.

Advent International, which owns a debt collection firm and a publisher of eductaional material in Poland, said it was looking for further investments in the country but declined to comment directly on Emperia.

“Like many other private-equity funds, we do not comment on our future investments strategies,” a spokesperson said. “We are interested in all companies with a growth potential and are actively sourcing for investment opportunities in the Polish and regional markets.”

The spokesperson added: “As you know such processes are ruled by extremely strict non-disclosure agreements. Therefore I cannot comment on any of those type of inquiries.”

According to Reuters, Monday is the deadline for indicative bids for Emperia’s retail arm.