Raised eyebrows met Carrefour's insistence that it will keep its stores in Malaysia and Singapore despite reports the retailer was looking to leave the markets and a third country in Asia, Thailand. Of greater surprise this week was Amazon's move to sell groceries in the UK, although just-food thinks Ocado should not fret just yet. These were the highlights on just-food this week.

In the spotlight - Carrefour at a crossroads 
Reports this week claimed Carrefour was ready to sell its stores in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, although the retailer has denied it plans to leave the latter two markets. However, the world's second-largest retailer is going through a period of transformation and disposals of some kind are likely.

COMMENT: Will Amazon's grocery offer stack up against Ocado? 
Online retail giant Amazon has started selling groceries in the UK - just as Ocado prepares to raise finance through an IPO. However, Amazon's offer is currently so disjointed it is unlikely to pose a threat to Ocado or any of multiples selling food online.

Promo Tracker: Petits Filous heads June's promoted brands 
Petits Filous fromage frais was the UK's most-promoted food brand in June, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

On the money: "Quality, innovation" drives M&S basket size - Bolland
Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland today (7 July) insisted "quality and innovation" had helped drive rising food sales at the UK retailer.

RUSSIA: Russia loses appeal for retailers - study
Russia has slumped to tenth place in a ranking of attractive countries for global investors, according to a report by US consultancy firm A.T. Kearney. 

EU: Parliament takes conservative stance on CAP reform
The European Parliament has staked out a conservative political position in the oncoming debate over reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy.

UK: Government to withdraw Change4Life funding
The UK’s new coalition government said it will withdraw funding from its public health campaign, Change4Life.

US: Wrigley reaches settlement in Eclipse case
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against gum giant Wrigley in the US, where the confectioner had claimed its Eclipse products had germ-killing properties.

Marketing brief: World Cup chocolate wars
In the first of a monthly series, marketing analysts creamglobal.com looks at the latest marketing campaigns in the food sector - and this week tackled the World Cup match-up between Nestle and Mars Inc.

The just-food management briefing, July 2010: private label 
Demand for own label has been a key feature of the economic downturn. The sector may be mature in Europe but it has seen growth in the US - and emerging markets are catching on too. just-food's latest management briefing analyses the latest trends.