By  on September 2, 2008

PARIS — Carrefour Group, the world’s second-largest retailer after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., reported a 1.2 percent increase in first-half net profits to 750 million euros, or $1.15 billion at average exchange rates, calling the results its best for the period since 2005.

At a press conference at the group’s headquarters here Friday, chief executive officer José Luis Duran trumpeted the retailer’s “strong performance” in light of the “strained economy” and confirmed Carrefour is on track to meet its full-year sales growth target of 7 percent at constant exchange rates.

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