By  on April 16, 2010

PARIS — Carrefour SA, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc., reported “encouraging” growth in the first quarter thanks to an improved performance in France and dynamic growth in emerging markets.

In the three months to March 31, sales rose 5.5 percent to 24 billion euros, or $33.2 billion, after rising 1 percent to 26 billion euros, or $38.25 billion, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Dollar figures have been converted at average exchange rates for the periods to which they refer.

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