By  on July 10, 2008

PARIS — France's Carrefour, the world's second largest retailer after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said Wednesday that second-quarter sales grew 6.7 percent at constant exchange rates, despite a drop in its hypermarket sales at home.

Sales in the three months through June 30 advanced to 23.72 billion euros, or $37.08 billion, from 22.37 billion euros, or $30.16 billion, in same period last year, below most analysts' expectations. Excluding new openings and acquisitions, sales in the quarter grew 2.2 percent.

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