PARIS — Although Pinault-Printemps-Redoute has become best known for its majority stake in Gucci Group, the retailer remains a multinational conglomerate of widely divergent interests ranging from credit services to wood and building materials.

In fact, French tycoon François Pinault, who holds a 42.2 percent stake in PPR and controls 55.4 percent of voting rights via his Artemis family holding company, built much of his early fortune with his family-owned Pinault Bois & Materiaux wood and construction supplies company.

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