NEW QATAR INVESTMENT: The Qatar Investment Authority has bought a flagship retail complex on the Champs-Elysées from French insurance firm Groupama for more than 500 million euros, or $622 million at current exchange, the French daily Le Figaro reported on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Groupama declined to comment on the report, as did a spokeswoman for real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, which handled the sale. Officials at Qatar Investment Authority did not respond to requests for confirmation.

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The building at number 52 dates back to the Thirties and is now home to a Virgin Megastore, a branch of French retail chain Monoprix, a shopping arcade and offices.

Through its Qatar Holding LLC arm, Qatar Investment Authority has racked up luxe and retail properties in recent years. The investment house acquired Harrods for a reported $2.22 billion in 2010 and has since snapped up a 1.03 percent stake in LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and a 5.2 percent share in Tiffany & Co.

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