Disposals and currency exchange rates pushed down full-year sales
at Nestlé, the world's biggest food producer, but the decline had
no impact on profitability, which grew by a healthy 8.1 per cent
during 2004. IN order to stay...
Recovery at Dutch retailer Ahold is still well on track, but the
impact of disposals, and the continuing decline of the US dollar
against the euro, pushed down the headline sales figure in 2004.
But with just a few more planned disposals...
Ahold's management remains stoically bullish about the Dutch
retailer's chances of recovering from the double whammy of fraud
and poor performance, but the company's latest set of results show
that the journey is likely...
French retailer Casino saw a slight downturn in growth in the
second quarter of the year, impacted by fewer shopping days and the
cost of revamping its convenience business. But a solid performance
from the discount business in France...
Singing the tune of many a food company operating globally today,
number one flavours and fragrance group Givaudan felt the squeeze
on the gross profit margin as the lower US dollar and sharp
increases in raw materials cut into the...
Ireland's food and drink industry had a good year in 2003, at least
on export markets. The latest data from Bord Bia, the Irish food
board, show that exports were 2 per cent higher in 2003 than the
previous year despite weaker...
Belgian retailer Delhaize is considering the sale of its stake in
Singapore's Stop N Save chain after receiving an offer from an
unnamed bidder. Could this be Delhaize's solution to the problem of
reducing its massive debt...
Carrefour, the world's number two retailer, has made no secret of
its ambitious expansion programme, and with new stores giving a
significant boost to third quarter sales, the company's strategy
cannot be faulted - especially...
Sales and profits at Jeronimo Martins continued to grow in the
first half, despite the weak economic conditions in Portugal and
Poland. The disposal of loss-making businesses appears to have paid
off, but the company is not completely...
Europe's biggest food retail group Carrefour has reported sales
growth of 1.3 per cent for the first half of 2003, even after the
impact of negative currency exchanges. Second quarter sales grew at
current rates for the first...