PARIS, April 14 Retailer Casino said
sales growth slowed in the first quarter, reflecting a more
subdued performance in its top market of Brazil while Asia
stayed weak as a tough consumer climate and political unrest hit
sales in Thailand.
In France, Casino saw a further improvement at its
hypermarkets, where it continued to benefit from previous price
cuts and sales at Geant Casino turned positive.
But sales at the LeaderPrice discount stores fell 9 percent
as these are still in the early stages of resetting prices.
Casino, which makes 60 percent of its sales in emerging
markets and controls Brazil's top retailer, Grupo Pao de Acucar
, said first-quarter group sales reached 11.295
billion euros ($15.6 billion), slightly above the 11.26 billion
euro forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts.
Stripping out acquisitions, currency effects and excluding
petrol, this was a like-for-like rise of 6.6 percent and a
slowdown from 8.5 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2013,
Casino said on Monday.
($1 = 0.7238 Euros)
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by James Regan)