BANGKOK Feb 18 Thailand's top retailer Central
Group said on Tuesday it plans to invest at least 44 billion
baht ($1.36 billion) in 2014, mainly to open new stores at home
and expand in Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The group expected revenue to rise 14 percent to exceed 267
billion baht this year, the company said in a statement.
Central Group is majority owned by the Chirathivat family,
ranked by Forbes magazine as Thailand's second-richest family.
Central Group has interests in several retail businesses,
including Thailand's biggest store operator, Central Pattana Pcl
, Robinson Department Store Pcl and Central
Hotel Plaza Pcl, a hotel and fast-food chain
($1 = 32.2700 Thai baht)
(Reporting by Pisit Changplayngam; Writing by Khettiya
Jittapong; Editing by Miral Fahmy)