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Mastercard says consumer confidence continuing to improve, primarily driven by Germany, Spain - conf call

12:11pm EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - Mastercard Inc ::Mastercard - Consumer confidence is continuing to improve (in Europe), and that's primarily driven by Germany and Spain - conf call.Mastercard - In U.K., despite ongoing concerns around Brexit, SpendingPulse showed solid overall retail sales growth of 5% in quarter - conf call.Mastercard - "in Asia, we continue to see strong economic growth in India and several of the ASEAN countries" - conf call.Mastercard - This quarter, Kroger will be converting their credit portfolio with U.S. Bank to Mastercard, still with U.S. Bank - conf call.Mastercard - Been working on developing technology network solution for China; are progressing well in that regard - conf call.Mastercard - areas of strength continue to be Europe, where we're seeing strong U.K. inbound, outbound volumes as well as Russia, Italy, France - conf call.Mastercard - "As we look forward to the second half of the year, we are forecasting this momentum to continue" - conf call.Mastercard - Based on current foreign exchange rates, now anticipate FX headwinds will subside, primarily due to weakening U.S. dollar - conf call.Mastercard - For year, continue to expect net revenue will grow at low double-digit Y-O-Y rate on currency-neutral basis, excluding acquisitions - conf call.Mastercard - For Q3, expect net revenue growth to be similar to what we saw in Q2, on a currency-neutral basis, excluding acquisitions - conf call.

Mastercard selected for Kroger co-brand credit card issued by U.S. Bank

10:11am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - Mastercard:Mastercard says Kroger Co. Has chosen company to be network for grocery retailer's 1-2-3 rewards co-brand credit card program.Card program will launch by end of 2017, with new cards to be issued by spring 2018.

GNC Holdings Inc reports second quarter 2017 results

6:50am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - GNC Holdings Inc ::GNC Holdings Inc reports second quarter 2017 results.Q2 earnings per share $0.23 excluding items.Q2 revenue $641 million versus I/B/E/S view $649.8 million.Q2 earnings per share view $0.38 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Q2 earnings per share $0.23.Same store sales decreased 0.9pct in domestic company-owned stores (including gnc.com sales) in the second quarter of 2017.In domestic franchise locations, same store sales decreased 1.1pct in Q2.GNC Holdings- in Q2, recorded pre-tax non-cash impairment of goodwill, long-lived assets associated with lucky vitamin e-commerce business totaling $19.4 million.

DIA sees to maintain comparable sales levels in Spain and Portugal in H2

4:03am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion SA (DIA SA) ::SEES TO MAINTAIN COMPARABLE SALES LEVELS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL IN H2 - CONFERENCE CALL.

Rallye net result group share swings to a loss of‍​ 131 million euros

2:10am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - RALLYE SA ::H1 EBITDA EUR 811‍​ MILLION VERSUS EUR 596 MILLION YEAR AGO.H1 NET SALES EUR ‍​18.97 BILLION VERSUS EUR 17.30 BILLION YEAR AGO.H1 NET LOSS GROUP SHARE EUR ‍​ 131 MILLION VERSUS PROFIT EUR 1.22 BILLION YEAR AGO.CASINO REVISES ITS GUIDANCE FOR THE GROWTH IN CONSOLIDATED TRADING PROFIT UP TO AT LEAST 20%.IN FRANCE, CASINO AIMS TO ACHIEVE ABOVE 15% GROWTH IN FOOD RETAIL TRADING PROFIT AND FORECASTS CONTRIBUTION FROM ITS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES OF C. €60M.

Rallye net result group share swings to a loss of‍​ 131 million euros

2:10am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - RALLYE SA ::H1 EBITDA EUR 811‍​ MILLION VERSUS EUR 596 MILLION YEAR AGO.H1 NET SALES EUR ‍​18.97 BILLION VERSUS EUR 17.30 BILLION YEAR AGO.H1 NET LOSS GROUP SHARE EUR ‍​ 131 MILLION VERSUS PROFIT EUR 1.22 BILLION YEAR AGO.CASINO REVISES ITS GUIDANCE FOR THE GROWTH IN CONSOLIDATED TRADING PROFIT UP TO AT LEAST 20%.IN FRANCE, CASINO AIMS TO ACHIEVE ABOVE 15% GROWTH IN FOOD RETAIL TRADING PROFIT AND FORECASTS CONTRIBUTION FROM ITS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES OF C. €60M.

Kesko Q2 EBIT ex-items EUR 84.6 million, below expectations

2:00am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - KESKO OYJ :REG-KESKO'S HALF YEAR FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD 1 JANUARY TO 30 JUNE 2017: KESKO'S PROFITABILITY IMPROVED.Q2 NET SALES EUR 2.81 BILLION (REUTERS POLL: EUR 2.86 BILLION).COMPARABLE OPERATING PROFIT FOR NEXT 12 MONTHS IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED THE LEVEL OF THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.Q2 EBIT EX-ITEMS EUR 84.6 MILLION (REUTERS POLL: EUR 95.4 MILLION).

DIA on track to meet all FY 2017 targets

1:25am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion SA (DIA SA) ::SEES CONTRACTION OF STORE SELLING AREA IN SPAIN TO EASE IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2017.SAYS IS ON TRACK TO MEET ALL THE TARGETS SET FOR 2017.

DIA H1 adjusted EBITDA up 3.3 pct YoY

1:18am EDT

July 27 (Reuters) - Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion SA (DIA SA) ::H1 NET PROFIT 54.0 MILLION EUROS VERSUS 59.8 MILLION EUROS YEAR AGO.H1 NET SALES 4.29 BILLION EUROS VERSUS 4.15 BILLION EUROS YEAR AGO.H1 ADJUSTED EBITDA UP 3.3 PERCENT AT 278.3 MILLION EUROS YOY.NET DEBT 1.02 BILLION EUROS AT END-JUNE VERSUS 1.12 BILLION EUROS AT END-JUNE 2016.

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