May 15, 2019 / 8:00 AM / 7 months ago

Retailer Auchan's exit from Vietnam gets interest from potential buyers

PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) - French supermarket group Auchan Retail’s plans to sell its loss-making business in Vietnam is already drawing interest from potential buyers, a company spokesman told Reuters.

Earlier on Wednesday, Auchan Retail CEO Edgar Bonte told newspaper Les Echos that the group had decided to sell its 18 stores in Vietnam. Those Vietnam outlets currently generate revenue of 45 million euros ($50.4 million).

The exit from Vietnam follows Auchan’s deal earlier this week to sell almost all the activities of its loss-making Auchan Retail Italia arm to Conad, the Italian co-operative retail group.

Auchan Retail had said in March that it was conducting a review of its loss-making markets, such as Italy and Vietnam where it has faced tough business conditions.

$1 = 0.8921 euros Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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