Press - 2012

30 November 2012

Jean-Charles Naouri is appointed Chairman and CEO of Monoprix

The Board of Directors of Monoprix held on 30th November 2012 has appointed Jean-Charles Naouri as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in replacement of Philippe Houzé.

As proposed by Jean-Charles Naouri, the Board of Directors confirmed Stéphane Maquaire in his position as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, thus renewing its full trust in the management of Monoprix.

The Board of Directors expressed its thanks to Philippe Houzé for his large contribution to the development and to the success of Monoprix throughout the past years.

Pursuant to the transaction agreement signed between Casino and Galeries Lafayette on 26th July 2012, the acquisition by Casino of the 50% stake held by Galeries Lafayette will take place in 2013, after completion of the ongoing authorization process by the French Competition Authority

 

Analyst and investor contactsRégine GAGGIOLI – Tél : +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fror+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr
Press contacts

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Grégoire LUCAS – Tél : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 94
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or

Karine ALLOUIS – Tél : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 81
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20 November 2012

“What’s the use in recycling useless stuff?” The Casino Group launches a major information campaign in its stores to encourage people in France to recycle more and better.


Paris, 20 November 2012 – The Casino Group has been committed for a long time to an attitude of social and environmental responsibility towards its customers and employees. In the stores of its Géant Casino and Casino Supermarchés banners, with the support of the European Commission, it has started a major information programme to raise awareness about recycling used products: “Recycle more and better together.”

What’s the use in recycling useless stuff?

According to a 2011 IFOP survey, 85% of people in France believe that supermarkets are the most appropriate place to leave their used products, such as batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, small electronic equipment and low-energy light bulbs.

Recycling these products has a very high environmental benefit as it enables the raw materials to be reused to make new objects and also allows the polluting substances to be treated. So there is a great deal of use in recycling something that’s become useless!

However, at the moment, just one in three of these products is left for recycling.

For this reason Casino is launching the “Recycle more and better together” programme in its stores.

With the support of the European Commission as part of its LIFE+ programme, the Casino Group decided to introduce the Collect+ project by launching a major information campaign, “Recycle more and better together”, aimed at its employees and customers. From November 2012 and throughout 2013, the goal is to improve French people’s knowledge of the environmental impact of recycling these products, as well as of how recycling works and good recycling behaviour. By doing so, the ultimate aim is to increase the collection rate of used products.

Two main communication events are planned. First, from 21 November to 1 December as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction, then in April 2013, with an extensive communication campaign in stores (posters, radio messages, dedicated pages in advertising materials) and on the Internet (www.recyclonsplus.eu).

A training module has been made available to personnel of the Géant Casino and Casino Supermarchés stores to teach them the principles of recycling these used products and enable them to answer customers’ questions.

The aim of the programme is to increase the tonnage of used products collected by 25% by the end of 2013 in the 400 stores taking part in the operation.

About the Life+ programme

The LIFE+ programme of the European Commission finances projects that contribute to the development and implementation of environmental policies and laws. In particular, the programme helps environmental issues to be included in other policies and, more generally, participates in sustainable development.

This year, the LIFE+ programme is celebrating 20 years of existence. In many European countries, it is supporting initiatives in favour of nature and biodiversity, environmental protection, and information and communication on environmental issues.
The Casino Group has obtained the European Commission’s support, under its LIFE+ programme, to put in place a major information campaign on leaving used products in stores for recycling.

About Active Sustainable
Based in Brussels, Active Sustainable is a non-profit organisation that works to promote sustainable development through sharing information, knowledge and experience by networking local and global actors. For the Casino project, Active Sustainable is participating by diffusing information on the project and its results.

About the Casino Group
The Casino Group is among the world leaders in food commerce. In France, the Group has 9,500 stores under multiple formats and banners (Géant Casino, Casino Supermarchés, Franprix, Leader Price, Monoprix, Petit Casino, Spar, Vival and Cdiscount). Elsewhere, it has 2,300 stores, mainly in Latin America (Brazil and Colombia) and South-East Asia (Thailand and Vietnam), which account for 45% of its sales. In 2011, the Casino Group generated consolidated sales of 34 billion euros. It employs 307,000 people around the world.
Press contact:
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Priscille Reneaume / +33 (0)1 53 70 74 61 / preneaume@image7.fr

The Collect+ project (LIFE 11 INF/FR/730) put in place with the support of the European Commission 

24 October 2012

Casino Group invents a new way to shop with innovative technology

 

  • Installation of the first order wall with image recognition and NFC in Lyon
  • Casino became the first retailer in the world to offer consumers these new technologies and services in September 2012

 

From 23 to 27 October 2012, the Casino Group will be offering Lyon residents a new, fun way to shop on-the-go. Using their smartphone and the mCasino app, they will be able to do their shopping quickly and then either have it delivered or pick it up at Casino Shopping stores in Lyon.

Five panels set up on the forecourt of Part Dieu railway station and a 20 metre-long poster in Part Dieu metro station will feature 200 food products that can be used in five everyday meal scenarios: family dinner, romantic dinner, girls’ night-in, drinks with friends and dinner abroad.

In addition to its recent initiatives in this area, Casino is offering users access to a world first with an innovative purchasing solution based on image recognition and NFC contactless payment, two technologies that enable customers to use their smartphones to select a product in a matter of seconds.
Casino is also innovating in the field of customer services by providing:

  • access to meal suggestions organised by theme and with product prices prominently displayed, making it easier to plan the evening meal and get detailed product information (ingredients, composition, nutrition, etc.);
  • the option to pay on pick-up or at home when the shopping is delivered.

 

This world first is part of the Casino Group’s multichannel approach and dovetails perfectly with its innovation programme (using the mCasino app, customers can, for example, start to fill their shopping basket at home, continue while they are out-and-about and then finish their shopping in-store).

As the Group had already announced on 10 September, for the past few days some Casino customers with NFC mobiles have been able to enjoy the unique experience of doing their shopping at the first full NFC supermarket in the Belles Feuilles shopping centre in Paris (16th arrondissement). Today, Lyon residents are invited to test the app on order walls that have been set up in high-traffic areas.

The Casino Group thus continues to roll out its programme of trialling today the shopping solutions of tomorrow. “Our lifestyles and our relationship with time are changing. We need to go out to meet our customers rather than expecting them to come to us. We want to be their partner as they manage their everyday needs”, explains Thierry Aouizerate, Marketing Director of Casino France.

 

A simple, educational way to try out shopping on-the-go in Lyon

For one week, customers will be able to use the mCasino app to discover a new way to shop. Once they have downloaded the app, they can use their smartphones to do the shopping at any time themselves, or they can ask for help from one of the assistants available on the station forecourt and in the metro. Using tablet computers connected to the internet and NFC smartphones, they will help customers to discover and learn about these technologies, which aim to make shopping a more relaxing, enjoyable and time-saving experience.

 

Three technologies for selecting and ordering products

In order to make the service accessible to as many people as possible, the mCasino app not only allows products to be selected via the QR code, but also via NFC tags and image recognition.

 

Products arranged by theme

Five themes have been chosen to answer the question, “What are you doing tonight?” The product range includes both Casino and national brand products. Each theme highlights a “meal solution” and a varied assortment of products to cook or that are ready to use.

 

For the “girls’ night-in” theme, salmon and champagne are displayed alongside organic products, ready-to-use salad and sweet treats.

The “drinks with friends” theme provides all the essentials for a get-together with friends: crisps, salami, pizza, etc.

 

The “romantic dinner” theme offers a selection of sophisticated gourmet products including champagne and raspberries, smoked duck breast and a tiramisu twin pack to be enjoyed together.

 

The “family dinner” theme suggests a list of ingredients to make a Quiche Lorraine accompanied by a green salad.

 

The “dinner abroad” theme includes all the ingredients for a home-made burger as well as ready meals that provide a little “get away” on a plate!

 

Easy payment and delivery

Once they have completed their shopping, customers in Lyon and Villeurbanne can have it delivered home for free or they can pick it up two hours later at the Brotteaux and Lumières Casino Shopping stores. They can then either pay for the order at home on delivery or when they pick it up in-store.

To see pictures of the order walls in Lyon, visit:

https://www.groupe-casino.fr/fr/Nos-images.html

Press Contacts:

HighCo Shopper: Karine Perrier / 01.77.75.65.82 – k.perrier@highco.fr

Image 7: Karine Allouis / 01.53.70.74.70 – kallouis@image7.fr

 

15 October 2012

Third Quarter 2012 Sales

  • Strong growth in sales at €11.8 billion (+35.2%), driven by International, which now makes up 60.4% of the Group’s operations
  • Sustained organic* growth up in Q3 over Q2 2012: +4.2% (vs. +3.4% in Q2 2012)
    • Internationally, very good performance (+8.8%)in sequential acceleration over Q2 2012 (+7.7%)
    • In France, business is resilient (+0.2%), boosted by the excellent performance of Cdiscount (+22.8%) and by the improved trends on convenience and discount formats.
Evolution of the group’s consolidated net sales in the 3th quarter of 2012
Consolidated net sales
(before tax)
Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Evolution Q3 2012/Q3 2011
in €m in €m Growth Organic growth*
Total continuing
operations
8,705 11,767 +35.2% +4.2%
France 4,737 4,663 -1.6% +0.2%
International 3,968 7,104 +79% +8.8%

In the third quarter of 2012, the Group’s consolidated sales were up +35.2%. Organic growth* was steady at +4.2% (+3.8% including petrol and calendar effect).Group same-store sales increased +2.2% excluding petrol.
Changes in scope positively contributed +33.9%, primarily under the impact of the full consolidation of GPA as of 2 July 2012. Foreign-exchange rates had an unfavourable impact of -2.5%. The petrol effect was minimal for the quarter. The calendar effect was negative in France (-0.8%) and nil internationally.

* Excluding petrol and calendar effect; organic growth is growth at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.

In France, resilient sales on an organic basis

In France, organic growth was +0.2% in the third quarter excluding calendar, up sequentially over Q2 (-0.5%). Reported sales declined by -1.6% after factoring in the deconsolidation of a master franchisee at Franprix-Leader Price.

  • Despite a soft consumer environment, convenience formats posted satisfactory results. Sales for Monoprix, Casino supermarkets and superettes continue to grow on an organic basis. Total sales for superettes are improving (+0.1% and +0.6% excluding calendar effect), compared to a decline of -2.9% in Q2 2012.
  • Franprix-Leader Price posted stable sales on an organic basis, excluding the calendar effect, an improvement over the previous quarter (-1.3%).
  • Géant’s performance was affected by the decline in non-food, in particular on multimedia. The banner continues and accelerates the reduction of its non-food selling areas.
  • Inversely, Cdiscount stepped up its growth (+22.8%), benefiting from excellent performance during the summer sales.
  • In all, non-food sales by Géant and Cdiscount grew +2.2% in the third quarter.

International: continued strong organic growth: +8.8%

Casino Group’s international subsidiaries generated strong growth once again this quarter. Sales rose +8.8% on an organic basis excluding the calendar effect. Total sales for International subsidiaries, which rose +79%, also benefited from the full consolidation of GPA.
The foreign-exchange effect had a negative impact of -5.5% on international sales in the third quarter 2012.

  • Latin America posted strong organic growth of +9.6%, driven by high same-store growth in Brazil and dynamic expansion in Colombia.
  • Organic growth for Asia is still very significant at +10.2%, due to the sustained pace of expansion, especially in Thailand, where same-store growth improved in the third quarter.

Total International salesaccounted for 60.4% of Group sales over the period, compared with 46% in Q3 2011.

France: Sales AnalysisS – Q3 2012

Sales in France came to €4,663 million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of +0.2% in organic growth, excluding petrol and the calendar effect.

Sales growth
In €m Reported growth Organic growth*
Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Q3 2012 Q3 2012 Q2 2012
Net sales before tax – France 4,737 4,662.9 -1.6% +0.2% -0.5%
Casino France 3,237.1 3,201.1 -1.1% +0.1% -0.7%
Géant Casino hypermarkets 1,463.1 1,358.0 -7.2% -7% -5.9%
Casino supermarkets 970.9 1,001.3 +3.1% +3.5% +3.5%
Superettes 426.9 427.1 +0.1% +0.6% -3.2%
Cdiscount & Other businesses 376.2 414.6 +10.2% +14.2% +9.1%
Franprix – Leader Price 1,044.4 1,003.2 -3.9% +0% -1.3%
Monoprix 455.5 458.6 +0.7% +1.4% +1.5%

 

Evolution in same-store sales, excluding petrol
excluding calendar effect
Q3 2012 Q3 2012 Q2 2012
Géant Casino hypermarkets -6.3% -5.4% -4%
Casino supermarkets -2.6% -1.7% -1.4%
Franprix -2.7% -2.6% -3%
Leader Price -1.6%  +0.1% -2.8%
Monoprix -0.6%  +0.2% +0.5%

* Excluding petrol and calendar effect

 

  • Casino France

Same-store sales* excluding petrol for Géant Casino were down -5.4%*. During the quarter, Géant suffered notably from the impact of unfavourable weather and from the ongoing trend on non-food.
In a context of soft consumption, same-store food sales were down -2.9%*.
Non-food same-store sales fell by -7.3%*, without multimedia, for which the banner pursues the reduction of sales areas at an accelerated pace.
At the end of Q3, the banner already reached its annual target by reducing by 7.5% the non-food sales area of 80 stores.
Total sales area of hypermarkets will decrease by 2.4% in 2012.

Excluding petrol and calendar effect, organic growth in sales in Casino Supermarkets was up +3.5%. The banner has kept up its strategy of excellence in fresh goods and rollout of local products labelled “Le Meilleur d’ici” (“the Best from Here”), as well as highlighting its own private label, whose performance over the quarter was satisfactory. Total sales grew +3.1%. Same-store sales excluding the calendar effect were down -1.7%.

Sales in superettes are posting +0.6% organic growth (excluding the calendar effect), marking an improvement over Q2 2012. This performance was sustained by expansion, with Casino having opened 61 stores. 2 Petit Casino have been converted into Casino Shop. Moreover, since July, 17 Coop d’Alsace stores have joined the Casino proximity network. In total 48 Coop d’Alsace are affiliated.

Cdiscountsales rose +22.8% because of excellent performances obtained during the most recent sales. All product categories are developing very dynamically. The market place continues its growth, in line with the plan, making it possible to expand the total number of offers available on the Cdiscount website to 900,000, of which 100,000 are sold directly by Cdiscount. It already represents more than 7% of total business volume, which is up by 30%. Sales via m-commerce (smartphones and tablets) have increased faster than activity.
The Group has continued to roll out its multi-channel strategy over the third quarter, completing the number of pick-up points in its stores. There are now a total of 2,450 points for packages under 30 kg, and 450 points for packages over 30 kg.
Total non-food sales (cumulative) in France by Géant and Cdiscount rose +2.2% over Q3.

Excluding calendar (-0.9% over Q3) and restated for the transfer of four hypermarkets to Casino Supermarkets

  • Franprix – Leader Price

Leader Price posted an increase of +0.1% in its same-store sales, excluding the calendar effect, an improvement over H1 2012. Sales & marketing activities initiated since the start of the year, from the standpoint of both assortment and pricing, are ongoing, and their good results are validating Leader Price’s recent strategic trend. 12 stores have opened since the year began, of which 4 over the period. The rollout of Cdiscount pick-up points continues satisfactorily, with 150 pick-up points currently in place.
Sales for Franprix rose +0.1% on an organic basis excluding the calendar effect for the quarter, an improvement compared with the previous quarter. Sales benefited notably from the improvement in private label performance. The loyalty card is also being rolled out throughout the store network. The banner has opened 7 stores over the period. Same-store sales exclusive of the calendar effect were down ‑2.6%, compared with -2.9% in Q2 2012.
Total Franprix-Leader Price sales were down -3.9%after factoring in the deconsolidation of a master franchisee.

  • Monoprix

Sales at Monoprix rose +1.4% on an organic basis excluding the calendar effect. In a difficult market, the clothing, drugstore and beauty corners posted good performance in September. Online food sales also recorded very strong growth. Same-store growth excluding the calendar effect was +0.2%, in line with Q2 (+0.5%). Monoprix opened 7 stores over the period.

 

INTERNATIONAL: SALES ANALYSIS – Q3 2012

Consolidated sales at International subsidiaries rose substantially by +79%.
Scope effects had a positive impact of +75.6%, related to the full consolidation of GPA.
Exchange rates had an unfavourable impact of -5.5%, resulting primarily from the Brazilian real’s sharp depreciation against the euro.
Once again, organic growth was very high at +8.8%*, an improvement over Q2 (+7.7%), driven by good performance in both Latin America and Asia.

 

Change in International sales growth in Q3 2012

Reported growthOrganic growth*Same-store growthLatin America+98.7%+9.6%+7.5%Asia+19.9%+9.8%+3.5%

 * Excluding petrol and calendar effect

In Latin America, same-store sales showed steady growth of +7.5%, reflecting especially GPA’s good performance. Organic growth was +9.6%, boosted by continued rapid expansion, particularly in Colombia. In all, sales rose 98.7%, primarily under the impact of the full consolidation of GPA.

 

  • GPA in Brazil

In Brazil, GPA posted same-store sales up +8.1%.
Same-store sales for GPA Food were up +6.8%*, driven by the success of the new Assaí cash & carry format which shows excellent performance. Minimercado Extra proximity stores benefited from the latest effects of the conversion of Extra Facil stores to that format, while the other food banners benefited from the conversion of Sendas and Comprebem stores in Q3 2011. The group pursued its policy of innovation over the quarter, notably by launching its first virtual storefront in São Paulo. Expansion pace was accelerated with the opening of 15 new stores during the quarter (i.e. +2.4%* in square meters): 3 hypermarkets, 4 supermarkets and 8 Minimercado were opened.

Same-store sales for Viavarejo increased +7.5%*, driven by significant sales initiatives and the extension of tax incentives on purchases of household appliances and furnishings. The assortment in store also improved. The expansion continued in Q3, with the opening of 9 Casas Bahia stores.

 

  • Exito in Colombia

Total sales for Exito grew strongly in the third quarter, under the combined influence of high organic growth and a favourable foreign-exchange and calendar effect. Exito benefited from the rapid expansion of its store network. The strengthening of private labels had a positive effect on sales, as did the continued development of activities complementary to retail (specifically credit and insurance).
The expansion of Exito was focused on the development of convenience and discount stores, with the opening of 5 Exito Express, 6 Surtimax, 1 Exito supermarket and 1 Exito hypermarket.

Exito’s Q3 earnings will be released on 24 October 2012.


*Gross same-store sales published by GPA.

In Asia, same-store growth came out at +3.5%. Organic growth in sales excluding the calendar effect maintained a high level of +9.8%. Total sales grew +19.9%.

 

  • Big C Thailand

Big C posted organic sales growth excluding calendarof +7.6%.  Big C’s same-store performance was robust at +3.6%, thanks to the very good results of promotional operations during the quarter, including the 19th anniversary of the banner, the success of the Extra premium concept, and the roll-out of the loyalty card. The promotional operations contribute to reinforce the leadership of Big C on the low prices. The roll-out of the partnership with service-station operator Bangchak continues, with the opening of pilot stores in the area around Bangkok. Big C continues to finalise the resolution of logistical and procurement problems caused by the floods in late 2011.
Expansion has had an increased contribution to organic growth, with the opening of 3 hypermarkets and many convenience formats over the quarter: 3 supermarkets, 15 Mini Big C and 15 Pure.

 

  • Big C Vietnam

Big C Vietnam continued to post very strong growth in its sales on an organic basis, driven by recent expansion efforts. The banner has opened 1 hypermarket and 1 shopping mall during the quarter. Sales from the latest stores and malls to open have been very satisfactory. Over the quarter, Big C launched a private label offering regional, in-season fresh goods, and continued to roll out its loyalty programme.

In the Indian Ocean,same-store sales were down due to an unfavourable economic context in La Réunion.
PerspectivesS

 

In France, in a backdrop of soft consumption, the Group will continue to deploy its actions plan aiming at controlling its costs and reinforcing its operating excellence, in particular in hypermarkets. Expansion will continue in buoyant formats and channels, i.e. convenience, discount and e-commerce.

Internationally, where the Group holds leading or co-leading positions on high-potential markets, organic growth should continue at a sustained pace, based upon a strong commercial dynamic and expansion.

 

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
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+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr

PRESS CONTACTS
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Karine ALLOUIS – Tel: +33 (0)1 53 70 74 81
kallouis@image7.fr

Disclaimer

This press release has been prepared for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell securities or related financial instruments. Similarly, it does not and should not be treated as giving investment advice. It has no connection with the investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any receiver. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is provided in relation to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information contained in this document. It should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgments. All opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

 

APPENDICES
Main changes in the scope of consolidation

  • Change in GPA stake, fully consolidated since July 2012. GPA was consolidated at 43.1% as of 30 September 2011.
  • Full consolidation of DSO into Franprix – Leader Price from February 2011 to August 2011.
  • Full consolidation of BARAT into Franprix – Leader Price from March 2012.
  • Full consolidation of companies owning 21 stores within the Franprix – Leader Price Group as of July 2012.
 

 Third quarterChange9 monthsChange 2011 €m2012 €mReportedAt constant
exchange rates2011 €m2012 €mReportedAt constant
exchange ratesFRANCE 4,737.0 4,662.9 -1.6% -1.6% 13,839.2 13,689.3 -1.1% -1.1%Of which:        Casino France3,237.13,201.1-1.1%-1.1%9,103.79,063.1-0.4%-0.4%Géant Casino
hypermarkets1,463.11,358.0-7.2%-7.2%4,100.53,906.3-4.7%-4.7%Casino supermarkets970.91,001.3+3.1%+3.1%2,713.52,800.8+3.2%+3.2%Superettes426.9427.1+0.1%+0.1%1,142.01,140.4-0.1%-0.1%Other businesses376.2414.6+10.2%+10.2%1,147.61,215.5+5.9%+5.9%Franprix – Leader Price1,044.41,003.2-3.9%-3.9%3,303.33,161.2-4.3%-4.3%Monoprix455.5458.6+0.7%+0.7%1,432.21,465.1+2.3%+2.3%INTERNATIONAL 3,968.0 7 104,1 +79% +84.6% 11,009.5 15,425.6 +40.1% +41.8%Of which:         Latin America3,0446,049.8+98.7%+108.2%8,229.612,306.2+49.5%+53.7%Asia708.6849.6+19.9%+10.2%2,139.42,491.0+16.4%+9.1%Other sectors215.4204.7-5%-5.2%640.5628.4-1.9%-2.2%NET SALES FROM
CONTINUING
OPERATIONS
8,705 11,767.0 +35.2% +37.7% 24,848.6 29,114.9 +17.2% +17.9%

 If Casino group had become sole controlling shareholder of GPA on 1 January 2012 (full consolidation at 100% of GPA from this date), Latin America total sales under the period ended on 30 September 2012 would have been €14,755.4m, bringing the total Group sales to €34,983.6m.

Exchange rates

Average exchange ratesH1 2011H1 2012Change9-month
20119-month
2012ChangeArgentina (ARS / EUR)0.1760.176-0.3%0.1740.175+0.5%Uruguay (UYP / EUR)0.0370.039+4.0%0.0370.038+2.5%Thailand (THB / EUR)0.0230.025+5.7%0.0230.025+6.6%Vietnam (VND / EUR) (x1,000)0.0350.037+5.5%0.0350.038+7.5%Colombia (COP / EUR) (x1,000)0.3880.430+10.8%0.3900.435+11.4%Brazil (BRL / EUR)0.4370.414-5.3%0.4360.407-6.6%

Organic growth: the organic growth is at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.

Period-end store network: France

FRANCE31 Dec. 201130 June 201230 Sept. 2012Géant Casino hypermarkets127123125 Of which French Affiliates889   International Affiliates556+ service stations1019797Casino supermarkets422434439 Of which French Affiliates515455 International Franchise Affiliates323539+ service stations170172172Franprix supermarkets897897894 Of which Franchise outlets379384387Monoprix supermarkets514523527 Of which Naturalia556061 Of which Franchise outlets/Affiliates130131133Leader Price discount stores608599601 Of which Franchise outlets271256238Total supermarkets and discount stores2,4412,4532,461 Of which Franchise outlets/Stores operated under business leases863860852Petit Casino superettes1,7581,7071,657 Of which Franchise outlets292626Casino Shopping superettes61010Casino Shop superettes162729Eco Services superettes111Coop Alsace superettes 3148 Of which Franchise outlets 3148Spar superettes956972969 Of which Franchise outlets755748747Vival superettes1,7521,7081,699 Of which Franchise outlets1,7501,7061,698Casitalia and C’Asia superettes111Other Franchise stores1,1341,1091,104Corner, Relay, Shell, Elf, Carmag…1,1341,1091,104Wholesale activity937935935TOTAL CONVENIENCE STORES6,5616,5016,453 Of which Franchise outlets/Stores operated under business leases/Wholesale4,6064,5564,559Other Affiliate stores262829 Of which French Affiliates181919 International Affiliates8910Other businesses295304308 Cafeterias293302306 Cdiscount222TOTAL France9,4509,4099,376Hypermarkets (HM)127123125Supermarkets (SM)1,8331,8541,860Discount (DIS)608599601Superettes (SUP) and other stores (MAG)6,5876,5296,482Other (DIV)295304308

Period-end store network: international

International31 Dec. 201130 June 201230 Sept. 2012ARGENTINA 242423Libertad hypermarkets151515Other businesses998URUGUAY525252Géant hypermarkets111Disco supermarkets272727Devoto supermarkets242424BRAZIL1,5711,5751,589Extra hypermarkets132134137Pao de Açucar supermarkets159159160Extra Perto supermarkets204204207Assai discount stores595959Extra Facil and Minimercado Extra superettes726977Casas Bahia discount stores544547556Ponto Frio401403393THAILAND221268304Big C hypermarkets108109112Big C supermarkets121518Mini Big C superettes517590Pure506984VIETNAM232430Big C hypermarkets181819New Cho superettes557C Express superettes014INDIAN OCEAN535353Jumbo hypermarkets111111Score/Jumbo supermarkets222222Cash and Carry supermarkets555Spar supermarkets887Other businesses778COLOMBIA351383395Exito hypermarkets808485Pomona, Carulla, Exito supermarkets130133134Surtimax discount stores788994Exito Express and Carulla Express superettes546974Ley and others988TOTAL INTERNATIONAL2,2952,3792,446Hypermarkets (HM)365372380Supermarkets (SM)591597604Discount (DIS)137148153Superettes (SUP)182219252Other (DIV)1,0201,0431,057

8 October 2012

C’Vous a double winner at the 2012 Top Com Awards

Paris, 8 October 2012 – Created by the Casino Group in February 2012, C’Vous (www.cvous.com) – the first community website for consumers who wish to have an impact on everyday products and services – has been doubly rewarded at the 2012 Top Com Awards.
The jury, which awarded C’Vous the Top Com Digital Award 2012 and the Expression TopCom Jury Special Award, was particularly keen to praise the innovative, bold approach of C’Vous.
The Digital Award is given to the best initiative chosen from among all the winners in the digital category while the Special Award goes to the best oral presentation in the competition finals.
Some 500 applications were received this year.
Every day, C’Vous.com offers consumers several options:
•In the “C’Vos produits” section, they can vote for their favourite products by category and the winners are then highlighted as benchmark products for other customers.
•In the “C’Vos idées” section, they can give free rein to their imagination and suggest ideas for the products and services they would eventually like to find in-store.
•In the “C’entre vous” forum, members can discuss the different aspects of everyday products. They can exchange recipes in the gourmets’ corner, put questions to retailers and share tips.
The C’Vous concept has been rolled out internationally by Casino Group subsidiaries, especially Éxito in Colombia, and currently has tens of thousands of members in France.
C’Vous can be accessed at www.cvous.com or from the homepages of Casino Group banners.

CVous.com, the result of an innovative corporate programme

Cvous.com is the result of an innovative corporate programme for young employees. Through its Young Talents programme, the Casino Group offers a specific pathway to enable talented young people to develop professionally and shoulder responsibility within a short timeframe. The Group’s entrepreneurial outlook enables these creative, motivated, talented individuals to express themselves and grow their projects. Four of them got together around the idea of giving a voice to consumers and formed what was essentially an in-house start-up in order to devise and roll out the innovative C’Vous concept.

About the Casino Group

The Casino Group is one of the leading food retailers in the world. In addition to its 9,500 multi-format and multi-brand outlets in France (Géant Casino, Casino Supermarchés, Franprix, Leader Price, Monoprix, Petit Casino, Spar, Vival, Cdiscount, etc.), the Group has another 2,200 stores abroad, mainly in Latin America (Brazil and Colombia) and South East Asia (Thailand and Vietnam), which account for 45% of its sales. In 2011, Casino had consolidated sales of €34.4 billion. It employs 307,000 people around the world. The Casino Group is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
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1 October 2012

Inauguration of “Franprix takes to the Seine”

  • Hervé Montjotin, Managing Director, Transport Division, Norbert Dentressangle
  • Jean-Charles Naouri, Chairman and CEO, Casino Group
  • Alain Gest, Chairman of the Board of Directors, French Waterways
  • Marc Papinutti, CEO, French Waterways
  • Jean-François Dalaise, Chairman of the Board, Ports of Paris, Deputy Chairman of Terminaux de Seine
inaugurated, on Monday 1 October 2012, “Franprix takes to the Seine” in the presence of:
  • Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport, the Sea and Fisheries
  • Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris
  • Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France
  • Christian Favier, Senator for Val-de-Marne, President of the General Council of Val-de-Marne
  • Rachida Dati, Mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, MEP
The Casino Group and the Franprix banner have committed to an innovative mode of delivery that marks a first in the food retail sector. Since late August 2012, Franprix has been delivering food products by river to around 100 stores in the heart of Paris and in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine).
This pioneering approach to sustainable logistics, carried out in partnership with the Norbert Dentressangle Group, Ports of Paris, French Waterways, Terminaux de Seine and the Ile de France region, is further proof of the environmental commitment of the Casino Group and Franprix.
Every day, 450 pallets of goods and 26 containers are transported along the 20 km stretch from Port Bonneuil-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) to Port de la Bourdonnais (Paris, 7th arrondissement).
Eventually, optimal barge loads will help to save, every year:
  • 450 000 km in road journeys;
  • 3,874 truck journeys;
  • 37% of CO2 emissions
Franprix – Sophie Couturier – scouturier@franprix.fr
Norbert Dentressangle – Nathalie Belloc – nathalie.belloc@publicisactiv.fr
 Havas Worldwide Paris – Arthur Dreyfuss
arthur.dreyfuss@havasww.com
01 58 47 91 71/06 20 69 79 72
19 September 2012

Yves BRAIBANT, Chief Executive Officer of Casino subsidiary Big C Thailand, joins the Executive Committee

Yves BRAIBANT, 54, Chief Executive Officer of Big C Thailand, a Casino subsidiary, has become a member of the Executive Committee. He joined the Casino Group in 1991 as part of the hypermarkets division and has been Chief Executive Officer of Big C Thailand since 2001.
This appointment demonstrates the Casino Group’s wish to adjust its organisation as its business becomes increasingly international – for the first half of 2012, 59% of its sales came from its operations outside France.

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CASINO GROUP
Frédéric CROCCEL
Tél. +33 (0)1 53 65 24 39
fcroccel@groupe-casino.fr
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Grégoire LUCAS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 94
glucas@image7.fr

 

19 September 2012

Jean-Marc HUMBERT joins Casino Group as Legal Affairs Director

Jean-Marc Humbert has joined the Casino Group as the Legal Affairs Director for the entire Group.
Mr Humbert, 42, is a graduate of the HEC business school and a lawyer at the Paris bar. Following a first career with a number of international law firms, he joined the company secretary’s office of Rhodia before heading the European legal department of Sodexo.
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CASINO GROUP
Frédéric CROCCEL
Tél. +33 (0)1 53 65 24 39
fcroccel@groupe-casino.fr
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Grégoire LUCAS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 94
glucas@image7.fr
17 September 2012

Evolution in Mercialys Management

After ten years within the Casino Group, during which he brought a strong contribution to its real estate development, Jacques Ehrmann leaves his positions as director of Casino’s real estate activities and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercialys.
Going forward, he will provide his expertise to both companies through an external advisory role.
Today, the Board of Directors of Mercialys appointed, on an interim basis, Géry Robert-Ambroix, previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Michel Savart, Director of Mercialys to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. In parallel, the process of selecting a new permanent Chaiman and Chief Executive Officer has been initiated.
The Group’s real estate division will be managed on an interim basis by André Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of Casino’s hypermarkets and supermarkets division as well as Vincent Rebillard Director of Immobilière Groupe Casino since 2011.
Géry Robert-Ambroix, together with all the members of Mercialys’ Executive Committee will continue to pursue the company’s successful strategy over the last seven years, notably through the implementation of the “Fonciere Commercante”, the deployment of the “Esprit Voisin” project and the €500 million assets disposal plan.
The development of Mercialys continues with the support of the Casino Group which is at the same time accelerating its development abroad, particularly in Colombia and Brazil.
Michel Savart, Director of Mercialys since 2005, is also Chief Executive Officer of Foncière Euris.

Géry Robert-Ambroix, Deputy Managing Director of Mercialys since 2005, has served since 1998 at various leading positions in the management of real estate assets.

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UK M: +44 (0)78 1864 1803

 

ANALYST AND INVESTOR CONTACTS
Régine GAGGIOLI – Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
rgaggioli@groupe-casino.fr
or
+33 (0)1 53 65 64 18
IR_Casino@groupe-casino.fr
14 September 2012

Ferdinand Tomarchio appointed Director, Brazil for Casino Group’s International Coordination Department

Ferdinand Tomarchio has been appointed Director, Brazil for Casino Group’s International Coordination Department. Mr Tomarchio, 30, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and of the Corps des Mines engineering school. He began his career with the French Ministry of Industry.

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Frédéric CROCCEL
Tél. +33 (0)1 53 65 24 39
fcroccel@groupe-casino.fr
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Karine ALLOUIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 81
kallouis@image7.fr