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As retailers look to grow sales in a challenging market, retailers in France could face further difficulties depending on the wording of a new law and an investigation from the country’s Competition Authority.

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As Système U and Carrefour confirm their purchasing alliance, the former appoints its new deputy chief executive. Antoine Brieu appointed deputy chief executive Following soon after the appointment of Dominique Schelcher as president for a six-year period , Système U has chosen Antoine Brieu as its deputy chief executive. Brieu replaces Guillaume Darrasse, who left in April, in the rol...
As part of separate announcements, Système U has signed an agreement with Montpellier and appointed a new president as it looks to compete in the challenging French market. Système U appoints new president The cooperative of independent traders has appointed a new president, Dominique Schelcher, for a six-year period. Schelcher takes over from Serge Papin. He has worked for Système U for ov...
Continuing the run of retailers announcing agreements with others to help them buy better, France-based Carrefour and Systeme U have said they will cooperate for purchasing over a five-year period. Agreement to ‘reinforce competitiveness’… Carrefour and Système U said they are in ‘ exclusive negotiations in order to conclude a five-year cooperation agreement that will involve purchasing neg...

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