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The chief executive of France-based independent retailer Système U, Dominique Schelcher, has, in an interview with Journal du Dimanche, said it enjoyed sales growth of 3%, to €20.53 bn excluding petrol, in 2019.

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Système U’s first ever pedestrian drive opened on 14 January 2020 in Montpellier, in southern France. A test for Système U The pedestrian drive opened in the centre of Montpellier, opposite a Monoprix store.  It is owned and managed by the owners of the Castelnau-le-Lez supermarket, in the outskirts of Montpellier. Shoppers will have access to the 15,000 products available on Système U ecom...
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. New law proposed to minimise ‘shock sales’ Following quickly after Casino announcing savings of ‘up to 120%’ and following Intermarché’s promotion of deeply discounter Nutella, ...
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...

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