UPDATE 3-Southern Europe weighs on Carrefour sales, Brazil robust

jueves 16 de octubre de 2014 05:50 GYT

* Q3 sales 21.077 bln euros, up 2.8 pct like-for-like

* Q3 French hypermarket organic sales down 0.2 pct

* France resilient, Brazil strong, China still weak

* CFO says market consensus for 2014 EBIT "reasonable" (Adds CFO comments, analyst comments , updates shares)

By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) - World number-two retailer Carrefour said sales growth slowed in the third quarter, held back by austerity-hit Spain and Italy, although its core French market proved resilient with hypermarket sales falling less than feared.

Growth in Brazil, Carrefour's largest market after France, which Chief Executive Georges Plassat has earmarked for expansion, stayed robust in the quarter too.

But trading conditions remained weak in China where the government is cracking down on conspicuous consumption, notably on alcohol.

Overall, Europe's largest retailer said it was on track to meet expectations for a higher operating profit this year.   Continuación...