REFILE-UPDATE 1-Carrefour's sales growth hit by France and China
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By Dominique Vidalon
PARIS Jan 15 (Reuters) - Carrefour's sales growth slowed in the fourth quarter, as the Paris attacks in November and mild winter weather weighed on its core business, the French retailer said on Friday.
Carrefour's Chief Financial Officer Pierre-Jean Sivignon told journalists that the Paris attacks had weighed on its French sales in the quarter, echoing French rival Casino which on Thursday also identified an impact..
Despite the quarterly slowdown, the world No. 2 retailer achieved its fourth straight year of rising sales for 2015 as a whole, as a recovery plan started by Chief Executive Georges Plassat in 2012 bears fruit.
In Brazil, the group's second-largest market after France, business was resilient in the quarter, despite a slower economy.
Trading conditions remained difficult in China, amid slowing consumption, the company said in a statement.
Carrefour said its 2015 recurring operating income would be in line with expectations of 2.45 billion euros.
Europe's largest retailer said fourth-quarter sales were 22.43 billion euros ($24.41 billion), in line with the average of analyst estimates of 22.4 billion. Continuación...