PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - World No 2 retailer Carrefour said on Friday that sales growth accelerated in the first quarter, reflecting robust sales in Brazil, Spain and Italy, and a lacklustre performance in France, which suffered from tough year-ago comparables.
Trading conditions however remained difficult in China amid slowing consumption, with sales falling 8.4 percent on a like-for-like basis in the country.
Europe’s largest retailer said first-quarter sales were 20.05 billion euros ($22.58 billion), in line with the average of analyst estimates for 20.04 billion in a ThomsonReuters poll.
Stripping out fuel, currency and calendar effects, revenue grew 3.2 percent year-on-year, an acceleration from the 2.4 percent growth in the fourth quarter 2015.
Carrefour finance head Pierre-Jean Sivignon said market estimates for full-year 2016 earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of around 2.5 billion euros were “reasonable”. Last year’s operating profit reached 2.45 billion. ($1 = 0.8880 euros) (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; editing by Geert De Clercq)