Carrefour posted solid growth in the first quarter of 2017, with sales of €21.3bn, up 6.2%.
Carrefour performance once again underscores the relevance of Carrefour’s multiformat model and the good balance of its country portfolio. Food sales showed solid growth, rising by 5.9% in the quarter. Carrefour’s omnichannel approach continued to gain momentum with a significant increase of +34% in Group Gross ndise Value this quarter.
This quarter was marked by a particularly strong calendar effect of -1.6%, due to the fact that Easter is in the second quarter this year and there was one less trading day in Q1 2017 as 2016 was a leap year. Carrefour benefited this quarter from a favorable currency effect of +3.9%, due to the appreciation of the Brazilian Real. The petrol effect was also favorable, at +1.3%.
Sales in international activities were up +10.9% in the first quarter of 2017. This performance takes into account a negative calendar effect of -1.8% and a positive currency effect of +7.3%. Like-for-like sales growth was solid, at +2.1%, driven by a +2.8% increase in food sales.
In Latin America, like-for-like sales were up +7.8% (+11.7% on an organic basis), a solid performance. The currency effect was +22.1%.
In Brazil, the roll-out of Carrefour’s multiformat model continues to bear fruit in an environment marked by high unemployment and a slowdown in inflation in Q1. In this context, Carrefour posted a good performance, with like-for-like sales up +5.6% (+10.5% on an organic basis). Carrefour’s success in the country reflects the continued progression of Atacadão and hypermarkets as well as further openings of convenience stores under the Express banner. Like-for-like sales in Argentina were up +14.6% in a difficult economic environment.
Asia posted another sequential improvement in sales, which were down -4.0% in the first quarter of 2017 (-2.3% on an organic basis). China recorded a like-for-like sales drop of -5.5% and sales in Taiwan rose for the ninth consecutive quarter, up +0.3% on a like-for-like basis on the back of strong comparables.
In Other European countries, sales rose again in the quarter (+3.6% in total) on a challenging comparable base in several countries. On a like-for-like basis, sales were up +0.9% in the quarter.
- In Spain, like-for-like sales were up +0.3% in the quarter on the back of strong comparables in the same period last year (+3.4%);
- Positive momentum continued in Italy, where like-for-like sales were up +1.6%, on the back of strong comparables in Q1 2016 (+4.5%);
- Like-for-like sales remained very dynamic in Poland and in Romania.
In a first quarter marked by an unfavorable calendar effect and a very competitive environment, France showed good resilience and posted sales growth (+0.8% in total). For the fifth year in succession, food sales were up in the first quarter, with a like-for-like increase of +1.3%.
Total sales at hypermarkets were down -0.8% (-1.6% LFL) in an environment that remained highly promotional throughout the quarter. Other formats continued to perform well, with total supermarket sales up +1.1% (+2.2% LFL) and total sales in convenience and other formats continuing to be particularly solid at +5.5% (+4.4% LFL), benefiting from the growth of e-commerce and the positive momentum of exDIA stores converted to Carrefour banners for more than 12 months. PWKD18042017