ASIAN CRISIS ANALYZED BY GLOBAL RETAILERS

SINGAPORE -- The Asian economic crisis is creating hurdles and opportunities for major global retailers hoping to expand in this region.Executives from companies including French food retailer Carrefour; Ahold, Zaandam, Netherlands; and Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm told last week's annual congress of CIES: The Food Business Forum that they were in Asia to stay and expand.But these executives told the

SINGAPORE -- The Asian economic crisis is creating hurdles and opportunities for major global retailers hoping to expand in this region.

Executives from companies including French food retailer Carrefour; Ahold, Zaandam, Netherlands; and Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm told last week's annual congress of CIES: The Food Business Forum that they were in Asia to stay and expand.

But these executives told the 600 delegates gathered here that the economic crisis has had an effect on how

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