CARREFOUR OPERATING NET RISES

PARIS -- Despite a lackluster economy in its home market, the Carrefour hypermarket group here keeps growing, thanks to its domestic and international strategies, according to Daniel Bernard, chairman.At the company's annual meeting here, Bernard said operating profit for the year ended Dec. 31 rose 29.5% to nearly $530.6 million (2.6 billion francs). Sales rose 9.5% to $27.8 billion. Conversions

PARIS -- Despite a lackluster economy in its home market, the Carrefour hypermarket group here keeps growing, thanks to its domestic and international strategies, according to Daniel Bernard, chairman.

At the company's annual meeting here, Bernard said operating profit for the year ended Dec. 31 rose 29.5% to nearly $530.6 million (2.6 billion francs). Sales rose 9.5% to $27.8 billion. Conversions were made at the rate of $1 equals 4.9 francs. Bernard focused on the importance of inte

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