Supermarket retailer Casino, which is battling investor concerns over its high debt, said revenue growth slowed down slightly in the fourth quarter as anti-government protests in France impacted sales.
French consumer confidence fell in November to its lowest level since February 2015, according to data from the official statistics agency INSEE, another sign of sluggishness in the euro zone's second-biggest economy.
French retailers warned on Friday that protests across the country against rising fuel taxes and Macron's economic policies could derail the crucial Christmas shopping season that starts with Black Friday discounts.
Ocado, the online supermarket and technology provider, sees opportunities to strike more deals with established grocers in Europe, Asia and South America, and could move into other categories in retail and beyond.
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