Business Monitor International predicts that sales at supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates could grow by 80% or more by 2013. Part of the short-term growth is expected to be driven by people dining out less.
At a meeting in Changsha, Suning Appliance Vice President Jiang Yong said the electronics retailer plans to open at least 200 stores throughout China in 2009. At least 10 of the outlets will be in Hunan, and the list includes several new cities, including Yiyang, Loudi and Liuyang.
France's Carrefour is planning Near Field Communication trials so its customers can make payments using their mobile phones through the MasterCard version of the retailer's own card. Along with other large retail chains in France, Carrefour is working with French mobile operators to arrange the NFC trials.
Local independent retailers generally had higher standards of customer care than major chain stores did, according to a survey by consumer magazine Which?. However, some chains, such as ALDI and Lidl, also received high marks in the poll of more than 14,000 members of Which? magazine.