Carrefour will probably receive little more than a rap on the knuckles from the Chinese authorities for breaking the rules over obtaining planning permission for new hypermarkets. Carrefour clashed with Beijing last year by building hypermarkets without seeking permission from central government. However, the selection of Carrefour president Daniel Bernard as the official counsellor to the mayor of Beijing on retailing matters demonstrates relations have since improved, said a spokesman. Nevertheless, officials have hinted Carrefour may have to wait longer than rivals to secure planning permission in future as a punishment for its transgressions. Carrefour has 27 hypermarkets in China compared with Wal-Mart's 12. {{NEWS }}