Operating income for Groupe Casino is up by 8.7% to E481.6m for the first half-year.

This has been attributed to an aggressive pricing policy by Geant hypermarkets and the launch of a campaign in its Casino supermarkets to drive faster sales growth.

In France organic growth is expected to remain strong for the second half of the year led by the acceleration of its store expansion programme.

International operations are also expected to further increase their contribution in the second half due to a rebound in US activities, sustained good performance in Thailand and the recovery of Geant Polska and the improving economic environment in Latin America.