How many global retailers do you think there'll be in 10 years time? Eight, five or fewer? The IGD's Global Retailing Conference, which takes place alongside IFE at ExCel on Tuesday March 27, aims to take the guesswork out of questions like this with a line-up of top speakers. Chaired by TV newsreader Michael Buerk, the conference will tackle issues such as as the global supremacy battle between Wal-Mart, Tesco, Carrefour and Ahold (Schroder Salomon Smith Barney director David McCarthy); Britain's role in food retail globalisation (ING Barings Charterhouse Securities head of European retail research Dr Clive Black); and Europe's hypermarket potential (Marktkauf Handelsgesellschaft md Kurt Jox). Asda/Wal-Mart trading director Mike Coupe will present the Wal-Mart model and Tesco deputy chairman David Reid will look at the challenges of developing new markets Price: IGD members £400+VAT, non-members £525+VAT. IGD tel: 01923 851910. {{FOCUS SPECIALS }}