Carrefour fined for oil stampede

CHONGQING, CHINA: French retailer Carrefour has been fined 500,000 yuan (£34,000) after three people died in a stampede to buy cut-price cooking oil in a supermarket. A security officer has been arrested, and other employees punished. The Chinese government said the store was responsible for the incident, in which a further 31 people were injured because of a lack of accident prevention measures. The oil promotion was part of a three-day campaign marking 10 years since Carrefour had opened in Chongqing. The government subsequently issued an emergency ban on shops offering time-limited promotions.