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Industry Report Card: European Retail Apr 03 Product Image

Industry Report Card: European Retail Apr 03

  • ID: 1871225
  • April 2003
  • Region: Europe
  • Standard & Poors


  • Alliance Boots Ltd.
  • Carrefour S.A.
  • Focus Retail Group Ltd.
  • Kering S.A.
  • Marks & Spencer PLC
  • Signet Jewelers Ltd.
  • MORE

Despite the inherent defensiveness of European food retail, most rating actions have continued to be negative in the past quarter. The main rating action has been Netherlands-based Ahold Koninklijke N.V.'s (BB+/Watch Neg/B) downgrade to high-yield status, following the disclosure of accounting irregularities. Furthermore, the ratings on Ahold have been placed on CreditWatch with negative implications. Standard & Poor's is closely monitoring Ahold's liquidity position, which is now the key driver of the ratings, and would take further negative rating actions if Ahold does not maintain appropriate leeway in respect of its liquidity. The other main rating actions have concerned U.K.-based food retailers and mainly derive from the ongoing takeover battle for Safeway PLC (BBB+/Watch Dev/A-2), the U.K.'s fourth-largest player. Although...

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- Alliance Boots Ltd.
- Marks & Spencer PLC
- J Sainsbury PLC
- Kingfisher PLC
- Signet Jewelers Ltd.
- Wuerth GmbH & Co. KG Adolf
- Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
- Safeway PLC
- Carrefour S.A.
- Experian Finance PLC
- Tesco PLC
- Metro AG
- Koninklijke Vendex KBB N.V.
- Groupe Auchan S.A.
- Brake Bros Ltd.
- Big Food Group PLC (The)
- Casino Guichard - Perrachon & Cie S.A.
- Migros Genossenschaftsbund
- Kering S.A.
- TM Group Ltd.
- Corporate Express N.V.
- Focus Retail Group Ltd.

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