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FACTBOX-How Carrefour and Couche-Tard compare

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Canadian convenience-store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc has begun exploratory talks with continental Europe’s biggest retailer, Carrefour SA , over a potential deal.

Here’s an outline of the two businesses:

CARREFOUR

- Headquartered in Paris, Carrefour opened its first supermarket in the town of Annecy in 1960.

- Carrefour had a network of 12,775 stores in more than 30 countries as of last September. These range from smaller convenience stores in city centres to larger hypermarkets and cash-and-carry outlets aimed at caterers and other small businesses.

- The company, which has more than 320,000 employees, achieved turnover of 80.74 billion euros ($98.63 billion) in 2019.

- Alexandre Bompard has been chief executive since 2017, overseeing a company that had a market capitalisation of 12.6 billion euros ($15.4 billion) at Tuesday’s close.

COUCHE-TARD

- The company opened its first convenience store in 1980 in Laval, Quebec, where it still has its headquarters.

- Couche-Tard’s worldwide network comprises more than 14,200 stores, many of them roadside outlets that also sell fuel, and the company has a total of about 131,000 employees.

- In the year to April 28, 2019, Couche-Tard had turnover of $59.12 billion.

- Chief Executive Brian Hannasch has led the company since 2014.

- Couche-Tard has a market capitalisation of C$45.7 billion ($36 billion)

Source: Company websites, Reuters

$1 = 0.8186 euros $1 = 1.2713 Canadian dollars Compiled by Sarah Morland, Anait Miridzhanian and Tommy Lund Editing by Keith Weir and David Goodman

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