September 19, 2019 / 1:19 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Casino poised to sell Leader Price unit to Aldi - Les Echos

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PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - French supermarket retailer Casino is poised to sell its Leader Price unit to its German low-cost competitor Aldi in a deal estimated at 400 million euros, French daily Les Echos reported on Thursday.

Casino said last month it was targeting the sale of 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) worth of assets in addition to the 2.5 billion initially sought to reduce its debt burden. The retailer has mandated BNP Paribas to handle a possible deal, the newspaper added.

Casino declined to comment.

Shares in Casino were up 2.4% percent at 1300 GMT, outperforming the bluechip CAC 40 index (+0.56%).

Casino has been struggling in France, where a price war among supermarkets has dented retailers' profit margins.

Its parent company Rallye, also highly indebted, was placed under protection from creditors in May.

Earlier this month, Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky and Slovak partner Patrik Tkac bought a 4.63% stake in Casino in a show of support for CEO and controlling shareholder Jean-Charles Naouri.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten Editing by Richard Lough

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