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• France-based retailer Carrefour said that its total first quarter sales were up 8.3 percent to the equivalent of $24.3 billion, with its French business outperforming its operations elsewhere in Europe. Better growth was seen in Asia and South America.

• McDonald's reported that March same-store sales in the US were up 6.6 percent, while its global same-store sales were up 5.3 percent. Total sales for the month were up 3.3 percent.
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