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Reuters reports that France-based Carrefour is looking to ramp up its Russia expansion plans, noting that Russia’s tough economy may “offer global majors an easier entry into a highly fragmented sector which has more potential than many mature markets and where distressed asset prices are set to plunge.” Carrefour has just opened its first store in Moscow, and it plans to open two more units in that country by the end of the year.

Auchan, another French retailer, already has 30 stores in Russia. And Walmart has been making considerable noise about opening stores there.

• Unionized employees at Kroger-owned Smith’s Food and Drug in New Mexico have voted to ratify a new contract that covers more than 2,000 employees working in 26 stores. Details of the new deal were not disclosed.
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