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Carrefour profits rise

International supermarket group Carrefour has recorded a solid rise in operating profit in 2014, but says net profit fell as it invested in improving the shopping centres that host its stores. The world’s number two supermarket group said operating profit from recurring business rose 6.7 per cent to 2.38 billion euros ($A3.37 billion) while net earnings slipped 1.5 per cent to 1.24 billion. Sales data, which had been published earlier, showed a dip of 0.3 per cent to 74.7 billion euros, bu