Upmarket department store Galeries Lafayette said on Wednesday it will sell Boulanger household appliances and multimedia products in its stores, the latest alliance to compete with online giants like Amazon .
Online retail sales in France rose 13% to 22.3 billion euros ($26.10 billion) in the first quarter, said the French E-Commerce Federation, highlighting growth in a sector that has seen Amazon and others make in-roads.
French electronics retailer Fnac Darty said it would roll out demonstration areas for Google products and services in all its stores, as it speeds up the integration of Google's voice assistant to fend off Amazon.
The predictive marketing specialist, which recently closed on an $18 million funding round, has unveiled a new generation of its Campaign Intelligence solution, as well as its ambitions for Europe and North America.
Signalling an interest in the French market, U.S. firm KKR announced on Monday the appointment of Jacques Veyrat, the founder of Impala investment firm, as an official advisor for making investments in France.
French online retail sales rose 13 percent in the first half, the French E-Commerce Federation said, highlighting the country’s steps towards making France a major hub for fintech and online businesses.
Fresh from combining Fnac and Darty to better take on Amazon in France, Alexandre Bompard faces the challenge of reviving another ailing retail format when he becomes boss of Carrefour : the hypermarket.