company_name = Groupe Auchan SA
company_type = Private, SA
company_slogan = La vie Auchan, elle change la vie
"Auchan's lifestyle, it's changing your life!"
Roubaix, France( 1961)
location_city = Croix, Lille Métropole
key_people = Vianney Mulliez,
Thierry Mulliez, Vice-Chairman
Gérard Mulliez, Founder
products = Discount Stores, Grocery Stores,
Hypermarkets, Optical, Pharmacy, Clothing, Cosmetics, Financial Services, Insurance, Portrait Studio and more
revenue = profit € 36.71 billion (2007) cite web |url=http://www.groupe-auchan.com/pub-adm-fw3/display/000/506/525/5065253.pdf |title=Annual Report 2007 |accessdate=2008-10-04 |publisher=Auchan Group|format=PDF]
operating_income = profit €1.304 billion (2007)
net_income = profit €977 billion (2007)
assets = profit €25.283 billion (2007)
equity = profit €6.898 billion (2007)
num_employees = 186,000 (2007)
homepage = [http://www.groupe-auchan.com/index.jsp?lang=EN Auchan's Corporate Website]
Auchan (Pronounced: Óh-shon) SA is a French international retail group and
multinational corporationheadquartered in Croix, France. It is one of the world's principal distribution groups with a presence in 12 countries and 175,000 employees.
Auchan has branches in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Morocco, China, Romania, Taiwan and Ukraine.
26 October 2005, Auchan has 356 hypermarkets, 646 supermarkets and 2027 small shops around the world, as well as 116 hypermarkets in France. In several countries, including Poland and Ukraine, the chain has been confronted with protests linked to its labour policy.
Auchan SA is controlled by the
Mulliezfamily, one of the wealthiest in France. The Mulliez family has created a number of companies:
* Decathlon (sports stores)
ADEO Group - www.groupeadeo.com(DIY Shops)
Boulanger(electronic devices shops)
The slogan of the company was "La Vie, La Vraie", which translates into English as "Life, real life". The slogan was changed in 2007 to: "La vie Auchan, elle change la vie" - "Auchan's lifestyle changes your life".
Auchan around the world
Auchan's own-label product brands
*"Le Moins Cher"- Economy range similar to Smartprice (ASDA) , Value (Tesco & Morrisons) or Basics(Sainsbury's)
*"Les Produits Auchan"- Own brand of products
*"Rik et Rok"- Products designed for children (this is also a "club" for children)
*"Les Produits Régionaux"- Regional products such as Breton biscuits
* France : Auchan, Atac, Simply Market, Auchan Direct, Voyage Auchan, Immochan, Banque Accord.
* China : Auchan, RT Mart, Immochan, Accord Consulting.
* Spain : Alcampo, Sabeco, Simply Market, Immochan, accordfin.
* Hungary : Auchan, Immochan, Accord Magyarország.
* Italy : Auchan, smasupermercati, Cityper, Simply Market, Accord Italia.
* Luxembourg : Auchan, Immochan.
* Romania: Auchan, Immochan, Accord Intermed Consumer Finance.
* Poland : Auchan, Elea, A-Tak, Immochan, Accord Finance.
* Portugal : Jumbo, Pão de Açúcar, Oney.
* Russia : Ашан, Atak, Immochan, BA Finans.
* Taiwan : RT Mart, Immochan.
* Ukraine: Ашан, Immochan, Oney.
* On the Internet : Auchandirect, voyagesauchan.com
Auchan's withdrawn ventures
Auchan opened its first
hypermarketin the United States in 1988 in Houston off the Sam Houston Tollwaybetween Beechnut and Bissonnet streets. A second Houston location was opened in 2000 in a building just off the South Loop, which had formerly housed a Target store. Right before Auchan had decided on a second location, there were 55 checkout stands.
Auchan also tried opening a store in the
Chicagomarket in 1989. The store was a large hypermarket in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. [ [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3092/is_n5_v27/ai_6416073 Auchan chooses Chicago for its 2nd hypermarket | Discount Store News | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] The store was not successful and was later bought by a local Chicago chain, Dominick'ssupermarkets, and converted into an Omni Superstoreby 1991.
All US locations were closed by March 2003, leaving Auchan with no presence in the United States.
Auchan opened a number of stores in
Mexico; the first of these opened in Mexico Cityin 1997 and eventually grew to five stores. Faced with stiff competition from Wal-Mart, as well as local superstore chains Giganteand Comercial Mexicana, and French rival Carrefour(who also sold their stores and left the country in March 2005) , Auchan decided to sell their stores to Comercial Mexicanaand withdrew from Mexico in early 2005.
In 1997 Auchan sold its hypermarkets in Thailand to
In 2007 Auchan sold its Argentine stores to
Wal-Martand retired from this country.
Following a conflict with his Moroccan partner ONA, Auchan has sold its 49% in August 2007.
List of French companies
* [http://www.auchan.com/index.jsp?lang=EN Official site in English]
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