PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Food retailer Casino, which previously expected its French retail operating profit to grow, on Friday cut its 2021 guidance, now seeing "a slight decrease", blaming a decline in the country's food market in the fourth quarter.
Casino CASP.PA said France's food retail sector had declined by a bigger than expected 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2021.
France was among the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus at the end of last year.
Casino said it now expects a slight decrease in 2021 EBITDA (earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) in its French retail operations of 1.7% to around 1.28 billion euros ($1.43 billion).
It reports full-year figures on Feb. 25.
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