Poultry sales dive 25 pc in French supermarkets

26th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 26 (AFP) - Sales of poultry in French supermarkets fell by about 25 percent in volume last week from the same week of 2004, the head of France's federation of large retail companies, FCD, said on Wednesday.

PARIS, Oct 26 (AFP) - Sales of poultry in French supermarkets fell by about 25 percent in volume last week from the same week of 2004, the head of France's federation of large retail companies, FCD, said on Wednesday.

"We recorded a fall of about 25 percent in volume last week compared with the equivalent week last year. It's a strong fall," Jerome Bedier told AFP.

FCD represents a number of France's biggest retailers and wholesalers, particularly food companies.

The decline coincides with "a lot of media exposure" of bird flu, Bedier said. Reports on the virus have proliferated since Turkey and Romania reported infected birds about 10 days ago, bringing the virus to the borders of Europe.

However, the decline in poultry sales in France varied from 30-45 percent for whole chickens to 15-20 percent for pre-cut chicken pieces such as thighs or wings.

All sorts of poultry, from chicken to turkey, are equally affected by the decline, but FCD members "have not reported a massive transfer to other meats", Bedier said.

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Subject: French news

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