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1. Car­refour’s Kenyan move

Car­refour’s fran­chisee in Kenya, Ma­jid Al Fut­taim, has signed a part­ner­ship agree­ment with on­line re­tailer Ju­mia to of­fer on­line shop­ping in the East African na­tion from Jan­uary. The deal will al­low the re­tailer to use Ju­mia’s e-com­merce plat­form and net­work to of­fer its prod­ucts to more Kenyans, where it started op­er­a­tions in 2016 and has six out­lets.

2. Un­der scru­tiny

Ger­many’s an­titrust authority has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether e-com­merce giant Ama­zon is ex­ploit­ing its mar­ket dom­i­nance in its re­la­tions with third-party re­tail­ers that use its web­site as a mar­ket­place. The move comes as Euro­pean reg­u­la­tors have been tak­ing a tough line on tech gi­ants such as Google and Facebook, with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion also look­ing into Ama­zon’s dual role as re­tailer and mar­ket­place.

3. Unilever boss steps down

Unilever said this week that its CEO, Paul Pol­man, 62, was re­tir­ing and would be re­placed by the head of its beauty unit, Alan Jope, 54, from Jan­uary 1. Pol­man’s last sig­nif­i­cant act at Unilever is likely to be a medium-sized ac­qui­si­tion to build out its pres­ence in In­dia. Jope, 54, has been at Unilever, which pro­duces Mar­mite and Dove soap, his whole ca­reer.

4. Kel­logg’s to la­bel ce­re­als

Kel­logg’s is to put “traf­fic light” la­belling on most of its ce­real packs sold in the UK from Jan­uary, hav­ing pre­vi­ously re­fused to do so. The UK gov­ern­ment's vol­un­tary scheme, in­tro­duced in 2013, in­di­cates whether sugar, salt and fat lev­els are high, medium or low us­ing red, am­ber and green colours, based on the amount per 100g.

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