The Carrefour Group is a leading retailer. The group features four major grocery retail formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, cash and carry, and convenience stores. The Carrefour Group currently has over 9,900 company-owned and franchise stores. A pioneer in countries such as Brazil in 1975 and China in 1995, the group operates on three major markets: Europe, Latin America and Asia. With a presence in more than 30 countries, it generates more than 55% of its sales outside France. The group gives priority to local supply chains, so 75% of food products come from local suppliers in the countries in which it operates.