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Retailers Remaining in Russia Face Backlash in EU’s East

  • Chain stores with Russian presence see slower Polish sales: PM
  • Danone unit is urging ‘brave decisions’ from the head office

Consumers in Poland, the biggest economy in the Europe Union’s east, are turning their backs on foreign retailers who have stayed in Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.

Sales in stores run by these companies in Poland have dropped, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday, citing data available to the government. While he didn’t name names, French retailers including grocer Auchan and home improvement chain Leroy Merlin have become targets of boycott campaigns in the social media.