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  • The Albany Times Union reports that Price Chopper there has decided to take the pressure off checkout personnel by requiring that everyone – everyone – show identification when buying tobacco or alcohol. The goal of the decision is to help alleviate the sales of such products to underage shoppers.

  • The UK’s William Morrison Supermarkets announced that it will sell 114 of the Safeway Plc stores that it acquired earlier this year for the equivalent of $479 million (US). Sixty-three units are being sold to Somerfield, with the balance going to Northwharf Investments (which reportedly will lease the stores back to Somerfield).

    The company said that the sale would allow it to concentrate on the core larger stores that make up the bulk of its fleet.

  • One day after there were reports that George Magan, a corporate financier and former treasurer of Britain's Conservative party, is preparing to launch a $9.1 billion (US) bid to acquire Sainsbury, the UK’s third-ranked grocery chain, there are new reports that former Asda executives Archie Norman and Allan Leighton have been approached to play a role if a takeover is achieved.

    There also are conflicting reports that Magan now is downplaying his interest in Sainsbury.

    The company has been perceived to be vulnerable to a takeover bid because of its recent sales declines, though any bid would require the acquiescence of the Sainsbury family, which still owns 35 percent of the chain.

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