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  • The Kantar Group, the consulting division of WWP, reportedly has acquired Cannondale Associates, published of the well-known Power Ranking that evaluates retailers and their manufacturer trade partners.

  • Published reports say that French retailer Auchan is spending the equivalent of $1.36 billion (US) to acquire the foods division of retailer La Rinascente SpA, a move that will expand the French company’s Italian presence.

  • UK retailer Tesco, according to the Wall Street Journal, has launched a new digital music download service designed to compete with Apple’s iTunes – selling music for the same amount but offering a service compatible with a broader number of operating systems.

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