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• The New York Times reports that it now appears that Carrefour will not be the subject of a takeover battle: “Takeover speculation ended when Bernard Arnault, a French investor, and Colony Capital, an American investment firm, said they would not acquire more than 20 percent of Carrefour until June 30, 2008, unless Carrefour’s largest shareholder, the Halley family, decided to sell its 13 percent stake or a new shareholder bought more than 5 percent of the company.”

• Published reports say that Ahold has invited Sysco, the number one foodservice distributor in the US, to consider making a bid for its US Foodservice division, which it put up for sale several months ago.
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