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MONTREAL - The prospect of facing Wal-Mart Canada as it prepares to open supercenters in Ontario doesn't faze Pierre Lessard, president and chief executive officer of Canadian supermarket operator Metro here.After all, the company has bulked up to become Canada's third-largest grocer with the $1.5 billion (U.S.) purchase last August of A&P's 236 stores in Ontario.The acquisition boosted Metro's annualized

MONTREAL - The prospect of facing Wal-Mart Canada as it prepares to open supercenters in Ontario doesn't faze Pierre Lessard, president and chief executive officer of Canadian supermarket operator Metro here.

After all, the company has bulked up to become Canada's third-largest grocer with the $1.5 billion (U.S.) purchase last August of A&P's 236 stores in Ontario.

The acquisition boosted Metro's annualized sales to $9.5 billion from $5.7 billion in fiscal 2005, giving it

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