AUSTRALIA'S JEWEL MULLS PURCHASE BIDS

SYDNEY, Australia -- Jewel Food Stores here is mulling offers from potential buyers of its 96-store operation.en though it wasn't actively seeking to sell the company, according to J.R. Fleming, Jewel's chairman."The decision to consider offers from outside interests for Jewel is a difficult one for both myself and my family, as we have been involved in grocery retailing since early this century and

SYDNEY, Australia -- Jewel Food Stores here is mulling offers from potential buyers of its 96-store operation.

en though it wasn't actively seeking to sell the company, according to J.R. Fleming, Jewel's chairman.

"The decision to consider offers from outside interests for Jewel is a difficult one for both myself and my family, as we have been involved in grocery retailing since early this century and had built Jewel up from small origins in 1971," Fleming said. "This decision

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