BLENDING IN BRAZIL

SAO PAULO, Brazil (FNS) -- The Brazilian supermarket sector is seeing a relatively new phenomenon that is already familiar to the U.S. market.It's called consolidation.That consolidation -- fueled by drastically lower inflation -- is being spearheaded mainly by big foreign chains taking over local ones. The large players are attempting to gain market share in an emerging market country with huge growth

SAO PAULO, Brazil (FNS) -- The Brazilian supermarket sector is seeing a relatively new phenomenon that is already familiar to the U.S. market.

It's called consolidation.

That consolidation -- fueled by drastically lower inflation -- is being spearheaded mainly by big foreign chains taking over local ones. The large players are attempting to gain market share in an emerging market country with huge growth potential.

Already small- and medium-sized operators are mergin

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