CONSOLIDATION HEATS UP IN CANADA

TORONTO -- It was a big year for Canadian consolidation, and there's still more to come.Consolidation activities in Canada ramped up late last year, with Loblaw Cos. here making an unsolicited but successful offer to acquire Montreal-based Provigo in December to strengthen its position in Ontario and give it a major presence in the Quebec market.In a separate transaction, also in December, Loblaw

TORONTO -- It was a big year for Canadian consolidation, and there's still more to come.

Consolidation activities in Canada ramped up late last year, with Loblaw Cos. here making an unsolicited but successful offer to acquire Montreal-based Provigo in December to strengthen its position in Ontario and give it a major presence in the Quebec market.

In a separate transaction, also in December, Loblaw picked up 198 stores and two distribution facilities from Sobeys, Stellart

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