J. SAINSBURY PLANS TO OPEN SEVEN NORTHERN IRELAND SITES

LONDON (FNS) -- J. Sainsbury here said it plans to invest $160 million (100 million pounds) to open seven supermarkets in Northern Ireland.Sainsbury's announcement is expected to spur its British competitors into attacking the Northern Ireland market, which is worth about $2.24 billion to $2.72 billion (1.4 billion to 1.7 billion pounds) a year. Both Tesco and Argyll, owner of Safeway, are known to

LONDON (FNS) -- J. Sainsbury here said it plans to invest $160 million (100 million pounds) to open seven supermarkets in Northern Ireland.

Sainsbury's announcement is expected to spur its British competitors into attacking the Northern Ireland market, which is worth about $2.24 billion to $2.72 billion (1.4 billion to 1.7 billion pounds) a year. Both Tesco and Argyll, owner of Safeway, are known to be looking for sites in the region.

According to U.K. analysts, the market is

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