LOBLAW TO UNION: HELP US BE MORE COMPETITIVE

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (FNS) -- Loblaw Cos., Toronto, is hinting it may need concessions from its unions to combat the growing presence of nonunionized Wal-Mart Canada and Costco, although Loblaw continues to dominate Canada's grocery business with a one-third market share."The risk remains not with our traditional competitors but rather from the nonunion mass merchandisers," said John Lederer, Loblaw

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (FNS) -- Loblaw Cos., Toronto, is hinting it may need concessions from its unions to combat the growing presence of nonunionized Wal-Mart Canada and Costco, although Loblaw continues to dominate Canada's grocery business with a one-third market share.

"The risk remains not with our traditional competitors but rather from the nonunion mass merchandisers," said John Lederer, Loblaw president, at the company's annual meeting here last week. "Nonunion implies lower co

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