METRO TO BECOME ONTARIO POWERHOUSE VIA A&P ACQUISITION

MONTREAL -- The pending purchase by Metro here of A&P's Canadian stores will transform Metro from an also-ran to a major player in the Toronto marketplace -- a change that could eventually inject more pricing pressures both in Ontario and its home province of Quebec, analysts told SN last week.

The acquisition could also enable Metro to become more aggressive in store expansion, butting heads with Loblaw and Sobeys for new locations, they said.

The $1.5 billio

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