Metro Eyes Acquisitions

MONTREAL Less than two years after spending $1.5 billion for A&P's 236 stores in Ontario in 2005, Metro here said it would consider more acquisitions outside its key markets of Quebec and Ontario. The company's medium-term goal is to become the second-largest grocer in Canada behind Loblaw Cos. and leapfrogging over Sobeys, Pierre Lessard, Metro's chief executive officer, told shareholders at the

MONTREAL — Less than two years after spending $1.5 billion for A&P's 236 stores in Ontario in 2005, Metro here said it would consider more acquisitions outside its key markets of Quebec and Ontario.

The company's medium-term goal is to become the second-largest grocer in Canada behind Loblaw Cos. and leapfrogging over Sobeys, Pierre Lessard, Metro's chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here last month.

For fiscal 2006, Metro had

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