Safeway selling Canadian operations to Empire

Safeway has signed a deal to sell its Canadian operations, which include 213 full-service stores, to Empire Co., parent of the Sobeys chain. The $5.7 billion sale will include 62 fuel stations, four distribution centers and about 200 in-store pharmacies. The deal makes Sobeys Canada's second-biggest supermarket chain behind Loblaw; both companies face growing competition for Canadians' grocery dollars from Wal-Mart Canada and Target.

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