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– Kroger (NYSE:KR) is said to be in talks to purchase small supermarket rival Albertsons (NYSE:ACI) for about $25 billion.

– Kroger (KR) is expected to pay cash and stock for Albertsons (ACI) in a deal that may be reached Thursday evening, according to a Bloomberg report. The exact price and structure of the deal weren’t known.

– Bloomberg earlier Thursday reported news of the transaction, though without giving any details on the possible value. Albertsons shares soared 12% in regular trading on Thursday and Albertson’s has a market cap of over $15 billion.

– The reports come after Albertsons (ACI) announced in late February that it was evaluating strategic alternatives for the supermarket chain.

– A potential combination between Kroger, the U.S.’s second largest grocer after Walmart (WMT), and Albertson’s, the fourth largest, is likely to see scrutiny among antitrust regulators.


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