Kroger and Albertsons in Deal Talks to Create Supermarket Powerhouse
Kroger Co. is in discussions with smaller rival Albertsons Cos. Inc. over a potential combination that could unite the two largest supermarket operators in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.
Combining could give the companies greater scale as they compete against bigger retailers like Walmart Inc., the biggest seller of groceries in the U.S.
A possible deal would likely also face regulatory scrutiny, analysts said, at a time when food prices for consumers have soared. Under the Biden administration, antitrust enforcers have been challenging mergers, arguing that...
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