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• Safeway Inc. has agreed to create a committee made up of employees and outside experts that will examine animal welfare issues. The East Bay Business Times reports that the decision was made in part because of pressure applied to the chain by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has been lobbying the company to promote a more humane method of slaughtering birds.

• France-based retailer Carrefour reportedly plans to open 20 new hypermarkets in China this year. The company currently has 70 stores there, having opened 14 units during 2005.

• The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Canada is running a more than $200 million (US) trade surplus with the United States in beer – up more than $30 million (US) from a year ago.
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