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• The Michigan Business Review reports that Mark Murray, president of Meijer Inc., told a meeting of the Battle Creek Economic Club that the company would thrive through “a continued focus on value pricing and reinvestment.”

Murray said, "We continue to grow at a modest rate. We open five to 10 stores a year. We've done that for years. We'll continue to do that for years."

And other thing: Murray said that Meijer is not for sale.

• As part of its just-completed acquisition of Associated Grocers, Unified Grocers’ board of directors voted last week voted to expand its size from 16 to 19 in order to accommodate three new directors who operate retail grocery stores in the state of Washington. The new members are Terry Halverson, president and chief executive officer, Metropolitan Market, Paul Kapioski, president and owner, CAP Food Services Co., and Michael S. (Mike) Trask, president and owner, Stanlar Foods, Inc.

• In the UK, the Sunday Times reported over the weekend that the British Competition Commission – without making any specific recommendations – plans to offer a preliminary look at a report that will criticize supermarket chains there for demanding lump-sum slotting allowances and promotional fees for the placement of new and existing products. Tesco and Asda have both denied doing anything wrong, though they have handed over millions of emails to the commission as it has looked to make its case against the retailers. Both chains now have the opportunity to respond to the preliminary report before the Competition Commission makes a final report and recommendations.

• It is expected, based on reports in the UK, that the board of directors at Sainsbury is expected to recommend that the company’s shareholders accept a revised bid from Delta Two, the investment arm of the Qatari royal family, to acquire the company.
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