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Sainsbury to buy Walmart Inc.’s Asda for $20.67 billion

Walmart has agreed sell of its British arm Asda Group Ltd. to rival J Sainsbury PLC in a deal worth about £15 billion ($20.67 billion).

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Earlier it was reported that Sainsbury's and Walmart are in talks to merge. Initially, it was about a deal worth £10 billion ($13.8 billion). As a result, Asda was valued at £7.3 billion ($10.1 billion). In the combined company, Walmart would own a stake of 42% and will receive £2.9 billion ($4.1 billion) from Sainsbury.

The deal would create a supermarket giant, which will be the largest on the British market - with a share of 30%. Currently Tesco has the biggest market share.

Shares in Sainsbury soared as much as 21 percent in early trade on Monday. Tesco Plc lost as much as 3.4 percent.

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