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London Markets: Sainsbury shares jump on report it’ll next attract private-equity bid

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Shares of U.K. supermarket chain J Sainsbury jumped 9% on Monday, amid reports it will be next in line for a private-equity bid after Wm Morrison Supermarkets.

American buyout giant Apollo is said to be considering a bid for Britain’s second-largest supermarket chain
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+11.27%
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according to the Sunday Times, a report that neither the supermarket chain nor Apollo commented upon.

Sainsbury shares are now up 43% this year.

Last week, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice agreed a £7 billion offer for Morrisons
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+0.03%
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while a consortium led by Fortress Investment Group said it was weighing whether to make a counteroffer. The Sunday Times said Apollo was still considering joining the Fortress consortium to bid for Morrisons.

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