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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Owner of Argos stores rejects approach from Sainsbury's

Roger Baird

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

There are Argos and Homebase stores across the island of Ireland
There are Argos and Homebase stores across the island of Ireland

UK based supermarket Sainsbury's has confirmed it made an approach for Argos owner Home Retail Group, which has been rejected.

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Sainsbury's said it is considering its position, adding that there can be no certainty that it will make a formal offer for the business, which also owns DIY chain Homebase.

But it said: "The board of Sainsbury's believes the combination of Sainsbury's and Home Retail Group is an attractive proposition for the customers and shareholders of both companies, establishing a platform for long-term value creation."

Sainsbury's did not disclose the details of its approach, but Home Retail Group has a stock market valuation of just over £1bn. The supermarket said it first made its approach for Home Retail Group in November.

A successful bid by Sainsbury's for Home Retail Group would greatly extend its reach in Northern Ireland - and bring it into the Republic of Ireland for the first time.

Sainsbury's currently has 13 of its own stores in Northern Ireland, while there are Argos and Homebase stores across the island of Ireland.

It added that over the last year it has worked in partnership with Home Retail Group testing a number of Argos concessions in Sainsbury's stores.

Sainsbury's said a combination of the two stores will create a strong food and non-food retailer with strong heritages. It added that the benefits of a tie-up would include profitable sales growth, create a wider financial services business and would generate savings by cross-selling each firm's products and services across the wider group's stores. (PA).

Irish Independent

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