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Eric La Flèche

Canadian drug chains to take hit from generic price cuts

Canadian drug chains to take hit from generic price cuts

TORONTO — Pharmacy operators across Canada will be hit hard by lower generic drug prices set to take effect this spring, said Metro Inc. chief executive officer Eric La Fleche. The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance — which represents the provincial, territorial and federal governments — and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association announced late last month that

Metro completes Jean Coutu acquisition financing

Metro completes Jean Coutu acquisition financing

MONTREAL — Metro Inc. has wrapped up financing for its $4.5 billion (Canadian) deal to acquire the Jean Coutu Group. The Canadian food and drug retailer updated the status of the Jean Coutu acquisition on Tuesday in reporting its fiscal 2018 first-quarter results. Metro said sales rose 4.7% year over year to $3.11 billion, while

Metro agrees to acquire Jean Coutu Group

Metro agrees to acquire Jean Coutu Group

MONTREAL — The acquisition of the Jean Coutu Group by Metro Inc. will create a $16 billion food and drug retailer with 1,307 stores in Quebec, Ontario and News Brunswick. Metro has agreed to purchase Coutu for $24.50 per share in cash and stock in a total deal valued at $4.5 billion ($3.6 billion U.S.).

Metro, Jean Coutu strike deal to merge

Metro, Jean Coutu strike deal to merge

MONTREAL — Just days after confirming talks about a potential deal, Metro Inc. and the Jean Coutu Group have agreed to merge. The companies said Monday that Metro plans to acquire Jean Coutu Group for $24.50 per share in cash and stock in a total deal valued at $4.5 billion ($3.6 billion U.S.). Under the