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Albertsons and Safeway supermarket chains strike $9.1 billion merger deal

U.S. supermarket chains Safeway and Albertsons Thursday agreed to merge in a $9.1 billion deal that will create a giant with more than 2,400 stores and 250,000 employees. Under the deal, Albertsons owner Cerberus agreed to pay $40 a share for Safeway. The two companies said the scale of the…