Mexico's Soriana to exclude 14 stores from Comerci acquisition

miércoles 21 de octubre de 2015 23:32 GYT

MEXICO CITY Oct 21 (Reuters) - Mexican supermarket chain Soriana said on Wednesday it would exclude 14 stores from its acquisition of rival Comercial Mexicana's operations after the competition regulator objected to the sale.

Mexico's Federal Competition Commission, Cofece, approved the transaction earlier this month, after saying Soriana's acquisition would reduce competition and raise prices for consumers. The move followed Comercial Mexicana's decision to sell most of its stores to Soriana in January.

The scaled-down acquisition is valued at 39.2 billion pesos ($2.36 billion) and covers 143 stores, the companies said in a statement. ($1 = 16.6304 Mexican pesos) (Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)