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FILE PHOTO: Shopping bags from Asda and Sainsbury's are seen in Manchester.

FILE PHOTO: Shopping bags from Asda and Sainsbury's are seen in Manchester, Britain April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/illustration/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator said on Tuesday it expected to publish its final report on supermarket group Sainsbury's proposed takeover of Walmart-owned rival Asda on Thursday, April 25.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had said in its provisional report in February that the 7.3 billion pound ($9.5 billion) deal should either be blocked entirely or require the sale of a significant number of stores, or even one of the brands.


(Reporting by James Davey; editing by David Evans)