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Takeover talk boosts Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's store

Sainsbury's shares closed 10% higher on Thursday amid speculation that Qatari investors are about to increase their stake in the supermarket chain.

Unconfirmed rumours suggested the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), which currently owns a 26% stake in Sainsbury's, had made a takeover offer.

The state-backed wealth fund made a £10.5bn offer for the company in 2007.

Sainsbury's declined to comment on the market speculation. Its shares had earlier risen as much as 20%.

Sainsbury's closed 31.4 pence higher at 342.5p. Earlier it had risen as high as 373p.

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