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Around the globe news bites

Ikea Australia country manager, Jan Gardberg, in the retailer’s small-format store in Sydney.
Spanish chain joins purchasing group Spanish discount supermarket group DIA has joined a global purchasing alliance with three of its European rivals, a move designed to help the retailers cut prices and expand their own-label ranges. The group, Horizon National Services, was formed in June by French companies Auchan Retail and Casino Group along with Germany’s Metro. Supermarket groups are increasingly joining forces to try to strengthen their bargaining power with big-brand suppliers