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Safeway Adopts Poison Pill After Big Stock Buys

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NEW YORK (AP) - Safeway is adopting a plan to prevent a hostile takeover after learning of a significant accumulation of its stock.
    
The announcement Tuesday sent shares of the grocer spiking to an all-time high.
    
So-called "poison pill" plans allow existing shareholders to acquire more stock at a discounted rate to discourage a takeover by an outside entity.
    
Safeway's defensive plan becomes exercisable if a person or group acquires 10 percent or more of the company's common stock, or 15 percent by an institutional investor.
    
Safeway, which also operates Vons, noted that it has taken a number of strategic initiatives to increase value for shareholders, including the recent sale of its Canadian unit.
    
Shares of Safeway Inc., based in Pleasanton, Calif., jumped almost 8 percent to $30.26.

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