PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway here is considering putting its Canadian assets into a real estate investment trust (REIT), according to reports. The company told investors it was exploring the move as investors and analysts have been speculating about the potential sale of the division, which includes 222 stores, mostly in Western Canada, generating $6.6 billion in annual sales. Loblaw Cos., Canada’s largest traditional supermarket chain, recently unveiled plans to put about 35 ...

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