Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- X5 Retail Group NV jumped the most in two weeks after a newspaper reported that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may acquire the Russian retailer’s hypermarket chain Karusel to enter the local market.
X5 surged as much as 5.4 percent to $26.41, its biggest intraday gain since Feb. 1, and traded up 0.5 percent at $25.20 as of 3:40 p.m. in London.
X5, based in the Russian capital, may get as much as $2 billion for Karusel and announce the decision a few weeks after a board meeting that’s scheduled for tomorrow, Delovoy Peterburg reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
Svetlana Vitkovskaya, an X5 spokeswoman in Moscow, denied that the company is in talks with Wal-Mart, though she confirmed the board will meet tomorrow, without elaborating.
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