The founding family of U.K. grocer Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc has contacted private-equity funds such as CVC Capital Partners Ltd. and Carlyle Group LP to weigh their interest in taking the retailer private, people with knowledge of the matter said.
In Marc Bolland’s last role as head of William Morrison Supermarkets Plc, he turned around an unprofitable, unfashionable U.K. food retailer. Marks & Spencer Group Plc investors want an encore when he takes the helm May 4.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they’ll press for closer euro-area economic integration with tougher deficit rules and stricter supervision to stamp out the debt crisis.
WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc is one of only two major British grocers not proven to have sold horsemeat mislabeled as beef this year. Even that -- a big advantage with tainted meat dominating headlines -- has done little to halt a market share slide for the company.