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Aeon to end partnership with Mitsubishi

Japanese supermarket operator Aeon Co. Ltd. will end its long-standing partnership with trading company Mitsubishi Corp. in February 2019, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Dec. 28.

Aeon said that the companies agreed to terminate the partnership, which was struck in 2008 with Mitsubishi buying a 5% stake in the retailer after Mitsubishi approached it about selling its shares in the company. Mitsubishi cut its stake in Aeon to 2.34% as of Dec. 28 from 4.64% at the end of August as part of its efforts to liquidate certain cross-shareholdings.

Both the companies reportedly have agreed to continue their business ties, according to the report.

The partnership reportedly was reeling under diminishing returns and apparent differences regarding convenience store operations.