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Carlsberg May Be Bidding for Bass

May 17, 2000

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Danish brewery group Carlsberg has offered up to 25 billion kroner ($3 billion) for six Britain-based Bass PLC breweries, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Carlsberg, which ranks among the top 10 brewing companies in the world, declined comment on the report in the Berlingske Tidende daily.

``We’ve signed a document stating we won’t comment,″ Carlsberg spokeswoman Magrethe Skov said. ``It’s for Bass, as the seller, to say anything if they so wish.″

Bass had no immediate comment and said no announcement was planned this week.

The Copenhagen-based group, which brews both Carlsberg and Tuborg beers, was negotiating with Bass for the sale of the breweries but was in close competition with Dutch beer producer Heineken, according to the newspaper.

Bass, which owns some of Britain’s best-known beer brands, has said it was considering selling its breweries to focus more on its Holiday Inn and other hotel holdings and expanding its pub chains.

Its popular beer brands include Bass Ale and Carling lager.

Carlsberg has about 100 subsidiaries and associated companies worldwide, with 20,500 employees.

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