SAO PAULO Nov 28 Brazilian retailer Grupo Pão
de Açúcar SA sees a sale of its controlling stake in
Via Varejo SA as its best strategic option, but
would consider alternatives if a deal falls through, Via
Varejo's head of investor relations Alexandre Gonçalves said on
Gonçalves declined to elaborate on specific alternatives GPA
could pursue. He also said Via Varejo is awaiting an independent
auditor's report on tax benefits related to the "Lei do Bem"
before deciding whether to make use of them.
(Reporting by Ana Mano; Writing by Bruno Federowski)