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BOTTLING IT

DRINKS giant PepsiCo yesterday said it had secured a $7.8bn deal to take over its its two largest bottlers, Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas. The group said that the takeover will save it £300m by 2012. PepsiCo is battling slumping sales as consumers are increasingly cutting out fizzy drinks. PepsiCo will pay Pepsi Bottling Group shareholders $36.50 a share either in cash or stock, while PepsiAmericas’s will get $28.50 a share.