Report: Companies to watch in wake of CVS, Aetna deal
CVS Health’s decision to purchase insurance Aetna will transform both the pharmacy and health-care businesses. And it will also impact a potentially vulnerable small pool of retail chains.
Walgreens has the most to lose from the deal as it is the most similar to CVS in business model and the most reliant on drug sales to drive traffic into its stores, reported CNBC.
Other vulnerable retailers include Walmart, Kroger Co., and Rite Aid.
The report noted that Walgreens blocked acqusition of Rite Aid makes the chain particularly sensitive to regulatory risks posed by further deals that could come in reaction to CVS/Aetna.
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