Danone has entered talks with Japanese drinks companies, thought to include Kirin Holdings and Asahi Breweries, over the sale of its water businesss, according to a report.

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The Evian and Volvic bottled water group is in "early-stage" talks with Japan's drinks giants over a possible deal, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (9 November). Citing "people familiar with the matter", the paper said that a sale could fetch up to US$7bn.

Danone could not be immediately reached for comment.