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EDINBURGH, April 16 (Reuters) - CVC Capital Partners , Qatar's QIA and Canada's Brookfield have abandoned a secret plan to bid for British supermarket group J.Sainsbury plc , Sky News reported on Saturday.
The report could not immediately be verified.
Sky said the trio had dropped a planned takeover, hatched in the autumn, after Sainsbury's made a 1.4 billion pound ($2 billion) bid for Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos.
QIA has an around 25 percent stake in Sainsbury's.
$1 = 0.7040 pounds Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary; Editing by Alexander Smith