Jean Coutu Group Inc., the second- best performing pharmacy stock in North America in the past three years, is poised to buy up smaller rivals as it hoards cash amid consolidation in Canada’s retail industry.

The Longueuil, Quebec-based company has built up cash of about $462 million by selling a 28 percent stake in Rite Aid Corp. in three different equity transactions since April, according to statements released by the company.

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