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South Africa's Brait lunges for Virgin Active in $1.9B deal

CVC will exit the fitness club chain, while Richard Branson's Virgin Group will retain a 20% stake. Continue reading

Five apparel retail groups that would look sharper with better focus

Investors will punish a company with one lagging brand, even if others under the corporate umbrella are performing like stars. Breakups might be the best solution. Continue reading

Former suitor for in-flight retailer SkyMall to launch competitor

Scottevest CEO Scott Jordan's Sky2Buy venture will begin operating in June or July. Continue reading

Moves by Perry Ellis and Oxford mark the continued decline of the Seventh Avenue model

Large apparel groups are breaking themselves up amid the struggles of department store chains -- historically their best customers. Continue reading

Insurgents know no bounds when it comes to the FTC

Antitrust hurdles? What antitrust hurdles? Activists often don't see any real regulatory problems. Continue reading

Kraft commands a price only Warren Buffett could stomach

The $55 billion acquisition comes at a multiple of 23 times the target's Ebitda. Aggressive cost-cutting might lower that figure, but Campbell and ConAgra would be easier to digest. Continue reading

Lexmark doubles enterprise software sales in $1B Kofax acquisition

The buyer touts the tax benefits of purchasing the Bermuda-domiciled target. Continue reading

Heinz and Kraft to combine and create world's fifth largest food company

Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the new entity to be named Kraft Heinz Co. and receive a $10 billion dividend. Continue reading

Wilson Sporting Goods adds Louisville Slugger to the team

Chicago buyer acquires the 131 year-old bat maker's brand in a deal valued at $70 million. Continue reading

Smells like deal spirit: ADM leads consolidation round in flavors and fragrances

The agricultural giant's acquisition of Wild Flavors last year is likely to be followed by a spate of new transactions. Continue reading

Macerich rejects Simon's hostile $22B bid, adopts poison pill

Mall operator questioned the legality of Simon's actions and said it believes it can generate superior returns on its own. Continue reading

Corralling the unicorns: The next wave of billion-dollar startups

The cash held by big Silicon Valley acquirers is more than double the combined valuation of the best potential targets. Do the math. Continue reading

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