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A season of excess

Bloated inventories could turn the year's busiest shopping weeks into a nightmare for these retailers. Continue reading

Delaware's drive to reduce M&A suits bears some fruit

Time will tell whether a reduction in class actions belies a shift to other state courts. Continue reading

SEC goes after coffee company founded by Bob Marley's son

Regulator alleges a group of offshore investors and the former CEO of Jammin Java Corp. organized a $78 million pump-and-dump scheme. Continue reading

Sale process for Brookshire Grocery is a real-life Dallas soap opera

Sources think the family-owned supermarket chain could fetch $840 million in a deal, which, despite buyer interest by the founder's grandson, will be difficult because of shares an ESOP owns. Continue reading

The Most Admired Corporate Dealmakers

Ten companies are singled out for their M&A prowess in what's expected to be the biggest year for deals since 2007. Continue reading

Angie's List gets buyout offer from IAC while pressed by activist

Barry Diller's Internet empire offers $512 million for Angie's List but could keep the site public via HomeAdvisor. Continue reading

Reckitt still looking for cure to slip K-Y deal by U.K. regulators

The consumer group bought the sexual lubricants range from Johnson & Johnson two years ago, only to face opposition from the British competition regulator. Continue reading

AB InBev, SABMiller get another week to hold merger talks

The companies report "good progress" in their discussions amid reports they're nearing a deal to sell SABMiller's stake in a joint venture with Molson Coors. Continue reading

Activist pressure could lead Cabela's to part ways with credit card business

Paul Singer's Elliott Associates disclosed an 11.1% stake in the outdoor products company and urged it to explore potential strategic transactions given the retail merchandise business' underperformance. Continue reading

Snyder's-Lance shareholders may have indigestion after ingesting Diamond Foods

Industry sources have previously told The Deal that anything more than $35 per share would be overpaying for the company. Continue reading

As Dialog Semiconductor shares drop, concerns about its Atmel acquisition rise

Dialog agreed in September to buy the chipmaker for $4.6 billion in cash and stock to help it diversify its customer base. Continue reading

Under activist pressure, Pep Boys sells to Bridgestone for $835M

The acquisition comes about four months after insurgent investor Mario Gabelli reached a deal to add three dissident directors to the auto-parts and services retailers' board. Continue reading

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Richard Collings

Senior Writer: Consumer Products & Retail

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