Groupon Inc

Groupon grabs New York flash fashion site Ideeli in $43M cash deal

Chicago-based daily deals firm Groupon purchased New York-based flash fashion site Ideeli in a deal valued at $43 million in cash in a bid to compete with Amazon and other retail businesses.

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UK retailer Sports Direct acquires 4.6pct stake in Debenhams

Sports Direct, the biggest sporting goods seller in the UK, picked up a 4.6% stake in London-based multinational retail chain Debenhams for an undisclosed sum.

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Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Group says some customers' credit card data may have been stolen

Private equity-owned luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc said a cyber breach in the middle of December may have compromised some of its customer cards, Bloomberg reported.

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Target Corp says data breach larger than initially believed, state prosecutors get probe underway

Target Corp said the cyber breach of its payment cards during the holiday shopping season was more extensive than what it had initially believed, Reuters reported.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics

TPG in advanced talks to acquire US beauty brand e.l.f. Cosmetics -sources

California-based early stage investment platform TPG Growth is in advanced talks to acquire New York-based beauty company e.l.f. Cosmetics, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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Fifth & Pacific Cos.

NY fashion company Fifth & Pacific changes name, CEO steps down

New York fashion company Fifth & Pacific Cos. on Thursday changed its name to Kate Spade & Co. to reflect the company's new, singular focus. The apparel maker also announced on the same day that its chief executive William McComb will be replaced by Kate Spade CEO Craig Leavitt.

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Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Co Ltd

Chinese cotton manufacturer to invest $2B in Pakistan

Shandong, China-based cotton and yarn manufacturer Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Co Ltd will invest $2 billion in the energy and textile sectors of Pakistan over the next two years.

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Men's Wearhouse Inc

US clothing retailer Men's Wearhouse launches second move in hostile bid for Jos. A. Bank

Texas-based clothing retailer Men's Wearhouse made a $1.6 billion ($57.50 per share) cash offer as its latest move in a hostile bid for Maryland-based firm Jos. A. Bank, after its $55 per share offer was rejected.

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Marks and Spencer's

Marks and Spencer's Marc Bolland to come under investor pressure if next week's figures disappoint- report

Some investors say that Marc Bolland, the head of retailer Marks and Spencer will come under renewed investor pressure if the Christmas and New Year sales figures next week disappoints, a Financial Times report said.

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Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.

Jos. A. Bank tightens poison pill requirements

Retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers on Friday amended the ownership threshold of its poison pill to 10% from 20%. The amendment would enable Jos. A. Bank to issue a large number of shares to existing shareholders in case an unsolicited buyer acquires 10% of the company.

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Cambodia Garment Strike

Three dead in Cambodia garment workers strike -report

The Phnom Penh Municipal Police on Friday said that three people were killed and several others wounded after police fired AK-47 rifles to quell a labor protest by striking garment workers in Cambodia. Cambodian workers are demanding for a higher minimum wage.

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Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada is top dealmaker on Canadian retail M&A- report

The top dealmaker for Canadian retail mergers and acquisitions for 2013 is the Royal Bank of Canada, data from Bloomberg revealed. RBC has held the top spot for the third straight year.

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US shoemaker Crocs' chief to retire as Blackstone picks up $200M stake

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colorado, US-based plastic clogs maker Crocs Inc is set to retire, and Blackstone Group LP will acquire a $200-million convertible preferred stock in the struggling shoemaker.

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Angel investment in Russia quadrupled this year - study

Angel funding in Russian companies were 4.5 times more than funding from angel investors in 2012, according to a joint study by National Association of Business Angels (NABA), Atom Partners and RVC.

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590 venture-backed US companies could be IPO candidates next year - report

Research firm CB Insights revealed in its latest report that IPO activity will most likely be the most active in the technology sector as over 500 companies have healthy trajectories and high valuations.

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