Qatari owned Italian fashion label Valentino has bid 500 million euro to acquire French competitor Balmain. The French brand had been looking for a new owner after its former owner passed away.
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The owner of the British store chain Argos, Home Retail Group, has accepted an acquisition bid by supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The entire operation should be finalized by the end of the third quarter already.
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Ailing Japanese electronics concern Sharp seems to have put an end to its acquisition soap, with its new owner, Foxconn, paying a lot less than originally offered.
Dutch fashion company R&S Retail Group, which owns Miss Etam, has tabled a bid for Belgian FNG (Fred & Ginger and several other brands). The Belgian company would remain in control, even if it were acquired.
American paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams has acquired its competitor Valspar for 8.3 billion euro and together they will now become the world's largest paint company
Italian liquor manufacturer Campari has acquired its French competitor Grand Marnier for 679 million euro, after both parties agreed the deal on Tuesday.
Italy's largest coffee roaster, Lavazza, forecasts a 20 % turnover increase this year, after it acquired Carte Noire. Allegedly, the Italians have paid 700 to 750 million euro for the French brand.
McCain Foods and Towerbrook Capital Partners have signed a deal regarding a majority stake in frozen food manufacturer Van Geloven. Towerbrook will continue to be a shareholder and will continue to support the company's expansion plans.
The world's largest travel suitcase manufacturer, Samsonite, is about to acquire its American competitor Tumi, according to business paper The Wall Street Journal.
The Carrefour Group has signed an agreement with the Eroski Group to acquire 36 of its compact hypermarkets in Spain. Carrefour will also obtain 8 shopping centers and 22 gas stations in the deal.
American cosmetics company Estée Lauder has expanded its perfume portfolio with a new brand, By Kilian. No information was divulged about the sum it had to pay to acquire the perfume brand.
Dutch Sligro Food Group has acquired Belgian JAVA Foodservice's shares. The company is focused on a few very specific markets in Belgium: institutional, company catering and several hotel chains.
Japanese beer brewer Asahi has acquired SABMiller's Grolsch and Peroni beer brands, which it was forced to sell to enable a merger with Belgian AB InBev.
The European Commission approved American Carlyle Group's acquisition of Dutch lingerie chain Hunkemöller. It feels there is no overlap between Hunkemöller and the investor's other activities.
Bankrupted department store chain V&D has finally found a new owner and will therefore relaunch. Entrepreneur Roland Kahn, mostly known for his clothing chain Coolcat, is the chain's new owner.
Dutch-Danish personal shopping service The Cloakroom is now the property of German competitor Modomoto. The company, based in Amsterdam, will continue to exist as a separate brand for the time being.