Amazon & Whole Foods Market deliver a big surprise

Friday’s announcement that Amazon is to acquire Whole Foods Market will have traditional grocery retail chains watching with interest and some trepidation.

Struggling fashion chains to be offered in a summer half-price sale?

Everyone knows that if you are prepared to wait towards the end of a season you get the latest fashions at a discounted price, and in the case of struggling fashion chains Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, business seems to be imitating life with the reported reduction in price that potential buyer, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is considering offering.

China Investment Corp, China’s Sovereign Wealth Fund buys big, really big!

Today’s formal announcement that China Investment Corporation is to acquire Logicor is further proof that Chinese buyers are willing to pay top drawer prices for companies they consider to be a good strategic fit.

Another tech company joins the Unicorn club

The announcement that Symphony Communications has raised another USD 63 million of capital may not seem like a big deal, but the injection grants the business Unicorn status.

Arrivederci Alitalia!

It would appear that the inevitable has finally happened, with the announcement by Alitalia’s board, after a shareholder meeting held today, that they have formally requested that the company be placed into administration and either sold or liquidated. 

Why some deals always catch your eye

Yesterday saw the announcement that Jimmy Choo has put itself up for sale.

Macquarie-led consortium finally lands UK Green Investment Bank

Some deals are worth waiting for. Today's announcement brings an end to 22 months of speculation after a Macquarie-led consortium, which includes additional investments from Universities Superannuation Scheme, the UK’s private pension scheme for universities and other higher education institutions, agreed a deal for UK Green Investment Bank with the UK government.

Samsonite expands its luggage options

Having spent USD 1.8bn last August on the acquisition of Tumi Holdings, the company behind high-end luggage brand TUMI, Samsonite, has announced today it is willing to continue spending to double the growth of the business.

Oak Hill Capital pulls in for another food stop

Oak Hill Capital, the US-based private equity investor, has announced that its taking a bite of another food chain, with a USD 525m investment in Checkers Drive In-Restaurants.

Television Production company sale on "repeat"

Tinopolis, the independent Welsh media company specialising in the production of TV programmes like Crufts and Question Time, amongst others, is reported to be up for sale. Again.

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