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Hudson's Bay to Buy Saks Fifth Avenue

July 29, 2013

The race to scoop up U.S. luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has been won by Canadian chain Hudson's Bay, sources told the New York Post.

"It's a done deal. Baker has won his prize," one source told the Post, referring to Richard Baker, the chairman at Hudson's Bay who orchestrated a purchase of Lord & Taylor in 2006.

Saks had hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, but a spokesman for the financial giant would not comment on the sale, the Post said.

The price of the deal was not disclosed but the final figure is likely between $17 and $18 per share, a jump ahead of Hudson's Bay's original offer of $15 to $16 per share, the Post said.

Real estate tycoon Barry Sternlicht was interested in Saks, but backed down after his partner, Catterton Partners, pulled back. A late bid from an undisclosed candidate also failed to materialize. That bid was reported to be from a sovereign investments fund in the Middle East.


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