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Report: Big Lots off the block

New York City -- Big Lots has decided not to sell itself after bids from private equity firms came in below the company's expectations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The chain reportedly had received interest from several buyout firms earlier this year, following which it decided to explore a sale. Two groups of private-equity firms — Bain Capital and TPG Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners and Advent International — had put in final bids, but they were below Big Lots expectations, the report said.