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Bidders Show Interest in Albertson’s

BY CSA STAFF

Boise, Idaho, This week, Albertson’s will host three separate investor groups interested in acquiring the Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain.

The first group consists of Thomas H. Lee Partners, Boston; Bain Capital, Boston; and Warburg Pincus, New York City. They are rumored to have financial input from Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan, among others.

The second bidder includes Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., New York City; Apollo Management, New York City; and Texas Pacific Group, San Antonio, with assistance from Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Credit Suisse First Boston.

The final group consists of Cerberus Group, New York City; and Kimco Realty, New Hyde Part, N.Y. They have received financial advice from UBS and Wachovia.

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Goody’s Family Clothing Announces Buyout

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Knoxville, Tenn., Goody’s Family Clothing has reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private-investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. in a deal worth nearly $273 million. Chairman and CEO Robert M. Goodfriend and his family, who together own 42% of Goody’s shares, previously agreed to the Sun Capital terms. Goodfriend, son of the company’s founder, will leave the chain.

Goody’s operates 368 moderately-priced clothing stores in 20 states in the South and Midwest.

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Strong 4Q for Dress Barn

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Suffern, N.Y., The Dress Barn Inc. posted fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $33.6 million, or $1.08 a share, compared with $13.8 million, or 45 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Net sales for the 13-week period, ended July 30, 2005, increased 48% to $307.1 million compared to the prior year’s level of $208 million. The increase was driven by the inclusion of results from Maurices, which the chain acquired in January 2005, and a same-store sales increase of 6% for the quarter.

Net sales for 52-week period ended July 30 increased 33% to $1 billion compared to $754.9 million reported for the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 5% for the fiscal year.

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