Linens ’N Things Deal Gets U.S. Antitrust
Washington, U.S. antitrust authorities on Tuesday said that they approved plans by private equity firm Apollo Management L.P. and its affiliates to buy Linens ‘N Things.
Under the terms of the Apollo deal, financing is contingent upon Linens ‘N Things reporting a fourth-quarter same-store sales decline of no more than 6% and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of not less than $140 million.
Smart & Final Expands in California
Los Angeles, Smart & Final Inc. opened three new California stores in Modesto, Torrance and Gilroy. These new stores bring the total number of stores operated by the company to 249. Year to date, the company has opened 15 new stores and relocated two stores. The average size of the three new stores is about 19,350 sq. ft. The Los Angeles-based retailer of food and food service-supplies operates in six states and northern Mexico.
Wal-Mart Estimates 2.2% Comps in December
Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores’ latest estimate for December comparable-store sales is 2.2%—at the low end of its original estimate of 2% to 4% gain. The company said strong demand for gift cards would have the effect of pushing many sales from December into January, when gift card recipients redeem their cards for merchandise. Many analysts were expecting sales closer to 3%.