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Neiman Marcus prepares to go public

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Dallas — A Thursday report by the Wall Street Journal said that Warburg Pincus and TPG, the private-equity owners of Neiman Marcus Group Inc., are looking for an exit.

The firms paid $5.1 billion for Neiman Marcus seven years ago; the company is currently valued, according to analysts, at about $4 billion.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, WSJ said that the department store chain and its investors are conferring about laying the foundation for an eventual public offering, although the event is said not to be imminent.

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NRF Survey: Plenty of BTS shopping to do

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Washington, D.C. — According to the National Retail Federation and BIGinsight’s 2012 Back-to-School survey, families with school and college-aged students as of Aug. 7 say they have more than half of their shopping lists to complete.

The average person with children in grades K-12 has completed 40.1% of their shopping, while college shoppers and their families have completed slightly more at 45.3%.

Overall, school and college shoppers this year are expected to spend a total of $83.8 billion.

“It’s evident that there are plenty ‘last minute shoppers’ this year and for retailers these next two weeks are of utmost importance when it comes to attracting families who still have apparel, electronics and school supplies to stock up on,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Given how much of an impact the economy is having on consumers’ buying decisions, retailers will remain competitive up through the final sale after Labor Day, rolling out web, in-store and even mobile promotions to entice children and their parents.”

The survey found that more college students and their families have already finished their shopping (16.4%), than school shoppers (7.8%). Additionally, there are fewer school and college shoppers who say they have not started their shopping yet (28.5% versus 31.1% of college shoppers last year, and 26.9% versus 28.3% of K-12 shoppers last year.)

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Macy’s sues J.C. Penney over Martha Stewart agreement

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New York Bloomberg reported Thursday that Macy’s Inc. has filed suit against J.C. Penney Co. in New York state court over the rights to sell products branded by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. in their respective department stores.

Macy’s sued Martha Stewart Living in January to stop it from executing a sales agreement with J.C. Penney, as Macy’s claimed an exclusive right to sell Martha Stewart products in certain categories.

In July, Justice Jeffrey K. Oing in Manhattan granted Macy’s a preliminary injunction blocking Martha Stewart Living from taking any steps under the agreement with J.C. Penney.

Martha Stewart Living filed a notice of appeal last week.

In the suit filed Thursday in the same court, Macy’s said J.C. Penney caused it to “incur substantial damages and threatens to inflict incalculable further harm” and that the Martha Stewart pact is “transparently designed to eliminate the competitive advantage that Macy’s enjoys in the area of home products.”

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