Axios Pro: Retail Deals

November 04, 2022

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Happy Friday, Retail readers. Newsletter editor Claire Rychlewski here with your weekly deals digest.

But first ... some news of note.

1. News of note

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French luxury giant and Gucci parent Kering is in advanced talks to buy fashion brand Tom Ford, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • The last we heard, Estée Lauder was the lead bidder for Tom Ford, in a deal worth a potential $3 billion-plus.
  • Estée reported underwhelming financial results this week amid a difficult environment for retailers.
  • There is no guarantee Kering and Tom Ford reach a deal, WSJ cautions.

Unions of Kroger and Albertsons, along with antitrust experts, have called for the Federal Trade Commission to block the impending merger.

  • "The merger should be blocked, as it would harm workers, consumers and communities," said the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, which authored the letter.
  • The message was cosigned by seven UFCW local chapters representing more than 100,000 Kroger and Albertsons workers.
  • Another 26 organizations, including the American Economic Liberties Project and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, also signed the letter.

Separately, a Washington state court temporarily blocked Albertsons' planned $4 billion payment to shareholders.

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