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Report: Authentic Brands Group Plotting Double Takeover of Debenhams, Arcadia

The licensing firm that counts Barneys, Brooks Brothers and Juicy Couture among its brands is reportedly in talks with the administrators of both stricken retailers.
A Topshop store | Source: Shutterstock
A Topshop store | Source: Shutterstock

Authentic Brands is plotting a double takeover of collapsed department store chain Debenhams and Topshop-owner Arcadia Group, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday, citing sources.

Authentic Brands, owner of the New York department store brand Barneys, is in talks this weekend with the administrators of both stricken companies, the newspaper reported.

The companies did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group said on Monday it was in negotiations to buy Debenhams from administrators in a rescue deal. It was also interested in participating in the sale of Philip Green’s collapsed Arcadia Group.

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Frasers, formerly Sports Direct, said that it hoped a deal could be agreed and jobs at Debenhams saved after the Covid-19 pandemic sunk its business, but cautioned that the transaction was complicated and talks needed to take place quickly.

Administrators for Debenhams said earlier in December it would be wound-down, closing all its shops after 242 years in business and putting 12,000 jobs at risk. Green’s Arcadia fashion group collapsed into administration late in November putting more than 13,000 jobs at risk.

By Kanishka Singh; editor: Daniel Wallis.

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