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With sales of luxury goods widely expected to withstand the darkening economic outlook and Chinese demand enjoying a post-Covid reopening boost, the sector appears ripe for a mergers & acquisitions wave, according to an informal Bloomberg survey of 17 M&A desks, fund managers and analysts.

Operating profit in the Swedish group’s fiscal first quarter was 725 million Swedish crowns ($69.73 million) against a profit of 458 million crowns a year earlier and a mean forecast of 1.10 billion loss in a Refinitiv poll of analysts.

Forma Brands, the bankrupt owner of the Morphe makeup brand, reached an agreement with lenders Jefferies Finance LLC and Cerberus Capital Management to be acquired in exchange for $690 million in debt relief, according to a court filing.

Target has tapped Agua Bendita, a Colombian label known for its bold floral prints, Fe Noel, a Brooklyn-born brand with Grenadian roots, and Los Angeles-based Rhode, which is synonymous with printed dresses, as its latest designer collaboration partners.

Next Plc shares plunged as the UK retailer warned of a challenging year ahead and repeated profit and sales will probably decline this year.

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