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Story of the Week Express to Be Bought Out of Bankruptcy for $174M Express, which came close to being totally liquidated, is being rescued out of bankruptcy court. A stalking horse bidder, composed of brand management firm WHP Global and three of the retailer’s key landlords — Simon Property Group, Brookfield Properties and Centennial Real […]

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Stories of the Week Hanesbrands to sell Champion brand to Authentic Brands in $1.2 billion deal Hanesbrands agreed to sell its global Champion business to Authentic Brands Group in a transaction valued at $1.2 billion, including a contingent cash consideration, the company announced on June 5. The deal has the potential to reach $1.5 billion […]

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Story of the Week GameStop raises $933M from stock sale GameStop said it had raised $933.4 million from a stock sale. The video game retailer said earlier this month it intended to sell up to 45 million shares of its common stock through an at-the-market offering, according to a filing with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission. It sold […]

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Story of the Week GameStop short sellers lost almost $1 billion in monster rally The jaw-dropping rally in GameStop on May 13 caused losses approaching $1billion for short sellers, according to data from S3 Partners. With GameStop soaring 74%, short-selling hedge funds suffered a mark-to-market loss of $838 million in the brick-and-mortar video game retailer, […]

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Story of the Week Weekly jobless claims jump to 231,000, the highest since August Initial filings for unemployment benefits have hit their highest level since late August 2023, a potential sign that an otherwise robust labor market is changing.  Jobless claims totaled a seasonally adjusted 231,000 for the week ending on May 4, up 22,000 […]

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