July 12th, 2024

Hudson’s Bay Co. buying Neiman Marcus for US$2.65 billion


By The Canadian Press on July 4, 2024.

A Neiman Marcus sign is shown in San Francisco, Sunday, March 17, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Chiu

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. has announced a deal to buy luxury department store rival Neiman Marcus for US$2.65 billion.

News of the deal follows months of speculation that HBC would buy the chain, whose website lists 36 U.S. locations selling designer apparel, accessories and housewares.

HBC says the plan includes spinning off Neiman Marcus and its other international assets including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman into a new entity called Saks Global.

It says it intends to re-establish HBC’s Canadian business of stores and online retailing as a stand-alone entity with significantly reduced leverage and enhanced liquidity.

HBC has spent recent years working to revamp its operations after closing Home Outfitters in 2019, the same year it sold Lord & Taylor to fashion rental subscription company Le Tote Inc.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the Neiman Marcus deal Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2024.

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