By  on May 7, 2012

Sycamore Partners sweetened its offer to buy The Talbots Inc. just slightly — boosting its price to $3.05 a share from the $3 proposed in December — and the companies agreed to negotiate exclusively until May 15.

And even though investors pushed the stock down 6.1 percent to $2.61, apparently out of worry that the price wasn’t enough to entice the board to sell, Sycamore’s continued interest in the chain underscored just how active the deal-making scene is right now.

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