SYDNEY (Reuters) — Shareholders of David Jones Ltd, Australia's second-biggest department store by sales, on Monday backed a $2 billion bid by South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd, ending weeks of uncertainty over the intentions of David Jones' second-largest shareholder Solomon Lew.

The takeover gives David Jones the financial firepower to ramp up its online offerings and in-store label, while helping Woolworths become a major global player with annual sales approaching $5.6 billion.

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