CALLING MORE SHOPPERS: Selfridges, the London department store and acquisition target, is drawing increasing interest each day. As reported, the company had set a deadline of May 6 for all bids, but was still considering offers arriving after that date.

Canadian billionaire Galen Weston today is expected to make an offer of $913 million, reported the Sunday Times of London (dollar figures have been converted from the pound at current exchange rates). Industry sources said Weston, owner of Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew and Brown Thomas in Dublin, is expected to be named the preferred bidder by Merril Lynch, the investment house working on the sale. Weston could not be reached for comment at press time.

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