READY, SET, BURBERRY: Burberry begins trading on the London Stock Exchange today under the ticker symbol BRBY.L after fixing its price at $3.45 a share on Thursday. The share price, as expected, is at the bottom end of the range that Burberry announced last month due to unfavorable market conditions and gives the firm an initial market capitalization of $1.73 million. "We are pleased with the response to the partial flotation of Burberry in such challenging market conditions," said Rose Marie Bravo, chief executive of Burberry. "We look forward to creating further value for both our new and existing shareholders." Parent GUS will float 22.5 percent of Burberry’s share capital and retain a 77.5 percent stake in the company.

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT:The House Commerce Committee and its oversight and investigations subcommittee have asked bankrupt Kmart to provide records showing how its board oversaw company management as far back as the early Nineties. Kmart has to respond to the request by July 17. Kmart, Tyco International, Rite Aid, Enron, WorldCom and Sunbeat are among 13 companies being scrutinized by the lawmakers. As reported, Kmart is already cooperating in ongoing investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the FBI. In a separate matter, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it is requesting an extension of time in which to file a claim against Kmart’s estate. The original deadline was July 31.

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