BURBERRY'S BIG DAY: Great Universal Stores plc, which currently has a 65 percent stake in Burberry, has released the details of the planned de-merger of the luxury fashion brand. GUS said in a statement Thursday it plans to distribute its shares in Burberry to GUS shareholders on Dec. 13, subject to shareholder approval. "Distributing our stake to existing GUS shareholders will enable them to participate directly in the exciting growth opportunities we see at Burberry," said Victor Blank, chairman of GUS. GUS shareholders will receive 305 Burberry shares, and approximately 859 new GUS shares, for every 1,000 GUS shares they already hold. The company said it planned to send out detailed proposals to shareholders regarding the demerger on Saturday. It will then hold an EGM on Dec. 12 to seek approval from GUS shareholders. Burberry plans to seek approval from its own, non-GUS shareholders on the same day. Burberry was partially floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2002, and GUS has said this de-merger is a next logical step for the company.

NEW BOUTIQUE: Valentino USA plans to open a boutique in the spring at 45 Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. The 3,000-square-foot store will offer shoes and accessories in addition to men and women's apparel. Rent was said to be in the $200-per-square-foot range for the space, which is in the Peabody Building. Newmark Retail negotiated the lease for Valentino with the owner of the property, The Donald Saunders Family LLC.

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