The Bidding for Barneys: 2 Mideast Equity Firms Said Driving Up the Price

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The bidding war for Barneys New York could come down to who blinks first. Two Middle Eastern investment entities are said to be in keen competition to buy the designer — one, the Qatar Investment Authority, and the other, Istithmar from Dubai.

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Bidding for Barneys: 2 Mideast Equity Firms Said Driving Up the Price

The bidding war for Barneys New York could come down to who blinks first.

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De Beers Begins Mining the Web

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Investment Group Buys Everlast for $146M

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Job Cutbacks at Gap, Kellwood

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A Fashionable Tryst Between the Sheets

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