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Consumer Goods/Retail

Exos Expands Fitness Offerings with MediFit Buy


Recent fitness deals have come from Running Specialty Group and Silver Oak Services Partners

E-Commerce Will Keep Attracting Investors


Digital River and Innotrac set a precedent that will continue with more deals in 2015

More Retailers Will Face Real Estate Distress


Debt loads may spur certain retailers such as American Apparel, RadioShack and Sears to consider Chapter 11

TPG Growth, Following Elf Cosmetics Deal, Invests in Beautycounter


The target sells skin, hair and beauty products with "health protective" ingredients through partners, including J.Crew and Gwyneth Paltrow's website, Goop.com

FedEx to Buy Product-Return Firm Genco in E-Commerce Push


The deal comes during the busiest season for FedEx, which expects record shipments of more than 290 million packages from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

As E-Commerce Disrupts Retail, Savvy Investors See Opportunities


"E-commerce has been growing at double digits, so if you think about that, you always want to invest in businesses when the wind is at your back," says Sterling Partner senior managing director Rick Elfman in this video shot at the 2014 Midwest ACG Capital Connection. Sterling took e-commerce company Innotrac private in a $109 million transaction. For more, see the cover story Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services.

PetSmart Agrees to BC Partners’ $8.3 Billion Takeover Bid


BC Partners beat other bidders including Leon Black’s Apollo Global Management and KKR

Bass Pro Reels In Ranger, Stratos, Triton Fishing Boat Brands


The deal marks an exit for Platinum Equity, which bought the brands in 2010

Abercrombie Buyout No Longer Off Limits After CEO Retirement


Because it generates cash, has a valuable brand and needs some sprucing up, the teen retailer is considered an ideal leveraged-buyout candidate

Consumer-Focused PE Firm Brentwood Closes $688M Fund


The firm's recent investments include the Marshall Retail Group and Z Gallerie

Riverside Backs Another E-Learning Company


Mintra Trainingportal marks Riverside's first investment in Norway

2 Companies For Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Cache and TwinMed

Retailer Delia’s to File for Bankruptcy as Sale Plan Fails


The retailer has entered into an agreement with Hilco and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners to dispose of assets

Riverside Adds Training Factor to Grace Hill


The deal follows the PE firm's addition of LeaseHawk's education program to the real estate training company

Running Specialty Dashes Away with Run Colorado


The deal brings the buyer to 66 specialty shops, as consumer interest in health and fitness escalates

FFL Invests in Eyemart Express


The deal follows the PE firm's investment in consumer lender Snap Financial

Palladium Tries On Daniel's Jewelers


The PE firm, which closed a $1.1B fund in April, picks up a majority stake in the jewelry chain

Silver Oak Invests in Gym Chain Vasa Fitness


The deal follows the acquisition of 24 Hour Fitness in June

Speed Commerce Pays $55M to Add More E-Commerce Capabilities


Recent e-commerce investments include Sterling Partners' deal for Innotrac and Siris Capital's purchase of Digital River

Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services


Sterling Partners is just one of several PE firms capitalizing on the rise of e-commerce, picking up Innotrac, which provides services to J. Crew, Zara and other retailers

Retailers Reconsider Real Estate


The rise of e-commerce drives some retailers, such as Coldwater Creek, to file for bankruptcy to break leases

Bregal Partners Forms Archery Company, Makes Acquisition


The company, Arcus Hunting, acquired scent-control brand Dead Down Wind

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