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Consumer Goods/Retail

MidOcean Applies Moisturizer to Portfolio, as Beauty Deals Pick Up


The PE firm is investing in Image, the maker of The Max skincare products, continuing buyer interest in the sector

Carlyle Heats up in Mid-Market with Candle Buyout


The PE firm is taking PartyLite candle maker Blyth private, following the firm’s purchase of Novetta

Retailer Overstock Stays on FinTech Path with SpeedRoute Acquisition


Markit and Fidelity National have also made financial technology purchases recently

China’s Wanda Agrees to Buy PE-Backed Ironman Owner


Providence Equity has backed the brand since 2008

Heartland Sweetens Portfolio


The food products company is receiving backing from Centerbridge Partners to acquire Splenda from Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals

American Apparel Said to Seek Advisers for Bankruptcy Deal Talks


The retailer announced it may not have enough cash for the next 12 months in a recent SEC filing

PE Firm Sycamore Adds Retailer Belk


The PE fund is acquiring the department store chain, which is looking to dive into e-commerce

Heaven Hill Imbibes Deep Eddy Vodka


The maker of Evan Williams Bourbon and Burnett’s Vodkas and Gins is buying the distiller of flavored vodkas from Chad Auler and Clayton Christopher, who started Sweet Leaf Tea

Catterton Makes Leisure Acquisition, as the Beauty Industry Continues to Consolidate


The PE fund is buying Steiner Leisure, the maker of Bliss beauty treatment products, in a take-private deal

American Apparel Expresses Self Doubt in SEC Filing, as Cash Dwindles


Despite an increased and amended loan facility, the retailer warns it may not have the cash to stay in business for the next 12 months

NBTY Puts On Skin Cream, As Beauty Companies Attract Buyers


The Carlyle-backed Vitamin World parent buys skin care product retailer Dr Organic to continue expanding in the personal care space

Infor Adds GT Nexus as Cloud Software Draws Buyers


The Golden Gate Capital portfolio company's customers include Home Depot, Levi Strauss, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and UPS

Adidas Explores Options for Golf Unit Amid Sales Decline


CEO Herbert Hainer is divesting units to streamline Adidas’s business and concentrate on shoes for running, soccer and other sports

Can Lawsuit-Laden American Apparel Skirt Bankruptcy?


With a mult-million dollar interest payment due in October, the company is working on a turnaround while fending off lawsuits from founder Dov Charney

Home Depot Agrees to Buy Interline Brands


Home Depot has sought new avenues of growth, such as online sales, after curtailing store openings

Turnaround Tuesday: Bankrupt Grocer A&P Lines Up Buyers


Acme, Key Food and Stop & Shop are bidding for 120 locations

Marquee Suits Up with Ben Sherman Buy


The Neuberger Berman-backed firm also acquired footwear brand Bruno Magli recently

MidOcean Inks Deal for KidKraft


The toy company's products are carried by major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Costco, Target and Toys R Us

5 Companies For Sale


See which companies have recently hit the auction block, including Centor, Gabriel Brothers and ConAgra Foods

Walgreens CEO Pessina Signals He’s Looking for Merger Targets


Likely targets include pharmacy benefits managers, such as Express Scripts or UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx

Coty Agrees to Purchase 43 P&G Beauty Brands


The acquisition will add Hugo Boss and Gucci to Coty’s fragrances offerings and CoverGirl and Max Factor to its cosmetics portfolio

Turnaround Tuesday: Joe's Jeans Reaches Forbearance with Lenders, Continues Exploring Potential Sale


The business has yet to integrate Hudson Jeans, which it paid $98M for in 2013

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