The return of retail LBOs

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For the first time in a long while, big department store deals now comprise a major part of the leveraged buyout (LBO) calendar, with buyouts for Toys “R” Us ($5.7 billion), Neiman Marcus ($5.1 billion) and Shopko Stores ($1 billion) in the offing. Together, these deals will surely place retailing among the busiest sectors in the LBO market in 2005, after a lengthy absence.

Indeed, from 1996 through the first quarter of 2005, retail ranked twelfth among industry sectors, with 3.7% of all LBO loa

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