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American Apparel says it’s not looking for buyer

American Apparel denied a report by a private equity and deals news website that the clothing chain was looking for a buyer. Get the full story »

NYSE unswayed by Nasdaq bid

NYSE Euronext believes that any kind of merger with Nasdaq OMX — whether the Big Board were the buyer or the seller — makes little strategic sense, and antitrust regulators would block it, according to a source close to the company.

Merck snaps up eye-drug maker Inspire

Merck & Co. said Tuesday that it would acquire eye treatment maker Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $430 million to expand its ophthalmology business. Get the full story »

Diamond Foods buying Pringles in $1.5B deal

Cans of Pringles on display in New York, April 5, 2011. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Diamond Foods Inc. is buying Procter & Gamble Co.’s Pringles chips business in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.

Analysts have been speculating for years that Procter & Gamble might shed Pringles, as the world’s biggest consumer products maker had indicated in the past that the food business didn’t fit in with the rest of its portfolio. Get the full story »

CME’s Donohue: No need to bid on NYSE

CME Group CEO Craig Donohue stands in the lobby of its headquarters at 20 S. Wacker St. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)

The top executive of CME Group Inc. said the company does not need to bid for NYSE Euronext to bolster CME’s ongoing drive to expand beyond the United States.

Craig Donohue, CEO of the Chicago-based exchange operator, reiterated a focus on organic growth by leveraging CME’s existing futures and options contracts through a broader range of electronic distribution. “We’re very focused on our core business,” Donohue said in an interview Monday with CNBC. Get the full story »

Texas Instruments buys National Semiconductor

Texas Instruments Inc. is buying National Semiconductor Corp. for about $6.5 billion in cash, paying a nearly 80 percent premium for the analog chipmaker. Get the full story »

Shares of Hub Group leap on intermodal deal

Hub Group Inc. acquired privately held Exel Transportation Services for $83 million, in a deal that combines intermodal transportation companies with complementary services. Get the full story »

Nasdaq, ICE make rival bid for NYSE Euronext

Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange on Friday announced a joint $11.3 billion bid to buy the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, topping an offer by Germany’s Deutsche Boerse. Get the full story »

MAT Holdings buys Tennessee operation

From The Jackson Sun | Long Grove-based MAT Holdings has bought the air compressor, generator and pressure washer manufacturing arm of  Stanley Black & Decker based in Jackson, Tenn. MAT will add the operation to its Power Equipment Group. Terms were not disclosed.

AMR looking into legitimacy of buyout offer

A ticker counter at American Airlines' terminal at O'Hare, Jan. 17, 2011 (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, said it was investigating the legitimacy of a reported $3.25 billion buyout offer from a company called Sterling Global Holdings.

AMR confirmed it received a letter from Sterling Global on Wednesday, but said “at this time we have no corroborating information to demonstrate the offer described in the letter is legitimate.” Get the full story »

N.Y. promises hard look at AT&T/T-Mobile deal

An AT&T store in New York. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

AT&T Inc.s $39 billion bid to buy Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA came under scrutiny from New York’s attorney general, who said he is looking into its possible anticompetitive impact.

Citing a potential “near duopoly” as a result of the proposed deal, Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman said he wants to ensure the acquisition does not reduce access to low-cost cell phone options. Get the full story »

Sprint formally objects to AT&T/T-Mobile deal

Sprint Nextel urged regulators to block AT&T Inc.’s $39 billion bid to buy Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA.

Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile carrier, said in a statement Monday that the transaction would harm consumers and competition. Get the full story »

EBay to buy GSI in $2.4 billion deal

EBay plans to buy e-commerce company GSI Commerce for $1.96 billion in cash in a bid to draw more buyers and sellers to its online marketplaces and win more business from large store chains. Get the full story »

Anheuser-Busch to take over Goose Island

Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall checks operations at the company's Chicago brewery in this photo from 2009. Hall will step down as part of Anheuser-Busch's planned takeover of Goose Island. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

By Josh Noel and Emily York | Goose Island Beer Co., the Chicago-based brewing powerhouse, announced this morning that it will be taken over by Anheuser-Busch (A-B) for $38.8 million.

Goose Island, whose legal name is Fulton Street Brewery LLC, is selling a 58 percent stake in the company to A-B for $22.5 million. The Craft Brewers Alliance, in which A-B holds a 32 percent stake, has agreed to sell its own Goose Island stake to A-B for $16.3 million. The Craft Brewers Alliance owns the remaining 42 percent of Goose Island. Get the full story »

Northern Trust to buy Citadel unit

Chicago-based Northern Trust Corp. has agreed to buy hedge fund manager Citadel LLC’s fund administration business, Omnium LLC, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. The value of the deal was not known. Get the full story »