RETAILING: Broadway on Fifth Ave.

A girl waits and waits, and if she's

lucky along comes Mr. Right. . . and

Mr. Bergdorf . . . and Mr. Goodman.

—Helen Gallagher

in No, No, Nanette

Manhattan's fashionable Bergdorf-Goodman, outfitter to many of New York's best-dressed women for 71 years, finally found a Mr. Right last week. As the Federal Trade Commission gave its long-awaited approval, the store was sold for $12.6 million in stock to Edward Carter's Broadway-Hale group of Los Angeles. The deal swallowed one of the nation's few remaining well-known independent merchants, though the prestigious Bergdorf store will keep a separate identity and its own label. The...

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