RETAILING: Wrap It Up, We'll Take It

Wrap It Up, We'll Take It

In a U.S. retail industry beset by sluggish sales, Dayton Hudson has been a - star performer. Profits of the Minneapolis-based company, whose 666 stores include Dayton's, Hudson's, Mervyn's and the Target discount chain, rose 43% last year, to a record $410 million. In its boldest expansion yet, the company said last week it would acquire Chicago-based Marshall Field's, a premier retailer, for $1.04 billion from London's B.A.T. Industries. B.A.T., which is battling a takeover attempt by Sir James Goldsmith, will use proceeds from the sale to buy back part of its stock.

Dayton Hudson's acquisition of the 138-year-old Marshall Field's,...

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