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BUY NOW: Eldorado's Russian stores have been snapped up by British retailer Dixons

Like most big western companies, the British home-electronics retailer Dixons Group has closely tracked the rise of Russia's consumer market over the past few years, agonizing over when and how to jump in. This month, the company finally took the plunge, announcing a $1.9 billion deal to acquire Eldorado, Russia's leading specialist retailer of consumer electronics and domestic appliances, with more than 600 stores. But Dixons is still nervous about the Russian investment climate, and its worries haven't been helped by recent problems at high-profile Western firms, including BP. So the firm agreed to start paying for Eldorado only in 2008....

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