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Is Next closing in on Topshop brand?

High street giant is reported to be the frontrunner to acquire the jewel in the crown of the Arcadia empire.

Next has emerged as the favourite to acquire Topshop, according to reports.

The British high street giant is reported to have made a joint bid with US investor, Davidson Kempner, for the jewel in the crown of the collapsed Arcadia fashion retail empire and is now the favourite, according to The Sunday Times.

Bids are due today (January 18) for the remaining Arcadia brands, with Topshop thought to be carrying a price tag of £200 million.

The Industry.Fashion reported that, under the terms of the Next/Davidson Kempner deal, Next would take a minority stake in Topshop and run it on behalf of Davidson Kempner on its ‘Total Retail’ platform.

Next has been busy bolstering its third party brand offer during the pandemic – it secured a joint venture deal to run the UK arm of lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, as well as a partnership deal to sell the Laura Ashley Home brand.

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