HBC to acquire Neiman Marcus Group for $2.65 billion

Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, recently announced its plans to acquire Neiman Marcus Group in a $2.65 billion deal. This move will bring together two iconic luxury retailers under the umbrella of Saks Global, which will include Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus' namesake department store chain, and Bergdorf Goodman.

HBC CEO Richard Baker expressed his enthusiasm for the merger, stating that many in the industry had anticipated this transaction and the benefits it would bring to customers, partners, and employees. He highlighted the potential of technological advancements to enhance the customer experience and emphasized the importance of focusing on technology in the future.

As part of the deal, Marc Metrick, CEO of, will take on the role of chief executive for Saks Global, while Ian Putnam, president and CEO of HBC Properties and Investments, will lead the property and investments business of Saks Global. Both executives will report to Baker, who will serve as the executive chairman of Saks Global.

Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck described the partnership as a proactive choice in response to the evolving retail landscape. The acquisition comes at a time when traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are facing challenges due to the rise of e-commerce and shifting consumer preferences towards experiences over products.

The department store segment, in particular, has struggled to attract younger shoppers amid a broader decline in discretionary spending. The merger between Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus Group reflects a strategic move to adapt to these changing market dynamics and strengthen their position in the luxury retail sector.


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