Retailers, consumers and prices
Private equity firm Advent International Corp will buy the mall-based specialty apparel retailer for about $380 million and take it private, Charlotte Russe said on Monday.
Advent says it has significant experience in the retail arena with investments in companies like yogawear maker Lululemon Athletica, European discounter Takko and French designer Gerard Darel.
Any expertise on Advent’s part will only help Charlotte Russe, which like other apparel companies has faced challenges in the past months , as the recession makes shoppers more frugal.
In the fiscal third quarter, Charlotte Russe posted a 4.9 percent sales increase, but same-store sales fell 3.6 percent.
On Chicago’s State Street, I found these dinosaurs creeping up on a Christmas tree at the FAO Schwarz section inside Macy’s:
Moving on to an empty TV section in Sears:
At Sears, Christmas decorations were already 60 percent off:
And at Charlotte Russe, more discounts: