Australia's Myer jumps after rival David Jones accepts Woolworths takeover

SYDNEY, April 9 Tue Apr 8, 2014 8:21pm EDT

SYDNEY, April 9 (Reuters) - Shares in Australia's Myer jumped as much as 8.9 percent after rival David Jones agreed to a takeover from South Africa's Woolworths Holdings.

David Jones, Australia's No.2 department store operator, said it had agreed to a takeover offer from Woolworths Holdings that valued the company at around A$2.15 billion ($2 billion).

Shares in Myer were trading up 4.1 percent at two-week highs of A$2.39 by 0012 GMT. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Paul Tait)

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