October 12, 2008 / 10:18 AM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX: UK retailer Green in talks with Iceland's Baugur

LONDON (Reuters) - Philip Green, the billionaire owner of British fashion chain Top Shop and Bhs department stores, is in talks that could see him take control of large swathes of the UK retail empire of investment group Baugur.

Baugur, which traces its origins to an Icelandic discount food group founded by Johannes Jonsson and his son, current Chairman Jon Asgeir Johannesson, has built up retail interests stretching from New York to Copenhagen.

Following are its main investments, which span companies employing 53,000 people in over 3,700 stores with a total turnover of about 5 billion pounds ($8.6 billion).


* All Saints - fashion label which operates both standalone stores and concessions in the UK and has an international presence in Denmark, Ibiza and Iceland.

* Day Birger et Mikkelsen - Danish fashion brand.

* Jane Norman - fashion brand targeting 15-25 year-old women. Trades in the UK, Germany, the Middle East, Iceland and Denmark.

* Matthew Williamson - luxury brand sold in over 150 locations around the world, with a flagship store in London.

* Mosaic Fashions - owns and operates six womenswear fashion brands: Oasis, Warehouse, Principles, Karen Millen, Coast and Odille, as well as several shoe brands such as Nine West and Pied a Terre.

* STEiNUNN - luxury knitwear brand, flagship store in Reykjavik.

* Whistles - offers designer womenswear from 40 standalone stores and 40 concessions in the UK and Ireland, with seven international franchise stores and one international company-owned store.


* House of Fraser - operates 61 department stores across the UK and Ireland.

* Illium - one of Denmark’s largest department stores.

* Magasin Du Nord - leading department store chain in Denmark.

* SOUK - department store in Stockholm.


* Iceland - frozen foods specialist trading from 667 stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

* Whittard of Chelsea - Britain’s biggest fine tea and coffee retailer, trading from over 130 stores.


* Aurum - the largest prestige and luxury jeweller in the UK, with the Mappin & Webb, Goldsmiths and Watches of Switzerland brands within its portfolio.

* Hamleys - toy store, with flagship shop in London.

* Wyevale Garden Centres - trades from 121 locations around the UK.


* Debenhams (DEB.L) - has a 6.7 percent stake in the British department stores group and a 6.8 percent interest through Unity Investments, in which Baugur holds a 37.5 percent stake.

* French Connection (FCCN.L) - Unity Investments has a 20 percent stake in the British fashion retailer.

* Moss Bros (MOSB.L) - Unity Investments has a 28.5 percent stake in the menswear retailer.

* Saks SKS.N - has an 8.6 percent stake in the U.S. department store group.

* Woolworths WLW.L - has an approximate 10 percent stake in the British variety stores retailer.

Sources: Baugur Web site; company Web sites, statements and spokespeople.

Compiled by Mark Potter, James Davey and Rhys Jones; Editing by Greg Mahlich

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