December 14, 2015 / 11:11 PM / in 2 years

Hudson's Bay close to buying online retailer Gilt Groupe: WSJ

(Reuters) - Canadian department store operator Hudson’s Bay Co (HBC.TO) is close to a deal to buy online luxury retailer Gilt Groupe for about $250 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

A woman holds a Hudson's Bay shopping bag in front of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) flagship department store in Toronto January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Gilt, which was valued at $1 billion in 2011, will be paired with Saks Off 5th brand, the WSJ said, citing one source. (on.wsj.com/1lJAvT1)

Hudson’s Bay, which bought U.S. luxury retail chain Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013 for $2.4 billion, plans to open Gilt shops inside Saks Off 5th stores, the Journal said.

“It is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation,” Hudson’s Bay spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre said. Gilt was not available for comment.

The Journal said a final deal has not yet been reached and cautioned that the talks could still fall apart.

Gilt, which runs limited-time online sales of furniture, fashion and other products, has struggled in the face of stiff competition.

Liberty Interactive Corp, which owns home shopping network QVC, said in August it would acquire Zulily Inc, a flash-sale site for moms, in a deal valued at $2.4 billion, a 15 percent discount to Zulily’s 2013 initial public offering price. [nL3N10S3ZF]

Reporting by Shubhankar Chakravorty and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru

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