Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Apr 2, 2015 4:00pm EDT
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(Adds Belk, Genworth Financial, Cassa Depositi)

April 2 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Belk Inc is exploring a sale that could value the largest family-owned and operated department store chain in the United States at as much as $4 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said. Major department stores, such as Macy's Inc and Nordstrom Inc, as well as large private equity firms are expected to be contacted by Belk to solicit their interest in a deal, the people added.

** Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, said on Thursday it had agreed to acquire control of United National Breweries beer business in South Africa, buying the remaining 50 percent stake it did not already own.

** Saint-Gobain's attempted takeover of Switzerland's Sika took another twist on Thursday as two investors said they would appeal a ruling stipulating that the French building materials company was not required to make an offer for all of Sika's shares.