Hudson's Bay to buy online luxury retailer Gilt

Thu Jan 7, 2016 7:42am EST
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Jan 7 (Reuters) - Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co has agreed to buy online luxury retailer Gilt Groupe Holdings Inc for about $250 million.

Hudson's Bay expects the deal to add about $500 million to its 2016 total sales, the company said on Thursday. It reported revenue of C$8.17 billion for 2014.

Gilt, which runs limited-time discounted online sales of apparel and other products, has struggled in the face of stiff competition from other flash-sale websites.

Hudson's Bay, which has a market value of about C$3 billion ($2.12 billion), said it plans to open Gilt shops inside its Saks Off 5th stores.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news last month. ($1 = 1.4155 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru)