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Qataris to buy French department store Printemps

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-04-04

Qatari investors plan to buy Printemps, a famed French department store, in a deal reported to be worth around 1.6 billion euros. Investors from Qatar are increasingly present in France, where their assets include Paris Saint-German football club.

Qatari investors are set to acquire French department store Printemps, according to official documents seen by AFP, the latest big brand in the country to be snapped up by the gas-rich Gulf state.

A firm called Disa -- which groups together Qatari investors -- will buy out the 70 percent shareholding of Deutsche Bank and the 30 percent owned by the Luxembourg-based Borletti Group, the document says.

The value of the transaction, which should be finalised by the summer, was not detailed in the document. But one media report said the deal could be worth around 1.6 billion euros ($2.1 billion).

France has proved attractive to Qatari investors who have bought Paris Saint-Germain football club and acquired three percent of energy giant Total as well as stakes in building firm Vinci and in media group Lagardere.

There are 16 Printemps stores in France, including the flagship Printemps-Haussmann shop in central Paris.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-04-04

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