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Diageo stake may pay for Gucci

Diageo stake may pay for Gucci

Arnault gets upper hand in Gucci battle

BERNARD ARNAULT, the billionaire French businessman, yesterday appeared to gain the upper hand over his bitter rival Francois Pinault in the battle for Gucci, the Italian designer group.

LVMH takes Gucci battle to court

THE STRUGGLE for control of Gucci, the Italian luxury goods group, is set to move to the courtroom today with French rival Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) determined to use all means to pursue its pounds 3.1bn hostile bid.

Golden parachute waits as Gucci weighs up rival bids

THE STRUGGLE for control of luxury goods maker Gucci is expected to reach fever pitch later today as the company's supervisory board meets in Amsterdam to discuss whether it should accept LVMH's $5bn (pounds 3bn) takeover bid.

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FRANcOIS PINAULT, the man behind the partial bid for Gucci, is the richest man in France and the most successful and controversial French entrepreneur of his generation.

LVMH trumps Pinault in battle for future of Gucci

THE BATTLE for control of Gucci took a dramatic turn yesterday when the Italian fashion house announced plans to sell a 40 per cent shareholding to Francois Pinault, the billionaire French businessman, in an attempt to fight off LVMH, the luxury goods group controlled by Bernard Arnault.

Outlook: Gucci/Pinault

BERNARD ARNAULT makes a strange convert to the game of cricket, but all of a sudden he's decided to play the game and make a proper offer to Gucci shareholders. For the best part of the past year, the urbane boss of LVMH, the champagne-to-suitcases group, has been trying to get his hands on Gucci by building a stake in the Italian fashion house and pressing for seats on its board. In Anglo Saxon markets this is regarded as trying to obtain control without having to pay for it, and it is just not done. Last night, Mr Arnault did what he should have done months ago and announced his intention to launch a full takeover bid for Gucci.

Fashion: Stormy leather

Leather tailored for women has usually been overtly sexy - styled either for a Bond girl or a rock chick. But, in the hands of designers such as Belgium's Veronique Branquinho, leather becomes rather more dramatic. The long skirts and high necks shown here, which are normally associated with lighter, more feminine fabrics, are in the Victorian tradition of tempestuous Gothic romance

Fashion: Time after time

Why does fashion have to look backwards to move forwards? This season we've had medieval heroines, Victorian nymphs, Seventies glamour girls and Eighties disco dollies. Trend-watching is more like a history lesson than ever

Gucci's rock chic hopes to roll LVHM

THE ITALIAN contingent put on a united front at the Gucci Show in Milan last night. The designer Donatella Versace and her brother, Santo, made a rare appearance in the front row, beside Domenico De Sole, Gucci's much-beleaguered chief executive officer.

Catfight on the catwalk and Gucci is losing

IF YOU close your eyes, Domenico De Sole sounds like the softly spoken Don in a De Niro movie. "So let them sue," he says, his quiet tones rising in a whispered crescendo. "I have nothing to fear. They will lose."

Outlook: Gucci rumpus

QUESTION. Which country has the most heavily regulated financial markets in the world? To believe the scare stories and comment in some of our rivals, you might think it is the UK with its new Financial Services Authority - depicted by some as a bureaucratic monster destined to sink the City under a mountain of red tape and oppressive rulemaking.

LVMH hit by Gucci `poison pill'

THE BATTLE of the luxury goods giants reached a new intensity yesterday when Gucci, the Italian fashion house, moved to block an attempt by minority shareholder LVMH to gain control.

Fashion: Off the peg - It's true. Beautiful people do have an easier life, says Melanie Rickey

Can you imagine signing up for a six-month contract that pays you enough to buy a house but involves only five days' "work" lounging around in front of a camera, followed by five months 26 days of ... lounging around. That's exactly how 24-year-old Swede Robert Konjic (right) has spent his time since November when he was picked as the new "face" of Gucci menswear.
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