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Bankrupt Finlay picks Gordon to hold closing sales

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Reuters
Published
Sep 24, 2009

SEATTLE, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Bankrupt jeweler Finlay Enterprises Inc FNLYQ.OB said on Thursday 24 September it has completed an auction for its business and assets and selected Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC for having the highest bid.

Finlay Enterprises Inc

Gordon Brothers will be the company's agent to conduct "store closing" sales at all of its retail stores and two distribution centers, Finlay said in a statement.

Finlay said the proposed transaction is subject to approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. If approved, Finlay expects to complete the transaction by Feb. 28, 2010.

The jeweler said it had 182 stores, including 67 Bailey Banks & Biddle, 34 Carlyle and four Congress shops, and 77 licensed departments with Bon-Ton Stores Inc (BONT.O) on Aug. 1.

Jewelers have faced a particularly difficult time with sales in the past year as consumers have cut back on spending. Finlay filed for bankruptcy protection in early August, citing the tough economy and difficulties with vendors as part of the reason for its bankruptcy filing. (Reporting by Aarthi Sivaraman in Seattle, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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