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Year of Award



Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

Degree Program



Business Administration


investors, domestic, international


The following thesis deals with mergers and acquisitions in the retail industry. With the advent of the Reagan Administration, mergers in all industries have been at a frantic pace in recent years.

Retail mergers and acquisitions ranked number one in 1988 in dollar volume and second in the number of transactions. Much of the activity has been in specific retail segments. This thesis will review those areas and examine why retailing is so attractive to both foreign and domestic investors. It will also determine how retailers are defending themselves from merger and acquisition activity.

Finally, the thesis will provide a look into the future of the retail industry as a result of the merger and acquisition activity and identify the issues confronting retailing in the near future.

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