Richard Collings

Richard Collings is the senior writer for consumer products and retail, focusing mostly on M&A. Prior to joining The Deal, Richard was a reporter for Mergermarket, where he covered apparel, footwear, retail and personal care, as well as mergers and private equity. Richard was also an associate editor for Investment Management Weekly, a publication of then Thomson Media, where he wrote about money management, following public retirement funds and their money managers.

Recent Articles By The Author

Mattel Lets Go of Disney's Princesses But Retains Appeal

Mattel Lets Go of Disney's Princesses But Retains Appeal

There is hope for the toy maker as the rest of its kingdom largely remains in tact, even as its rivals Hasbro and Lego lay siege.

Skechers Brings the Booty Back, Reports Record Quarterly Results

Skechers Brings the Booty Back, Reports Record Quarterly Results

The footwear retailer, which has tapped celebrities such as Meghan Trainor to hock its products, is sseeing its stock spike more than 4% in mid-morning trading.

Hershey Needs Acquisitions to Feed Growth

Hershey Needs Acquisitions to Feed Growth

Bank of America downgrades the chocolate company's stock to underperform because of a lack of catalysts that can drive long-term growth.

Gap May Be Poised for Comeback, Just as Old Navy Unravels

Gap May Be Poised for Comeback, Just as Old Navy Unravels

The retail conglomerate's store brands are having a difficult time finding their stride at the same time.

Is Wall Street Overreacting to Under Armour's Woes?

Is Wall Street Overreacting to Under Armour's Woes?

Morgan Stanley analyst Jay Sole says the fast-growing company's wholesale clothing business is slowing in the U.S., but the concerns may be overstated.

Golden Gate Likely to Take Ownership as PacSun Files for Bankruptcy

Golden Gate Likely to Take Ownership as PacSun Files for Bankruptcy

Pacific Sunwear has opted to file for bankruptcy to implement a reorganization plan backed by San Francisco's Golden Gate Capitals.

Retailers Went Zombie Cold During Crucial Holiday Buying Season

Retailers Went Zombie Cold During Crucial Holiday Buying Season

Few retailers were hot this winter season but winners include J.C. Penney and Toys 'R' Us.

Sainsbury Bags Argos' Parent Home Retail Group for $1.7 Billion

Sainsbury Bags Argos' Parent Home Retail Group for $1.7 Billion

U.K. food retailer J Sainsbury on Friday secured Home Retail Group plc's backing for a £1.16 billion ($1.66 billion) takeover.

Meet the Meat Bar: The Next Big Food Trend You've Never Heard of

Meet the Meat Bar: The Next Big Food Trend You've Never Heard of

Meat bars were in bloom at the Natural Products Expo West, where the hottest food trends are now driven by acquisitions.

Credit Suisse Ups Cost Cuts to $4.4 Billion, Abandons Businesses

Credit Suisse Ups Cost Cuts to $4.4 Billion, Abandons Businesses

Credit Suisse's CEO Tidjane Thiam on Wednesday accelerated his restructuring efforts at the Swiss bank .