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

PepsiCo's Next Acquisition? WhiteWave or Fage

PepsiCo's Next Acquisition? WhiteWave or Fage

The beverage giant failed to snag the yogurt maker Chobani in its continuing quest for healthy protein snacks, but there are other options for the foods conglomerate.

Aeropostale's Stock Unravels on Poor Fourth Quarter Results

Aeropostale's Stock Unravels on Poor Fourth Quarter Results

Struggling mall-based retailer Aéropostale Inc. ARO has brought in advisers to help it explore a sale or restructuring, reports The Deal's Jamie Mason.

Burberry Stock Held in Check as Takeover Rumors Dispelled

Burberry Stock Held in Check as Takeover Rumors Dispelled

London-based luxury clothier Burberry Group once again found itself the subject of takeover rumors early in the week which caused shares to spike.

VF, PVH and Iconix Looking to Sell Brands in Dry Market

VF, PVH and Iconix Looking to Sell Brands in Dry Market

Under pressure to adapt to consumer shopping habits, the companies face a tough task ahead, divesting underperforming labels while demand for apparel deals is on the wane.

Can Humbled Teen Queen Retailer Wet Seal Pull Off a Comeback?

Can Humbled Teen Queen Retailer Wet Seal Pull Off a Comeback?

The once-hot specialty apparel retailer is under new management and is now going after a more sophisticated audience.

AMC Agrees to Buy Carmike Cinemas for a Blockbuster $1.1 Billion

AMC Agrees to Buy Carmike Cinemas for a Blockbuster $1.1 Billion

AMC Entertainment on Thursday announced it had reached a $1.1 billion cash-and-debt deal to buy Carmike Cinemas, the country's biggest movie theater operator.

Sports Authority Lease Auction Seen Drawing Wide Range of Buyers

Sports Authority Lease Auction Seen Drawing Wide Range of Buyers

It won't be just competing sporting good retailers showing interest in picking up the bankrupt company's pieces.

Here's Why TJX Should Buy Macy's

Here's Why TJX Should Buy Macy's

The marriage of the leading department store operator to a leading discounter would give the combined company synergies and more leverage over wholesale brands. And the time is ripe.

Why Is an Activist Investor Interested in Retailer Mattress Firm? It's Not What You Think

Why Is an Activist Investor Interested in Retailer Mattress Firm? It's Not What You Think

Private equity firm Berkshire Partners has gained two board seats at the retailer, but with a valuation considered pricey by private equity a buyout is unlikely. So what's going on?

Monster Beverage Buys Longtime Flavor Supplier for $690 Million

Monster Beverage Buys Longtime Flavor Supplier for $690 Million

Buying American Fruits & Flavors gives Monster greater control over its supply chain.