Markets & Finance

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RETAILING

Japan's Fast Retailing set a Manhattan record when it signed a $300 million, 15-year lease on a 90,000 sq. ft. space at 666 Fifth Avenue. It will be home to the world's biggest Uniqlo store

TRAVEL

Comedian John Cleese paid $5,100 for a 935-mile cab ride from Oslo to Brussels after his flight out of Norway was grounded by volcanic ash

EMERGING MARKETS

Argentina unveiled a plan to swap $20 billion in defaulted government bonds for new securities, offering investors 33.7 cents on the dollar

ENTERTAINMENT

Movie moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein have offered $625 million to buy back Miramax Films from Walt Disney

BANKING

Amount Toronto-Dominion Bank spent to buy three failed Florida-based lenders: $3.8 billion. Canada's No. 2 bank has about 1,000 branches in the U.S.

CONFECTIONERY

Former Cadbury Chief Executive Todd Stitzer walked away with more than $35 million after selling the candymaker to Kraft Foods

COLLECTIBLES

A letter from a passenger on the Titanic fetched $84,714 at auction in Britain, a record for correspondence from the doomed vessel

BUYOUTS

TPG agreed to buy American Tire Distributors Holdings for about $1.3 billion from a group of buyout firms. It was at least the fourth deal in the past two weeks in which both buyers and sellers were private equity firms

OIL

Apache Corp. paid $2.7 billion for Mariner Energy, a small oil producer with reserves in the Gulf of Mexico


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