- Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is reportedly in negotiations to acquire fellow retailer Eddie Bauer from private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
- The talks come amid attempts by Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and Men's Wearhouse (MW) to buy each other. Jos. A. Bank's rejected bid for Men's Wearhouse in October was backed by Golden Gate.
- Jos. A. Bank is under pressure from major shareholders to accept Men's Wearhouse's bid, with one, Eminence Capital, filing a suit to stop Jos. A. Bank from making acquisitions so the merger can take place. Eminence owns major stakes in both retailers.