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Big name retailers mull over going public

Despite the volatility of the Australian Stock Exchange in the past 12 months, public floats are on the whiteboards for a number of retailers looking to future growth. Trade sales, mergers and acquisitions in the retail sector have gone quiet, effectively limited to acquisitions of distressed chains such as Koko Black, Fusion Retail Brands and Noni B. Private equity firms and a handful of retailers continue to spruik an interest in acquiring other retailers and have no doubt been running a ruler