(David Transier)

Is Consolidation On The Horizon For Budget Airlines?

In recent years, the airline industry has undergone a rather stark transformation through a series of mega-mergers between legacy carriers. Still, one group has been left relatively untouched: budget carriers. But the Chairman of the Board for Frontier Airlines sees a future with fewer bottom-dollar airline brands. [More]

(Steve Depolo)

Family Dollar Urges Shareholders To Take Dollar Tree Deal, Call Proposal A “Virtual Certainty”

Just weeks after Family Dollar appeared to show a change of heart in the months-long dollar store soap opera, officials with the company are once again pushing for approval of a deal with smaller rival Dollar Tree despite a heftier bid by Dollar General. [More]

(Mark Clifton)

Dollar General Extends Deadline For Family Dollar Offer, Hopes Shareholders Finally Give In To Advances

The drama that is the dollar store wars doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, with Dollar General extending the life of its latest deal to buy Family Dollar out from under Dollar Tree. [More]

(JeepersMedia)

Burger King & Tim Hortons Get One Step Closer To The Altar With Canadian Watchdog’s Approval

Before those two crazy kids Burger King and Tim Hortons can start planning their wedding, they need to get the blessing of their parent nations’ respective antitrust regulators. Bringing the happy couple one step closer to walking down that aisle is Canada’s antitrust watchdog, which just gave the nuptials the go-ahead today. [More]

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

You’d think after two rejections and the proverbial cold shoulder Dollar General would pick up its dignity and go back to hawking dollar times. But no, the dollar store giant just won’t give up on its dream of making dollar love with Family Dollar; this time its taking the hostile route and bringing its thick wallet directly to the smaller store’s shareholders. [More]

1-800-Flowers Will Shell Out $143M To Buy Harry & David

1-800-Flowers Will Shell Out $143M To Buy Harry & David

Love is in the air, and in this case the couple-to-be has plenty of gift options to choose from to celebrate the occasion — 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. says it’ll be buying Harry & David for $143 million in cash, in an effort to take on the gift-giving world and fill it with its wares. [More]

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Less than a week after Dollar General officials said they weren’t giving up on a possible relationship with Family Dollar, the No. 1 dollar store made another attempt to woo its target by flashing a huge wad of cash – this time in a much more aggressive manner. [More]

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. That’s the stance Dollar General appears to be taking as it continues to court a deal to acquire Family Dollar after being spurned by the smaller dollar store chain last week. [More]

(Quadel)

It’s Official: Burger King To Merge With Tim Hortons In $11B Deal

Young love! It happens so fast. It feels like only yesterday, after all, that we first noticed Burger King and Tim Hortons were holding hands. And now the new couple have made it official — they’ll be merging to create one of the largest fast food companies out there. [More]

(JeepersMedia)

Burger King Mulling Idea Of Merging With Canadian Coffee Chain Tim Hortons

Love is in the air this bright Monday morning, and it smells like Whoppers and coffee: Burger King and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons have confirmed that they’re courting the idea of a merger, sending pulses racing, hearts soaring and the stock market into palpitations. Ah, young merger-related love. [More]

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Well, we didn’t exactly see this one coming: Family Dollar has rejected the advances of potential suitor Dollar General and its $9.7 billion bid to buy the smaller dollar store. [More]

Dollar General One-Ups Dollar Tree, Offers $8.95B To Purchase Family Dollar

Dollar General One-Ups Dollar Tree, Offers $8.95B To Purchase Family Dollar

A few weeks ago we warned that a Dollar Store War was nigh. Well, the time has come to ready your crisp ones because Dollar General is flashing some serious cash in an attempt to pull Family Dollar out from under current suitor Dollar Tree. [More]

Flower Power: FTD Buys ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries And More For $430M

Flower Power: FTD Buys ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries And More For $430M

Maybe someone should send FTD a bouquet of flowers to celebrate its recent expansion. Then again, the company probably has enough flowers now that it’s agreed to buy Provide Commerce, the company behind ProFlowers. [More]

(Molly)

Prediction: 10 Brands That Might Disappear In 2015

Every year, 24/7 Wall Street looks around the American business landscape and makes a list of ten brands that they think are doomed. The list includes corporations, retail chains, and product lines, and is quite diverse. However, it’s not very accurate. [More]

Hillshire Officially Ditches Pinnacle Foods Merger For “Superior” Tyson Deal

Hillshire Officially Ditches Pinnacle Foods Merger For “Superior” Tyson Deal

In a move weeks in the making, Hillshire Brands officially left Pinnacle Foods at the altar for Tyson Foods. [More]

Sprint Reportedly Offers $32 Billion To Buy T-Mobile

Sprint Reportedly Offers $32 Billion To Buy T-Mobile

Three years after T-Mobile was left at the altar by AT&T, the wireless company looks to have another suitor – Sprint Corp. According to a report by Reuters, company insiders say Sprint has agreed to pay $40 per share, or $32 billion, for T-Mobile. [More]

Why Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner Cable, And Why TWC Wants To Let Them

Why Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner Cable, And Why TWC Wants To Let Them

Commentary has been flying nonstop since Comcast announced its plan to buy Time Warner Cable. If the buyout goes through, there will be enormous repercussions in the TV and broadband industries, both for competitors and for consumers. Before the legal filings and federal approvals and consumer chaos all begin in March, though, it’s worth taking a step back to look at why this merger is being proposed, and why it’s happening now. [More]

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

Sprint has reportedly been eyeing a merger with T-Mobile since December. Together, the two companies might have the size and clout to stand up to the nation’s two largest mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T. But could T-Mobile’s small size and untraditional strategies actually be the roadblock preventing the purchase from happening? [More]