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October 14, 1995 | Bloomberg Business News
Topps Co. is showing off the new wrapper for Bazooka bubble gum with a seven-foot high replica at New York's most famous toy store. But don't worry, the comics are still there. The repackaging--and larger-than-mouthful display at the FAO Schwarz store in midtown Manhattan--mark the approach of the 50th birthday of the candy-store staple, introduced in 1946. The new wrapper features a big pink bubble and more contemporary styling.
August 26, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Shares of Grand Toys International Inc. and other toy makers and distributors with Pokemon deals surged Wednesday as investors flocked to companies with license agreements to sell products featuring Nintendo Co.'s popular video game. "Pokemon is a magic word right now among investors," Burnham Securities analyst David Leibowitz said of the Japanese sensation.
August 21, 2007 | From Reuters
new york -- Influential proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services recommended Monday voting against the takeover of baseball card company Topps Co. by a private equity firm and an investment group led by former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner. ISS said that investors should oppose the $384.5-million bid from Madison Dearborn Partners and Tornante Co. because there was an alternative, higher bid being offered by rival Upper Deck Co. for $425 million.
September 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Shareholders of Topps Co. approved a $385.4-million private equity takeover of the maker of sports cards and candy, the company said Wednesday, defeating activist investors who had said the price was too low. Chief Executive Arthur Shorin told shareholders the deal had enough preliminary votes to pass at the end of a special meeting. The meeting had been postponed three times as the company sought the votes it needed. Michael Eisner's Tornante Co.
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Topps Meat Co. said it was closing its business, days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it opened its doors. The decision will cost 87 people their jobs, the Elizabeth, N.J., company said. Topps on Sept. 25 began recalling frozen hamburger patties that may have been contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli bacteria. The recall eventually expanded to 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. Thirty people in eight states had E.
April 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Luis Gonzalez apparently won't have to give DNA samples after all. No more gumshoe detective work will be necessary. The Arizona Diamondback All-Star reportedly has decided to end any controversy over the legitimacy of a piece of already-been-chewed-by-Gonzo gum being sold at auction on the Internet. Gonzalez said he would chew a new piece of gum while on a Tucson radio program via telephone this morning, according to Johnjay of the "Johnjay and Rich" show on station KRQ.
September 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
In a bid to resolve a sticky mess, a judge has decided that an Argentine company can continue making its sweet-tasting Bazooka gum even though its relationship with Topps Co., which made the brand famous, has long since soured. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. described not just the decades-long history of the companies but also the millenniums-old history of gum, stretching back to when the ancient Greeks chewed on a substance made from the resin of the mastic tree.
August 20, 1989 | DAVE JOHNSON
--What if they didn't give a concert and everybody came? Not a single rock star was scheduled to perform, but cars were lining the roads leading to the former Max Yasgur farm where the Woodstock Festival took place 20 years ago. A crowd estimated to be at least 20,000 showed up, although some proved themselves less hardy than their predecessors by leaving when they were rained on. In contrast, a reunion concert 12 miles from Bethel, N.Y.
September 21, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. reported a 58% rise in profit to $457 million, or $3.37 a share, well beyond analysts' expectations of $2.74, driven by trading gains and merger advisory fees. Lehman also approved a 2-for-1 stock split. Net revenue grew 51% to $2.05 billion, powered by a 117% climb in revenue from stock and bond trading. Lehman pulled in more than $1 billion from trading stocks and bonds, more than double what it made last year.
August 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Upper Deck Co. withdrew its offer Tuesday to buy rival baseball card maker Topps Co., clearing one obstacle in the way of a proposed private equity takeover of the iconic sports memorabilia company. New York-based Topps, maker of baseball cards and Bazooka bubble gum, has recommended that shareholders approve a deal with investors, including a group led by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner. Shareholders are scheduled to complete a vote on that deal next week.
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