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Mall giant Simon beating back perceptions of Internet threat

Brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a rough holiday season, and the doldrums continued through January—fueling hand-wringing among investors and other observers over whether the Internet has permanently diminished the American shopping mall.
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Feud with Hilberts stinging Menard on many levels

Throwing the sexual-extortion allegations into the public domain must be a nightmare for Menard, who for decades has doggedly avoided scrutiny of his personal life—even as he built his chain into the nation’s No. 3 home improvement retailer and built his net worth to an estimated $7 billion.
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A sweet year for Interactive, other stocks:

Interactive Intelligence Inc. this past summer finally rebounded to $13, its initial public offering price seven years ago. Then it kept going. By year-end, shares of the Indianapolis-based software maker were trading around $21. For the year, Interactive shares appreciated 311 percent, making it the top-performing stock in 2006-by far. But it was an outstanding year for many Indiana companies, as their shares climbed in step with the national market indexes. In 2006, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 16...
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NEWSMAKER: Dealmaker Hilbert starts private equity firm:

NEWSMAKER Dealmaker Hilbert starts private equity firm Five years after his ouster as CEO of Conseco Inc., the acquisitive insurer he founded, Steve Hilbert is back in the deal-making game. IBJ reported in November that Hilbert has launched MH Private Equity Fund LLC, a private-equity firm that plans to buy firms in specific industries and consolidate them. Consolidation will bring economies of scale and cost savings, the thinking goes, and also will create marketleading companies positioned to thrive in their...
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