Simon making $10B bet on future of malls

Wall Street today is cheering Simon Property Group Inc.’s giant bet on the future of retail real estate, a sector that
appeared left for dead just months ago. The nation’s largest mall owner has offered $10 billion to take over its
nearest rival, Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., which is in bankruptcy.

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Hillenbrand acquiring conveyor manufacturer

The Batesville holding company said it will purchase K-Tron International Inc. in New Jersey for about $435 million, including
$45 million in K-Tron debt and cash on hand. The deal is expected to close by the end of March.

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