The skyline of the city of Herat, in the westernmost corner of Afghanistan, is dominated by the Qala Ikhtyaruddin, a 700-year-old stone citadel. On a chilly December afternoon, as the sun begins to dip, the citadel’s grounds are largely unoccupied. The general public isn’t allowed in until renovations to the time-ravaged site are finished. Paid for in part by a $725,000 grant from the U.S. government, the project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011.
Fifth & Pacific Cos. agreed to sell its Lucky Brand Jeans division to private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP for $225 million, part of a plan to divest assets and focus on the Kate Spade label.
Private-equity firm Sycamore Partners is nearing a deal to buy Jones Group Inc. for $15 a share, a transaction that would value the retailer at about $1.2 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.