Heavy trading in L Brands on push for sale, spin-off

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in the company that owns Victoria Secret and Bath & Body Works are surging after a hedge fund began pushing for a sale or the lingerie company, or the creation of a separate, publicly traded company for the latter.

Barington Capital Group laid out a number of recommendations Tuesday in a letter to L Brands CEO Leslie Wexner. The activist investor said L Brands, based in Columbus, Ohio, has underperformed its competitors for five years, with shares having lost nearly three-quarters of their value.

Barington says Victoria’s Secret has become outdated and failed to adapt to “women’s evolving attitudes towards beauty, diversity and inclusion.”

Bath & Body Works is a different story and talk of an initial public offering of shares pushed shares of L Brands up 3 percent, to $27.49. Shares were closer to $100 in late 2015.

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