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House of Fraser asks Lloyds to up its stake

House of Fraser has asked Lloyds Banking Group to increase its share in the department store chain as part of a property deal.

The retailer has asked the bank to consider swapping a property loan of almost £65m into equity, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

If Lloyds agrees it will end up owning a significantly increased stake in House of Fraser. It owns a 5.5% stake currently.

It is unclear if Lloyds will agree to the deal, although one source told the paper that a deal was “within an inch” of being completed.

Other major shareholders include Icelandic bank Landsbanki, which holds a 33% stake inherited by collapsed investment firm Baugur.

The retailer’s property company had debts of £64.7m in January, which House of Fraser’s board wants to get rid of to boost performance.

House of Fraser declined to comment.

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