Dillard’s shareholders demand access to records

Reuters – Two activist hedge funds of Dillard’s Inc are demanding access to inspect the retailer’s books and records, seeking greater transparency from the department store chain’s executives and family members.

Dillard’s shares jumped 18 percent in Monday morning trading.

Barington Capital has been calling on the Little Rock, Arkansas retailer to take steps to improve financial results and governance practices since at least June 2007.

The hedge funds own around 5 percent of Dillard’s class A stock. The Dillard family own most of the company’s class B stock, which allows them to nominate eight of the company’s 12 directors.

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