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RYE, NY-Its portfolio already brimming with leading brands in niche markets, locally based Jarden Corp. on Tuesday said it’s making its largest acquisition to date with a $1.75-billion deal for Yankee Candle Co., including YCC’s network of 561 owned and operated retail stores across the US and Canada. The candle maker’s current ownership, a fund managed by Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners, acquired the company in 2007 for $1.4 billion, including the assumption of $300 million in debt. The sale to Jarden is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

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