Supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and his investment arm, Yucaipa, have purchased a large amount of U.S. luxury retail chain Barneys New York's debt, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.
Yucaipa also bought a big part of Barneys' subordinated debt, the paper cited one person familiar with the matter as saying.
Spokesmen for Yucaipa, Citigroup and Barneys could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.
Barneys, which is owned by Dubai's Istithmar World Capital, hired restructuring advisory firm Perella Weinberg earlier this year to help it mull options that would shore up its financial position.
The luxury chain, with stores in cities like New York and Chicago, has struggled in the recession as even wealthy consumers have cut back on spending.
Istithmar, a unit of Dubai World
(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)