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MEP fund says files $85 mln takeover bid for Polish EKO Holding

WARSAW, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Private equity fund Mid EuropaPartners filed a 267-million zloty ($85 million) offer forPolish EKO Holding in another stage of a bidding warfor the mid-sized store chain, the brokerage running the dealfor MEP said on Monday.

The fund offers 5.5 zlotys for each EKO share, just abovethe 5.31 zloty market price the stock reached on Monday after an8-percent jump.

The price is 17 percent higher than the bid by MEP's rivalfund Advent International, which already agreed the buy of amajority stake in EKO with the company's owners last month.

MEP will be satisfied with a 26-percent stake in EKO, INGbrokerage said.($1 = 3.1403 Polish zlotys)

(Reporting by Adrian Krajewski)

((adrian.krajewski@thomsonreuters.com; +48 22 653 97 09;Reuters Messaging:adrian.krajewski.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: POLAND EKOHOLDING/