Private equity firm Bridgepoint is in advanced talks to buy French jeweller Histoire d’Or from Silverfleet Capital. It is also understood to be interested in rival jewellery retailer Marc Orian – owned by Qualium – with a merger between the two targets the likely result. The combined retailers would have more than 300 stores and pull in revenues of around €350m (£291m). Bridgepoint, which also owns Pret A Manger and Fat Face, is expected to part with around €600m, including debt, for the two companies. Bridgepoint also bought arts and crafts chain Hobbycraft in April.