An activist American hedge fund, Third Point, has bought an unspecified stake in EssilorLuxottica, and continues to increase it, according to Reuters, which cited sources close to the matter. Another news agency, Bloomberg, put the stake at 1.2 percent. Third Point has a track record of prompting changes in the companies in which it has invested, as it did with Nestlé and Campbell Soup. Bloomberg said that the hedge fund wants to break a stalemate between the Italian and French components of the group. According to Reuters, representatives of Third Point have met with Leonardo Del Vecchio, EssilorLuxottica's executive chairman and main shareholder, whose stake exceeds 32 percent.

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