Fruit of the Loom Ltd, the 130-year-old Chicago-based apparel group that filed for bankruptcy protection in late 1999, is thought to be close to finding a buyer. A story filed by The Deal LLC says that creditors controlling the company chose a buyer late last week. The article says that although the buyer has not been named, "some observers speculated that Berkshire Hathaway Inc filed a late bid that bested three competing proposals that were likely not better than $750 million each. A spokeswoman for Omaha-based Berkshire declined to comment."