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Germany's GEA sells heat exchangers business

D - German mechanical engineering group GEA said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell its heat exchangers business to private equity group Triton in a deal valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion).

Germany's GEA sells heat exchangers business

D - German mechanical engineering group GEA said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell its heat exchangers business to private equity group Triton in a deal valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion).

Altice, Numericable plan 10-bn bond sale to fund SFR buy

Paris - French telecom operator Numericable and its parent company Altice said Monday they are planning to issue more than 10 billion euros ($13.8 billion) of bonds to fund their acquisition of SFR.

Investors bet Sun Pharma can restore Ranbaxy to health

New Delhi - On the surface, Sun Pharma's $3.2-billion purchase of Indian generics rival Ranbaxy, which is in deep trouble with US regulators over safety lapses, may not look like a great deal.

Volkswagen says won't raise Scania offer

Frankfurt - Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, said Friday it will not increase its offer for truck manufacturer Scania after the Swedish group dismissed the bid.

IBM buys Internet marketing firm Silverpop

San Francisco - IBM on Thursday announced that it is buying Internet marketing firm Silverpop to enhance its portfolio of services for businesses out to target potential customers.

Comcast, lawmakers debate mega-merger benefits

Washington - Comcast and skeptical lawmakers sparred Wednesday over the merits of a proposed mega-merger with Time Warner Cable which would boost the position of the largest US cable and broadband provider.

P&G sells most pet-care assets to Mars for $2.9 bn

New York - Procter & Gamble will sell most of its pet care business to Mars for $2.9 billion as the US consumer-products giant streamlines its businesses, the companies announced Wednesday.

Comcast defends mega-merger amid stepped-up criticism

Washington - Comcast opens its campaign to get approval of its mega-merger with rival Time Warner Cable at a congressional hearing Wednesday, amid intense criticism from some activists.

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Swiss cement group Holcim and French rival Lafarge are to merge creating a dominant supplier of cement for concrete to the global construction industry.

Holcim, Lafarge announce merger into global cement giant

Geneva - Switzerland's Holcim and French rival Lafarge announced on Monday that they have agreed to merge, creating the world's biggest cement company.

'Holcim, Lafarge boards okay merger to create world's top cement firm'

Geneva - The boards of Switzerland's Holcim and French rival Lafarge have agreed to the merger of their companies to create the world's largest cement maker, Le Figaro newspaper reported Sunday.

Blackstone to buy Gates Global for $5.4 bn

New York - Investment fund Blackstone said it will buy US auto parts maker Gates Corporation for $5.4 billion from its Canadian owners.The deal is the second-largest private equity takeover so far this year after Cerberus Capital's $9.

Blackstone to buy Gates Global for $5.4 bn

New York - Investment fund Blackstone will buy US auto parts maker Gates Global for $5.4 billion, the owners of the company said Friday.The deal is the second-largest private equity takeover so far this year after Cerberus Capital's $9.

Holcim in merger talks with Lafarge

Geneva - Swiss cement group Holcim announced on Friday that it is in merger talks with building supplies giant Lafarge.

Osisko Mining foils Goldcorp bid with Yamana hookup

Montreal - Canada's Osisko Mining announced a partnership Wednesday with Yamana Gold and two pension funds in an apparent effort to thwart a hostile takeover bid by rival Goldcorp Inc.The deal is valued at Can$1.67 billion (US$1.51 billion).

Yahoo in talks to buy NDN video: report

New York - US Internet giant Yahoo is in talks to buy the online video service NDN, which could help it compete with YouTube, The Wall Street Journal reported.

S. Korea's Samsung SDI absorbs materials unit

Seoul - Samsung SDI, the world's largest smartphone battery maker, said Monday it would absorb an affiliate producing electronic chemical materials, in the latest restructuring of the giant Samsung Group.

Intel buys fitness-tracking band maker Basis

San Francisco - Intel announced it has bought fitness-tracking band maker Basis Science as part of a move into the hot wearable computing market.The California-based chip maker on Tuesday did not disclose how much it paid for Basis, which makes a strap-on wrist band t...

Facebook takes $2 billion dive into virtual reality

San Francisco - Facebook announced a $2 billion deal to buy a startup behind virtual reality headgear that promises to let people truly dive into their friend's lives.

Facebook buying virtual reality firm Oculus for $2 bn

New York - Facebook said Tuesday it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about $2 billion in cash and shares.Facebook said it would build on Oculus' technology, including a virtual reality headset aimed at gamers, seeking to use it i...

Media General to buy LIN in $2.6 bn US broadcast deal

Washington - US broadcaster Media General said Friday it will buy LIN Media in a $2.6 billion deal that creates the nation's second-largest television broadcasting company and a digital media powerhouse.The merged company will own and operate or service 74 televisi...

Bouygues raises offer for French mobile operator SFR

Paris - French construction and telecoms group Bouygues raised Thursday its multi-billion-euro offer for mobile operator SFR, attempting to lure its owner Vivendi away from exclusive talks from a rival.Bouygues said in a statement that it had raised the cash p...

Disney eyes deal for Maker Studios

New York - Media and entertainment giant Disney is in talks to buy Maker Studios, one of the largest content providers for online video sharing website YouTube, a report said Tuesday.Specialist website Re/code cited "people familiar with the negotiations" and sai...

Japan's Sprint owner eyes US telecom price war

Washington - The Japanese owner of US mobile carrier Sprint said Monday he wanted to launch a "price war" with the two major carriers as he seeks to acquire T-Mobile's US unit.Masayoshi Son, the tycoon whose SoftBank company holds a controling stake in Sprint, conf...

U.S. Justice Department, American Airlines dispute value of slots

The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday that American Airlines Group made $425 million by selling takeoff and landing slots at two busy East Coast airports, as required to win approval for the merger that set up the company.

Hochtief builds up stake in Leighton of Australia

Frankfurt - German construction group Hochtief said Monday it plans to tighten its grip on Australia's biggest building company by raising its stake to 74 percent.

Chiquita, Ireland's Fyffes merge, become top banana supplier

New York - US-based Chiquita Brands and Ireland's Fyffes Plc said Monday that they are merging, creating the world's larget banana supplier with annual revenue of $4.6 billion.In the stock-for-stock transaction Chiquita shareholders will own approximately 50.7 pe...

Spotify snaps up The Echo Nest

Stockholm - Music streaming service Spotify announced Thursday it had acquired The Echo Nest, a company behind technology to suggest songs to listeners.Sweden-based Spotify did not disclose how much it had paid for the US company, whose technology is used by numer...

US confirms antitrust probe of Comcast-TWC deal

Washington - The US Justice Department said Thursday it has launched an antitrust probe of the mega merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.The $45.2 billion tie-up would unite the largest US cable companies, which also are among the largest broadband Internet prov...
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