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Aug 5, 2014

Campari cuts profit margin forecast on expansion costs

MILAN, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Italian drinks group Campari
cut its full-year profit margin forecast on Tuesday,
blaming the cost of its expansion plans in the United States and
Spain and overshadowing a pick up in underlying sales in the
second quarter.

The maker of the eponymous bitter red aperitif said on
Tuesday it was now aiming to achieve a flat gross profit margin
this year.

Aug 5, 2014

Italy’s Brembo seeks growth on road, race track and in the skies

MILAN, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Niki Lauda once won Formula One world championships with Brembo’s brakes, while today Ferrari and Porsche use them on road and racing cars alike. Now the Italian firm is about to land another deal equipping top-end Japanese motorbikes, and plans to expand into aviation.

In a country where many manufacturers struggle to compete internationally, Brembo has used innovation, combined with production on four continents, to carve out a niche supplying brake discs and calipers to the high-performance motor industry.

Aug 1, 2014

Fiat investors approve Chrysler merger

TURIN, Italy, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Fiat shareholders
approved the Italian carmaker’s merger with its U.S. unit
Chrysler on Friday, paving the way for a U.S. listing which the
world’s seventh-biggest auto group hopes will help fund an
ambitious turnaround plan.

Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne completed the full
buyout of Chrysler earlier this year and wants to incorporate
the two as a Dutch-registered combine, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
(FCA).

Jul 31, 2014

Fiat investors vote on Chrysler merger to ease access to cash, U.S. investors

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Fiat (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shareholders are expected to approve the Italian carmaker’s merger with its U.S. unit Chrysler on Friday, a union aimed at boosting the world’s seventh-largest auto group’s appeal with foreign investors and paving the way for a U.S. share listing.

Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne completed the buyout of Chrysler earlier this year and is hoping to incorporate the two as a Dutch-registered combine, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

Jul 30, 2014

Fiat to focus on improving Chrysler margins to meet 2014 profit target

MILAN, July 30 (Reuters) – Fiat plans to review its
leasing and sales incentive practices in North America to boost
margins in the region as it seeks to meet its global full-year
targets despite persistent weakness in Latin America and further
losses in Europe.

The North American operations, dominated by Chrysler, the
third-largest U.S. carmaker which Fiat now fully owns, have
become an increasingly important profit centre for Fiat after
its business in Europe was hit by a six-year market slump and
now make up more than half of the group’s global sales.

Jul 21, 2014

Poste Italiane puts conditions on Alitalia-Etihad deal: sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – Poste Italiane will only invest more money in Alitalia if it avoids taking on the airline’s past liabilities, three sources close to the matter said on Monday, a condition likely to hamper a rescue deal with Etihad Airways.

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad plans to buy 49 percent of the loss-making airline in a deal the Italian government hopes will make Alitalia profitable again.

Jul 17, 2014

Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler deny report of merger talks

BERLIN/MILAN (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Fiat Chrysler (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have denied a magazine report saying the two carmakers are in merger talks.

Germany’s Manager Magazin said on Thursday Volkswagen (VW) Chairman Ferdinand Piech had held talks with the owners of Fiat Chrysler about buying all or part of the group that was formed this year from the merger of Italian and U.S. carmakers.

Jul 17, 2014

European car sales up for 10th month as crisis-hit states recover

MILAN, July 17 (Reuters) – New car sales in Europe rose 4.3
percent in June, industry data showed on Thursday, as an
economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and
retail incentives boosted demand for mass-market brands.

New passenger car registrations in the European Union and
European Free Trade Association trading block rose for the tenth
consecutive month to 1.23 million vehicles in June from 1.18
million in the same month last year, according to data from the
Association of European Carmakers (ACEA).

Jun 27, 2014

Fiat Chrysler heads for Wall Street, schooled by struggling sister truckmaker

MILAN, June 27 (Reuters) – Sergio Marchionne needs a New
York stock market listing to bring in the investors required to
fund future growth at Fiat Chrysler, but a lukewarm response to
the chief executive’s most recent Wall Street launch suggests he
has a bumpy journey ahead.

Fiat expects to finalise the merger with its U.S.
unit Chrysler this year. Marchionne plans an October listing in
New York for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to help foot the
bill for his 48 billion euro ($65 billion) spending plan to grow
net profits five-fold and sales by 60 percent within five years.

Jun 19, 2014

Maserati sees Jan-June sales matching record full-year 2013

MODENA, Italy, June 19 (Reuters) – Luxury carmaker Maserati,
part of Fiat Chrysler, expects to sell as many cars in the first
six months of this year as it did in the whole of 2013, the
brand’s chief executive said on Thursday, as it pushes to grow
globally and rival its German peers.

Maserati put in a good performance last year, with sales
more than doubling to 15,400 vehicles as parent Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles bet on the premium brand’s Italian allure
and recognised sporting heritage to try compete with the likes
of BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche.