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For a few dollars more

July 1, 2008

rtx70dq.jpgThe problem with Anheuser Busch’s defence strategy is that it makes the Budweiser-maker an even more enticing target for InBev, for if the St Louis-based brewer can trim costs so easily how much more can the ruthless cost cutters at InBev take out?

Bud brewer in a tight spot from Stella bid

June 25, 2008

stella.jpgInBev has timed its $46.3 billion bid for Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch well. Anheuser’s shares have gone nowhere for five years, Chief Executive August Busch IV is not the leader his father was, while InBev is buoyed by strong revenues from Brazil, where the real is riding high.