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Sep 2, 2013

Verizon, Vodafone to announce $130 billion U.S. deal

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Verizon Communications and Vodafone plan to announce a $130 billion deal on Monday that will give the U.S. telecom giant complete control of Verizon Wireless, subject to final board approval, people familiar with the matter said.

Vodafone said in a statement late on Sunday it was in advanced talks with Verizon to sell its 45 percent stake in the joint venture for $130 billion, comprising cash and common shares, but that there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

Sep 1, 2013

Verizon, Vodafone to announce $130 billion U.S. deal on Monday

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Verizon Communications and Vodafone plan to announce a $130 billion (83.7 billion pounds) deal on Monday that will give the U.S. telecom giant complete control of Verizon Wireless, subject to final board approval, people familiar with the matter said.

Vodafone said in a statement late on Sunday it was in advanced talks with Verizon to sell its 45 percent stake in the joint venture for $130 billion, comprising cash and common shares, but that there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

Sep 1, 2013

Verizon, Vodafone to announce $130 bln US deal on Monday

NEW YORK/LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Verizon Communications
and Vodafone plan to announce a $130 billion deal
on Monday that will give the U.S. telecom giant complete control
of Verizon Wireless, subject to final board approval, people
familiar with the matter said.

Vodafone said in a statement late on Sunday it was in
advanced talks with Verizon to sell its 45 percent stake in the
joint venture for $130 billion, comprising cash and common
shares, but that there was no certainty an agreement would be
reached.

Aug 30, 2013

Verizon in talks to buy out Vodafone stake – sources

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Communications is close to buying the remaining stake in Verizon Wireless from Vodafone Group PLC it does not own for potentially $130 billion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what could be the third-biggest deal of all time.

Verizon, the number one U.S. mobile carrier, has made no secret of its desire to gain full ownership of a network that is growing fast and generating billions of dollars in free cash flow, hoping to reap the monetary benefits.

Aug 29, 2013

Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake to Verizon

LONDON/NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Vodafone Group PLC
said on Thursday that it was in talks with Verizon
Communications Inc to sell its prized stake in Verizon
Wireless, the number one U.S. mobile carrier, in what would be
the third-biggest deal of all time.

Verizon has made no secret of its desire to gain full
ownership of a network that is growing at a rapid rate and
generating billions of dollars in free cash flow, but the
companies have tussled over how such a deal should be valued.

Aug 23, 2013

Recovering UK economy shows broader, faster growth

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, benefiting from a broad-based pick-up in activity that looked to have put the country’s burgeoning recovery on a firmer footing.

Gross domestic product expanded 0.7 percent from the previous quarter, data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday, beating its initial estimate and economists’ forecasts and putting Britain’s growth rate on a par with European powerhouse Germany.

Aug 15, 2013

IAG sticks with Airbus to revamp short-haul fleet

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – IAG, the owner of
British Airways and Iberia, has picked Airbus again
for the latest stage of its fleet modernisation, planning to
acquire up to 220 A320s worth $20 billion to renew and expand
its short-haul fleet.

The move is the latest major deal to be agreed between the
International Consolidated Airlines Group and Airbus, rather
than British Airways’ long-time partner Boeing, and
follows the arrival in London last month of its first Airbus
A380 jet.

Jul 31, 2013

BT takes on BSkyB sport to protect broadband business

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s BT will launch its much heralded sports TV service on Thursday in the biggest challenge to the dominance of BSkyB since Rupert Murdoch launched the pay-TV group over 20 years ago.

The former telecoms monopoly, which has committed around 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) to the project, is stepping into an arena where others have failed, invariably outmaneuvered by BSkyB in the battle for programming and subscribers.

Jul 31, 2013

U.S. drinkers offset slower emerging markets for Diageo

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Demand from U.S. drinkers for
expensive whiskies and new spirits is helping Diageo to
offset slowing growth in some emerging markets, the world’s
biggest spirits maker said on Wednesday, echoing a trend seen
elsewhere in the luxury sector.

In its first set of results under new boss Ivan Menezes, the
maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Guinness stout met forecasts
with an 8 percent rise in annual operating profit and stuck to
its medium-term growth targets.

Jul 29, 2013

Ad groups scramble after Publicis-Omnicom shake-up

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – A plan to merge Publicis PUB.PA and Omnicom (OMC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) into the world’s biggest advertising group has begun a scramble by rivals to poach their blue-chip clients worried the new agency might face conflicts of interest.

Without any defections, the Franco-U.S. giant would bring the accounts of major competitors in a number of industries such as Apple and Samsung, or Coca Cola and PepsiCo, under one roof.

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