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Apr 2, 2014

Britain’s car industry overwhelmingly backs EU membership

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 90 percent of companies operating in the British car industry want the country to stay in the European Union, a survey showed on Wednesday, with access to the single market deemed fundamental to the sector’s success.

The automotive industry has been one of the most vocal supporters of Britain’s role in the EU since Prime Minister David Cameron threw membership into doubt with the promise of an in/out referendum by the end of 2017 if his party wins next year’s national election.

Apr 2, 2014

Britain’s car industry overwhelmingly backs EU membership -survey

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – More than 90 percent of
companies operating in the British car industry want the country
to stay in the European Union, a survey showed on Wednesday,
with access to the single market deemed fundamental to the
sector’s success.

The automotive industry has been one of the most vocal
supporters of Britain’s role in the EU since Prime Minister
David Cameron threw membership into doubt with the promise of an
in/out referendum by the end of 2017 if his party wins next
year’s national election.

Mar 31, 2014

Vodafone brings Africa’s M-Pesa mobile money to Europe

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – Vodafone brought the
mobile money service that has revolutionised banking in Africa
to Romania on Monday, offering M-Pesa text-message transactions
to millions of customers in its first push into Europe.

Vodafone said it had chosen Romania to target the seven
million people there who still mainly use cash rather than
cards, and others with bank accounts who could still benefit
from transferring money by text.

Mar 27, 2014

Britain orders anti-trust probe into biggest energy suppliers

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Britain ordered a full
anti-trust investigation into its biggest energy suppliers on
Thursday after finding signs of tacit price coordination,
launching a process that could result in the break-up of
companies including Centrica and SSE.

In a move that may usher in the biggest shake-up of
Britain’s retail energy market since it was opened up 15 years
ago, three regulators said competition was so weak and public
trust so low that an investigation was needed.

Mar 26, 2014

Murdoch sets up sons to take over media empire

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch has brought eldest son Lachlan back into the leadership of his media empire and promoted younger son James, setting them up to succeed him when the 83-year-old tycoon finally steps down.

Lachlan, 42, will become non-executive co-chairman of both entertainment group 21st Century Fox and publishing company News Corp – sharing both roles with his father.

Mar 20, 2014

Mulberry CEO Guillon quits after turbulent two years

LONDON (Reuters) – Bruno Guillon has quit as chief executive of British luxury brand Mulberry (MUL.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), bringing an end to a two-year tenure marked by three major profit warnings and a move to hike prices that is yet to pay off.

In a brief statement, the maker of Bayswater and Alexa handbags said Frenchman Guillon had decided to step down immediately. He had been CEO for just over two years, having joined from Birkin handbag maker Hermes (HRMS.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Mar 17, 2014

Vodafone agrees $10 bln deal for Spain’s Ono

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Vodafone has agreed to
buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono for 7.2 billion euros
($10 billion), the latest hefty deal in a European telecoms
sector starting to rebuild as the region recovers from a
recession.

The British group said on Monday it would use some of the
$130 billion proceeds from the sale of its U.S. arm to acquire
Ono, with a superfast cable network and 1.9 million customers,
to create a stronger challenger to market leader Telefonica
.

Mar 17, 2014

Vodafone agrees $10 billion deal to buy Spain’s Ono

LONDON (Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc has agreed to buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion), in the latest move by the British group to rebuild its European operations with a broadband offering.

Vodafone said on Monday the deal would enable it to offer a combination of mobile and fixed-line telephony, pay-TV and broadband in one of its largest European markets, hit hard by fierce competition and the effects of a lengthy recession.

Mar 17, 2014

Vodafone agrees to buy Spain’s Ono in 6.02 billion pounds deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc has agreed to buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono for 7.2 billion euros (6.02 billion pounds deal), in the latest move by the British group to rebuild its European operations with a broadband offering.

Vodafone said on Monday the deal would enable it to offer a combination of mobile and fixed-line telephony, pay-TV and broadband in one of its largest European markets, hit hard by fierce competition and the effects of a lengthy recession.

Mar 17, 2014

Vodafone agrees 7.2 bln euro deal to buy Spain’s Ono

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Vodafone Group Plc has
agreed to buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono for 7.2 billion
euros ($10 billion), in the latest move by the British group to
rebuild its European operations with a broadband offering.

Vodafone said on Monday the deal would enable it to offer a
combination of mobile and fixed-line telephony, pay-TV and
broadband in one of its largest European markets, hit hard by
fierce competition and the effects of a lengthy recession.

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