STOCKHOLM, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Skanska (SKAb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research), the Nordic
region’s biggest construction group, said it was selling its
stake in a Chilean highway concession in an eagerly anticipated
deal that could pave the way for a hefty payout to shareholders.
Skanska said in a statement it was selling its 50 percent
stake in the six-lane Autopista Central highway concession to
Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s
largest institutional management firms.
The deal for the concession in Santiago, Chile, would
generate a 5 billion crown ($731 million) gain, it said.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Middle Eastern man killed in a blast in Stockholm was wearing a bomb belt and ready to attack a train station or department store when the device went off prematurely, Sweden’s chief prosecutor said on Monday.
Police were all but certain the attacker was Taymour Abdulwahab, who emigrated to Sweden in 1992 but mostly lived in Britain with his wife and two children.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Middle East-born man who died in a blast in Stockholm was wearing an explosives belt and likely intended to attack a crowded train station or department store when the device went off prematurely, an official said.
Sweden’s chief prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand told a news conference on Monday the man had been well equipped with explosives, including the belt, and he assumed the man had accomplices as the attack was well planned.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Police said on Sunday they were treating bomb blasts in Stockholm as an act of terrorism by a lone attacker that followed an emailed threat referring to Sweden’s troops in Afghanistan and to cartoons of Mohammad.
Police stopped short of calling Saturday afternoon’s blasts, which killed the suspected bomber and wounded two people, a suicide attack. A car blew up in a busy shopping area, followed minutes later by a second explosion nearby.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish police investigating two blasts that rocked central Stockholm on Saturday, killing the suspected bomber and wounding two, said on Sunday they had good leads into what they said were “terror crimes”.
Before the explosions, the Swedish news agency TT received a threatening letter about Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan and caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad drawn several years ago by a Swedish cartoonist.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – While major payment providers MasterCard, Visa and PayPal have stopped transfers to WikiLeaks, a small company with a base in south Sweden said on Thursday it would carry on as a lone channel for donations.
The three big companies stopped servicing WikiLeaks after the website’s release of U.S. diplomatic cables that have angered and embarrassed Washington.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight any bid to extradite him to Sweden over sexual misconduct allegations, and suspects foreign powers are influencing the authorities, his Swedish lawyer said on Friday.
The Swedish prosecutor’s office said information needed for a European arrest warrant in the case had been supplied to Britain, where media reports say Assange is staying.
STOCKHOLM, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Swedish banks will make lower
losses than expected in the next few years due to improving
economic conditions, but they could face financing problems if
domestic house prices fall, the central bank said on Thursday.
The Riksbank forecast loan losses of 42 billion crowns
($6.01 billion) in 2010 to 2013 at the four top Swedish lenders
– Nordea (NDA.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Handelsbanken (SHBa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), SEB (SEBa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
Swedbank (SWEDa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
STOCKHOLM, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Swedish engineer Atlas Copco
(ATCOa.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects demand to remain favourable going into next
year, with margins remaining at recent robust levels after a
strong recovery in demand this year.
“I still see a positive trend,” said Ronnie Leten, chief
executive of the maker of compressors and machinery for mining
and construction industries.
STOCKHOLM, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Swedish tool and machinery
maker Sandvik (SAND.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said a stronger Swedish crown had robbed
it of some of the benefits of firmer demand after posting a
smaller-than-expected rise in third-quarter earnings.
“The seasonal weakening, which adversely impacts sales
and earnings, was offset by a continued improvement in demand in
most markets,” the company said in a statement.