BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – KPN’s chief financial
officer quit unexpectedly on Monday, leaving the Dutch telecoms
group without a key executive as it negotiates with Mexico’s
America Movil, which is proposing a 7.2 billion euro
($9.5 billion) takeover.
Eric Hageman, 43, was just one year into the job. KPN said
he resigned due to personal circumstances, unrelated to working
relationships or the company’s present situation, and added it
would make a further announcement regarding the CFO role “as
soon as possible.”
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powered away late in the race to destroy his rivals and win the 100 meters in 9.8 seconds at the season-closing Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Bolt, who won 100, 200 and 4×100 relay golds at last month’s world championships, was one of several Moscow medalists in action.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Usain Bolt has made breaking his 200metres world record the target for 2014 and reiterated his plan to retire after the 2016 Rio Games having achieved the unthinkable hat-trick of Olympic sprint doubles
“As long as I stay injury free next season you’ll see me attempting a few times to try to break some records,” Bolt told reporters in Brussels ahead of Friday’s season finale Diamond League event where he will race the 100m in a rematch with American Justin Gatlin who he beat into second place in last month’s world championship final.
BRUSSELS/COPENHAGEN, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Growth in emerging
markets could not rescue Dutch brewer Heineken and
rival Carlsberg on Wednesday from poor spring weather
and grinding economic recession in much of Europe.
But both forecast strong demand in Asia would ensure
full-year earnings match or go beyond last year’s levels and
Heineken said it would push new products such as Radler, a mix
of lager and lemon juice, to draw back European drinkers.
BRUSSELS, July 31 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev,
the world’s largest beer maker, sold less beer but made more
money than expected in the second quarter as drinkers absorbed
price hikes and traded up to premium lagers.
The maker of Budweiser, Beck’s and Stella Artois reassured
investors on Wednesday with a surge in earnings that showed it
was turning the corner in the United States and Brazil, its two
AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Dutch telecom group KPN’s (KPN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) biggest shareholder America Movil (AMXL.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has ended an agreement to keep its holding below 30 percent, a sign it may bid for the whole company.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s company, which owns 29.8 percent of KPN, was entitled to end the agreement after Spain’s Telefonica (TEF.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bid 8.1 billion euros ($10.7 billion) for KPN’s German mobile arm E-Plus, KPN said on Monday.
BRUSSELS, July 22 (Reuters) – Belgian telecoms operator
Mobistar cut its revenue and profit forecasts for
this year and scrapped it dividend after a price war caused
earnings to tumble in the second quarter.
Shares in Mobistar, which is majority-owned by France’s
Orange, fell as much as 31.4 percent to an 11-year low
of 10.82 euros on Monday.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium swore in Philippe as its new king on Sunday after his father Albert II abdicated, subduing for a day questions about his ability to bring a divided country together and the power of the monarchy.
Philippe, 53, took his oath in Belgium’s three official languages – Dutch, French and German – two-and-a-half weeks after King Albert, 79, announced that he would abdicate after 20 years on the throne.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium swore in Philippe as its new king on Sunday after his father Albert II abdicated, largely setting aside for one day questions about his ability to bring a divided country together.
Philippe’s investiture came two-and-a-half weeks after King Albert, 79, announced he would abdicate after 20 years on the throne to make way for the 53-year-old crown prince.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium will swear in a new king on Sunday with festivities but also questions over the political influence of the monarch and the acceptance of Philippe as the king of all Belgians.
The 183-year-old country is split across the middle, with many Dutch speakers seeking greater independence for Flanders in the north and wary of a monarchy seen rooted in the once powerful, but now poorer French-speaking Wallonia in the south.