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Deals du Jour

June 2, 2009

Abu Dhabi sells 3.5 billion pounds of shares in Barclays, making a handy profit, and sending the stock down well over 10 percent. In another share sale, wind turbine maker Gamesa is suspended after Iberdrola offloads 10 percent of the company in the market. Otherwise, cars still dominate: GM has filed for bankruptcy, Germany is to pay bridge financing to Opel today and a U.S. judge said overnight the sale of Chrysler will be effective on Friday. Here are today’s top deals headlines.

And in the newspapers:

British publishing group Pearson is in talks with Prisa over the possibility of buying a stake in Santillana, the Spanish media firm’s publishing house and market leader in school textbooks in Latin America, the Financial Times reported.
Prisa could be looking to sell up to 30 percent of the unit in a 315 million pound deal. Other bidders include Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press and Infinitas Learning, the paper says.

Citigroup Inc told about five former top executives they will not be paid tens of millions of dollars in promised severance payouts, the Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying.

France’s Carrefour is close to buying a stake in a unit of India’s Pantaloon Retail, the Business Standard reported.

French carmaker Peugeot declared itself open to any form of alliance amid turmoil in the car industry as long as the Peugeot family maintains a core presence, Peugeot Citroen PSA supervisory board chairman Thierry Peugeot, Les Echos reported.

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