Deals du jour
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* Ocado, a British online grocery retailer, is considering a flotation on the stock exchange next year, the Times said. The newspaper said the group — 29 percent owned by the pension fund of employee-owned retailer John Lewis — is worth an estimated 600 million pounds ($986.2 million).
* British budget hotel chain Travelodge says it has investor backing for a 100 million pound ($164.5 million) fund to buy struggling hotels, one of its executives told the Times. Reuters story here.
* Barclays is in regular talks with its Japanese investor Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp over a wealth management alliance in Japan, the head of the British bank’s wealth management division said in an interview in the Financial Times. Reuters story here.
* Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has made a bid to buy New Jersey casino operator Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc, which in February logged its third bankruptcy filing, the Wall Street Journal reported.
* Sapient Corp is buying U.S.-based Nitro Group LLC, an independent advertising agency, for a combination of cash and stock valued at about $50 million, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a person close to the deal.
* Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech opposed a swift agreement with Qatar at a meeting of Porsche owner families on Monday that would see the Gulf state taking a stake in Porsche, Financial Times Deutschland reported, citing no sources.
Volkswagen has mapped out ways for Porsche to overhaul its strained finances without the Emirate of Qatar taking a voting stake in the luxury sports car maker and talks on the matter are being held by the two companies, Platow Brief reported, citing unspecified sources.
* Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), CVC Capital Partners and TPG are interested in buying part of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s operations in central and eastern Europe in a deal that could be worth more than $2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.
* Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester has warned that while the worldwide financial economy is recovering, losses from loans secured against property in the banking sector could hamper growth for years, The Times said.
* National Express is in talks with lenders to renegotiate terms on a portion of its 1.2 billion pound debt, amid concerns the bus and rail operator could breach loan covenants in December, the Financial Times said.