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Sep 8, 2014

UK class, entitlement unleash violence in film “The Riot Club”

TORONTO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – British class and privilege are
seldom associated with hooliganism and uncontrolled violence,
but Danish director Lone Scherfig pairs the two in a new film
about the debauched excesses of an exclusive Oxford University
dining club.

“The Riot Club,” which premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival on Saturday, is a story inspired by
the elite dining societies of Oxford and Cambridge.

Sep 8, 2014

Canadian retailers bet on technology in fight with U.S. giants

TORONTO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Canadian retailers, scrambling
to keep pace with the likes of Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Inc in an increasingly crowded market, are
investing heavily in high-tech tools to lure shoppers.

Companies have ramped up their efforts to address consumers’
evolving shopping habits and to compete with rivals such as
Wal-Mart, which is pouring more than C$30 million ($27.4
million) into Canadian e-commerce projects this year.

Sep 4, 2014

Bombardier’s CSeries “very close” to flying again -source

TORONTO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s
troubled CSeries is on the brink of resuming test flights in
coming days, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

“It is very close. There should be some good news on the
test program within the next week,” the source said.

Sep 3, 2014

Swedish carrier says “fully committed” to Bombardier’s CSeries

TORONTO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Braathens Aviation, the Swedish
carrier that backed out last week as the first CSeries operator,
said on Wednesday it is not canceling its order for Bombardier
Inc’s new plane following some speculation it may do
so after multiple delays.

“We have a firm delivery contract with Bombardier. So we are
fully committed,” said spokesman Geir Stormorken in an email.

Aug 29, 2014

Swedish carrier backs out as first Bombardier CSeries operator

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s
troubled aerospace business faces more upheaval as a Swedish
carrier backed out as the first customer to start commercial
flights with its new CSeries jet and the Canadian firm said more
senior aerospace executives will be laid off.

Malmo Aviation, owned by Sweden’s Braathens Aviation, was
slated to be the first CSeries customer to take delivery of the
new jet in the second half of 2015, but the airline said on
Friday that will no longer be the case. It cited worries about
further delays after a May engine failure grounded the jets.

Aug 29, 2014

Burger King main shareholder the big tax winner in Tim Hortons deal

TORONTO (Reuters) – Burger King’s (BKW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) proposed $11.5 billion acquisition of Canada’s Tim Hortons (THI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may offer big tax benefits to the U.S. fast food chain but the real tax winner is likely to be its controlling shareholder, 3G Capital.

The New York investment firm is not only deferring a capital gains tax hit in the U.S. because of the deal structure, but is also poised to reap a multitude of dividend tax and other benefits by moving Burger King’s domicile to Canada, tax experts on both sides of the border said.

Aug 26, 2014

Burger King to buy Canada’s Tim Hortons for $11.5 billion

TORONTO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Burger King Worldwide Inc
plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim
Hortons Inc in a C$12.64 billion ($11.53 billion)
cash-and-stock deal that would create the world’s third-largest
fast-food restaurant group.

With roughly $23 billion in combined annual sales and more
than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries, the new entity would
have a vast global footprint and huge growth potential, the
companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Aug 25, 2014

Investors cheer Burger King-Tim Hortons ‘combo deal’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Investors in Burger King Worldwide Inc and Tim Hortons Inc applauded news of a potential merger between the two fast food chains, seeing both tax savings and strategic rationale for a combination.

The two companies confirmed late on Sunday that Burger King is in talks to acquire the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, and that the combined entity would be based in Canada. Shares of Tim Hortons jumped 18.9 percent to close at $74.72 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, while shares of Burger King, which is majority owned by investment firm 3G Capital, rose 19.5 percent to $32.40.

Aug 20, 2014

More Bombardier executive reshuffling as CSeries still grounded

TORONTO, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Another Bombardier Inc
commercial aircraft executive has left the company, the plane
and train maker confirmed on Tuesday, the latest move following
a major restructuring announcement last month involving its
aerospace division.

Montreal-based Bombardier, which has struggled with long
delays and slow orders for its ambitious, multibillion dollar
CSeries jetliner program, said it has appointed Ross Mitchell to
replace aerospace executive, Philippe Poutissou, who left
earlier this week.

Aug 15, 2014

Insight – Slow pace of rail recovery stirs fear of future woes

TORONTO (Reuters) – More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

Across the continent’s seven largest operators, trains ran almost 8 percent slower on average and sat idle at key terminals for nearly three hours longer in the second quarter than a year earlier, data from the main railroads, known as Class 1, show.

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