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.... The airline said the cancellations were designed to improve punctuality, which fell below 80% in the first two weeks of September. But the move has left Italians, already frustrated by the turmoil at Alitalia, doubting the level of service that might be provided if Ryanair’s takeover bid went through. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... United’s pre-tax profit last year was £57m, while the cost of financing their debts was £25m. The club’s borrowings, still dating from the debt-loading takeover by the US‑based Glazer family 12 years ago, remain £498m. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Bidders for UK stock market listed companies must lay out more detailed plans for their target, including location of its head office and research and development investment, under proposed rules put forward by the takeover watchdog and backed by the government. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The remaining $351m came in the form of a loan that can be converted into stock. F1’s former owners got the shares at the pre-takeover price of $21. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... An extended boast from the FRC about the splendid work it does these days would not fit the bill. One could call it the Unilever amendment to the takeover code. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 06:41:33 PM
.... United’s pre-tax profit last year was £57m, while the cost of financing their debts was £25m. The club’s borrowings, still dating from the debt-loading takeover by the US‑based Glazer family 12 years ago, remain £498m. ...
Bankrupt Lehman Brothers profits from Formula One sale image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 04:31:10 PM
Ryanair cancellations raise worries in Italy over Alitalia takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:57:42 AM
.... The airline said the cancellations were designed to improve punctuality, which fell below 80% in the first two weeks of September. But the move has left Italians, already frustrated by the turmoil at Alitalia, doubting the level of service that might be provided if Ryanair’s takeover bid went through. ...
Government backs tighter rules on takeover of UK companies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 06:21:29 PM
. Bidders for UK stock market listed companies must lay out more detailed plans for their target, including location of its head office and research and development investment, under proposed rules put forward by the takeover watchdog and backed by the government. ...
Former BHS owner could face fine if the charges stick image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 09:31:18 AM
....15am, invitees have been told. What does the future hold for retailer French Connection? Less than two months ago, Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct increased its stake in the company to around 27%, taking it close to a level where it must launch a takeover bid. ...
Deal or no deal, Sky is the regulators’ hardest ever test image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 06:00:33 AM
....Weak governments put off making tough choices. Which is obviously one reason why the culture secretary plants more acres of long grass whenever the next decisions about the Murdoch takeover of Sky have to be taken. ...
The eurozone may be back on its feet. But is Greece? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 03:00:15 PM
....But in a week when the Italians finally took control of Greece’s state-owned train network (acquired by Italy’s own state operator for a paltry €45m) Pitsiorlas is optimistic. He cites the takeover of Piraeus port by the Chinese shipping conglomerate Cosco as an example of what privatisations can bring: “They will make it the biggest port in Europe and that will boost other professions, create thousands of jobs, revitalise shipyards, which they are also looking at, pave the way to better trains, roads and logistic centres, and trigger development and growth. ...
Ryanair is preparing takeover bid for Alitalia, says Michael O'Leary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:18:38 AM
. Ryanair is preparing a binding takeover bid for Italy’s bankrupt airline Alitalia but has no interest in the ailing German carrier Air Berlin, according to its chief executive, Michael O’Leary. ...
New cigarette rules have led to slump in sales, says Londis owner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 10:03:54 AM
....Booker, the cash and carry group which has agreed to a £3. 7bn takeover by Tesco, said tobacco sales had fallen nearly 10% in its second quarter. ...
Murdochs' £11.7bn Sky takeover bid referred to competition watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:38:30 AM
....The Murdoch family’s proposed £11. 7bn takeover of Sky has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority for further investigation. ...
British pubs under threat from new 'eye-watering' business rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 05:01:33 AM
....AB Inbev, it claims, along with other “Big Beer” global brewers, is strategically targeting the independent brewing sector following the decline of mass market lager brands. The scene was set last year when the third largest corporate takeover in history saw AB InBev buy its rival SABMiller for £71bn, in effect taking control of 30% of the world’s beer production and sales. ...
Sky chief executive's pay quadruples to £16m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of September 2017 03:44:16 PM
....8m. Sky also revealed that it had paid £16m to advisers in the year to the end of March in relation to 21st Century Fox’s takeover bid for the 61% of the company it does not already own. ...
Murdochs' Sky bid isn't the slam dunk it looked a month ago | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 08:00:31 PM
Murdochs' Sky takeover bid to be referred to competition watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 12:33:35 PM
....The Murdochs face the biggest investigation into their record as media owners since the Leveson inquiry after the culture secretary said their proposed £11. 7bn takeover of Sky should face a further six-month inquiry. ...
Rupert Murdoch's proposed Sky takeover reaches endgame image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of September 2017 01:29:22 PM
. MPs return from their summer breaks next week and one of the first issues on the agenda will be 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky. ...
Co-op closes in on £130m Nisa takeover as Sainsbury's pauses talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 10:31:02 AM
....Molly Johnson-Jones, senior analyst at Global Data Retail, said a Co-op acquisition of Nisa would help extend its geographical reach, improve the sourcing of products for both parties and cut costs, creating the opportunity to offset inflation currently affecting UK grocers. She said that Sainsbury’s investors should be relieved that the Co-op had taken the lead in takeover talks as the supermarket was now likely to avoid a CMA investigation and Nisa shareholders’ discontent. ...
Sky stops broadcasting rightwing US channel Fox News in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of August 2017 03:00:00 PM
....The decision came as Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, is set to return her verdict on whether to ask the competition regulator to launch an investigation into the Murdochs’ adherence to broadcasting standards in the UK as part of an inquiry into Fox’s £11. 7bn takeover bid for Sky. ...
Whole Foods price cuts are at center of Amazon-Walmart online war image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 09:38:51 PM
....Also on Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission said it won’t investigate or try to stop Amazon’s $13. 7bn takeover of the food retailer. ...
Former Lloyds boss Eric Daniels sues bank for withheld bonuses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 11:22:18 AM
....Sept 2005 Citizens Advice publishes Protection Racket, a report identifying the problems in the PPI market. September 2008 A £12bn takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB comes just days after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent shockwaves through financial markets. ...
Ofcom could face judicial review over Murdoch's Sky takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 06:12:54 PM
. A campaigning group opposed to Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky is threatening a legal challenge to the media regulator’s ruling that the broadcaster would remain “fit and proper” to hold a UK licence if it was snapped up by 21st Century Fox. ...
The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley image
.... Carillion’s opportunistic attempt to buy Balfour in 2014 was a monumental act of hubris, we now know. Quinn, it is safe to assume, has zero appetite to attempt the takeover trick in reverse. ...
Will 2017 be Rupert Murdoch's summer of despair? | Jill Abramson image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 10:00:36 AM
.... Ailes died earlier this year. The future of Murdoch’s media empire and his company, 21st Century Fox, could depend on the pending approval of his $12bn takeover of Sky News. ...
EasyJet could swoop for parts of Air Berlin as it goes into administration image
....EasyJet would be keen to acquire slots to boost its small presence in Germany, where Lufthansa dominates. However, it is unlikely to countenance a full takeover: Air Berlin operates a large Airbus fleet similar to easyJet’s but also has more than 100 Boeing planes, as well as high costs and pension liabilities. ...
Sainsbury's Nisa takeover talks paused after competition concerns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 04:31:08 PM
. Sainsbury’s exclusive talks on a £130m takeover of grocery wholesale group Nisa have ground to a halt over fears of intervention by competition authorities. ...
How I took on a car hire company – and won image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
.... She was either a very good actor or genuinely did not believe my allegations were true. The takeover is being reviewed by the competition authorities, but approval is likely. ...
Monsanto sold banned chemicals for years despite known health risks, archives reveal image
....As well as the Washington case, Monsanto is facing PCB contamination suits from city authorities in Seattle, Spokane, Long Beach, Portland, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley. Any legal liabilities may be shared with the German chemicals company, Bayer, which has mounted a $66bn (£51bn) takeover bid for Monsanto. ...
Worldpay takeover deal: not bad, but could have been better | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 06:27:04 PM
.... The real question is whether a £9. 3bn takeover by US firm Vantiv is another instance of unambitious British management selling out cheaply. ...
US firm Vantiv to buy British rival Worldpay for £9.3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 01:55:20 PM
....Worldpay, the UK’s largest payment processing company, has agreed to a £9. 3bn takeover by US rival Vantiv after reassuring MPs that the deal did not amount to post-Brexit “cheap pickings” for a foreign buyer. ...
Murdoch’s Sky takeover bid delayed as Ofcom is asked for further input image
. Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover of Sky has met with further delays after the government asked the media regulator to conduct further analysis of the mogul and his company’s adherence to broadcasting standards. ...
A decade after the financial meltdown, its underlying problems haven’t been fixed image
.... They can see what should be obvious: that lowering governance standards will damage London’s reputation and be bad for business in the long run. “Where’s Irene?” was a familiar refrain during 2010, when Kraft’s chief executive Irene Rosenfeld refused to turn up to a parliamentary committee investigation into the US company’s takeover of Cadbury. ...
RBS plans move to Amsterdam for post-Brexit EU hub image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 06:44:41 AM
....The Amsterdam office is for the NatWest Markets arm, and advanced discussions are under way with the Dutch national bank. RBS already holds a banking licence in the Netherlands – a legacy of its takeover of the Dutch bank ABN Amro – and needs to beef up its presence there to “minimise disruption to the business” after Brexit. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
Discovery Communications to buy Scripps Networks for close to $12bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 01:42:25 PM
....The licence fee funded BBC relies on regular returns from BBC Worldwide, which top £200m ($263m) annually, to help top up its coffers. David Zaslav, the deal-hungry chief executive of Discovery, said that the takeover would help the company compete better on the global stage. ...
Sports Direct increases French Connection stake to 27% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 05:16:36 PM
. Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has increased its stake in French Connection to 27%, taking it close to a level at which it must launch a takeover bid. ...
AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot's 'pivotal' year is turning out horribly | Nils Pratley image
.... The march towards annual revenues of $45bn (£34. 5bn) by 2023, the target set when Pfizer’s takeover offer was rebuffed three years ago, would begin in earnest. ...
Sky chief gets £11.5m share payout as it reports profits slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 08:50:21 AM
....The broadcaster, which is waiting to see whether Rupert Murdoch’s £11. 7bn takeover bid will be referred to competition authorities, reported a 14% fall in operating profits to £1. ...
AstraZeneca shares dive after failure in key lung cancer drug trial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:36:16 AM
.... Imfinzi is already approved for bladder cancer in the US. The study forms a key part of Soriot’s promise to rebuild the company’s drugs pipeline and boost revenues to $45bn by 2023, after rejecting a $118bn (£69bn) takeover bid from US rival Pfizer in 2014. ...
Boots ends 130 years of manufacturing as it sells off factories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 12:24:08 PM
.... This is an unsettling time for members as it is not clear at this point what the impact of the sale will be,” he added. The deal will raise fears of the kind of closures that followed US food group Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury. ...
Tesco launches same day delivery across Britain as supermarket takes on Amazon image
....The supermarket said same day deliveries have jumped in popularity, with 18 per cent growth so far this year. It comes as Amazon made further strides into the grocery market, with a takeover of Whole Foods announced last month. ...
Asda considers bid for B&M that would give it access to local stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 04:11:01 PM
....Asda is considering a move for the discount chain B&M, in what would be the latest attempt by a major supermarket to diversify in the face of growing competition from cheaper rivals. A takeover of the budget retailer would be expected to cost more than £4bn. ...
British business chief warns against swift US trade deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 07:52:58 PM
. A headlong rush into a “politically attractive” trade deal with the US risks exposing British companies to hostile takeovers and handing American firms the upper hand, one of Britain’s leading business figures has warned. ...
Private equity houses offer £3bn for payments processor Paysafe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 01:46:49 PM
.... It only became large enough to join the FTSE 250 last year, after changing its name from Optimal Payments in 2015. The multibillion-pound all-cash bid was announced alongside its own takeover of a Texan processing company, Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions, which will give Paysafe access to point-of-sale processing. ...
The promise of a new era at Sports Direct must also mean new personnel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 06:48:36 PM
.... But, even when one person owns 62% of the shares, the chairman should still command the respect of other shareholders. Are the Murdochs getting rattled by the delays to their takeover bid for Sky?. ...
Mr Kipling maker hit by shoppers' switch to own-label products image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 08:29:00 AM
....Chief executive Gavin Darby is under pressure to improve the firm’s performance after rejecting a £1. 5bn takeover offer from US rival McCormick last year. ...
Governments have to invest in the fourth industrial revolution | Larry Elliott image
.... This is not entirely convincing either, since one of the core principles of investing is that the biggest profits are reserved for those who seize the opportunities first. Other reasons canvassed for the lack of investment are that cutting-edge companies need less physical capital than they did in the past, and more money in the bank unless somebody comes along with a takeover bid. ...
Rupert Murdoch ‘could use Sky data trove for political ends’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 09:00:03 PM
....One of the “largest and most sophisticated datasets in the country” – including the TV viewing, internet and phone records of 13 million households – could be misused for political purposes if Rupert Murdoch is allowed to proceed with his plan to buy out Sky, six members of the House of Lords claim in a letter to the Observer. The government’s decision on whether to allow the takeover of the broadcaster by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox may come as early as next week, but a cross-party group of peers led by the film-maker David Puttnam – who was involved in drafting the 2003 Telecommunications Act – have joined forces to highlight what they say is a significant oversight with potentially huge ramifications. ...
Could you spot a bogus Airbnb listing among the genuine ones? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
....Prompted by this and several similar stories, Airbnb did start putting warnings on all listings in April this year telling users to only make payments through its own platform. It also required users to use two-step verification of emails to help reduce account takeover, which sees fraudsters taking control of legitimate listings which they then change. ...
Ofcom made serious errors over Murdoch Sky bid, say high-profile MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 03:31:40 PM
....Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Kenneth Clarke, the former Conservative chancellor, and Lord Falconer, the Labour peer and former lord chancellor, claim in a letter to the government that there was a “fundamental failure” in Ofcom’s investigation into the proposed £11. 7bn takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox. ...
Post-Brexit London is open for business (no matter how grubby) image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:21:05 PM
.... Then there’s the fact that 2017 is supposed to be the pivotal year for AstraZeneca. The results of a critical trial on a potential blockbuster lung cancer treatment are due soon, setting the stage for the company to prove it was right to reject Pfizer’s takeover bid in 2014 and back its long-term standalone prospects. ...
Rupert Murdoch will not offer new Sky deal to culture secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 03:18:55 PM
....Rupert Murdoch will not look to strike a deal with the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, to make Sky News more independent and fast-track his £11. 7bn takeover of Sky. ...
Sports Direct buys 26% stake in Game Digital image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:59:54 AM
.... ESports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China. The stake acquisition will fuel speculation that Sports Direct could pounce on Game with a takeover offer. ...
Indie brewers fight back in bitter row over beer brands' craft credentials image
....However, the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba) begs to differ. The usually good-natured trade body for Britain’s craft brewers has turned from mild to bitter, with Carlsberg’s takeover of the London Fields brewery proving the final straw. ...
Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley image
....3bn) rights issue, just as they weren’t when a similar sum was raised nine years ago. Involving the Brits, who mostly got the shares via Santander’s past takeovers of Abbey National and Alliance & Leicester, apparently would be too tricky to organise. ...
Bovis sets aside another £3.5m to fix faults with homes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 07:38:57 AM
....However, it said demand for new homes remained strong, and the average selling price of its homes rose 9% to £277,000. Earlier this year, Bovis was a takeover target for two rivals - Galliford Try and Redrow. ...
Worldpay shareholders should decline its meek merger deal | Nils Pratley image
.... His first attempt to sell the FTSE 100 card processing company deserves to be declined by his own shareholders. On Tuesday, when Worldpay revealed it had received takeover approaches, City analysts speculated the bidding could go as high as 500p a share. ...
Vauxhall takeover by PSA given go-ahead image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 03:53:20 PM
. The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the takeover of Vauxhall and Opel brands by France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars. ...
Worldpay buyout by Vantiv reignites debate over foreign takeovers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 03:04:35 PM
....Worldpay, which handles 40% of all card payments at tills in Britain, has agreed to a £7. 7bn potential takeover by US rival in a move that has rekindled the debate about foreign takeovers. ...
Sir Owen Green obituary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 02:14:17 PM
. One morning early in 1985, on the stroke of nine o’clock, Sir Owen Green, chairman of the industrial behemoth BTR, strode into the elegant central London offices of Dunlop, the tyre and rubber company, and delivered a takeover bid directly into the hands of its newly appointed chairman, Sir Michael Edwardes. ...
FTSE 100 lower despite Worldpay share surge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 03:55:15 PM
....Shares in payment processor Worldpay jumped by 27. 7% after it said it had received takeover approaches. ...
Worldpay shares soar further on takeover approaches image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 02:31:39 PM
. Shares in the payments processing firm Worldpay have jumped 28% after the company said it had attracted takeover interest. ...
£8bn battle looms for credit card processor Worldpay as rivals circle image
. Worldpay, the UK’s largest electronic payment processing group, is the subject of a takeover tussle less than two years after floating on the stock market. ...
Sainsbury's sales sizzle as shoppers snap up paddling pools image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 06:53:35 AM
....Coupe said that Sainsbury’s general merchandise and clothing ranges, including Argos, outperformed the market, as its fast track delivery and collect-from-store services recorded a “stellar performance” during the quarter, particularly during the warm weather when customers wanted items such as paddling pools and electric fans on the day. Total sales rose 1% despite the closure of dozens of Argos and Habitat outlets in Homebase stores after the takeover of the DIY chain buy Australian firm Bunnings. ...
Carlsberg buys London Fields Brewery image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 05:39:11 PM
....But the deal was struck in unique circumstances, with the brewery having been on the market for £1m since last year after founder Jules De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson was charged with several counts of tax fraud, allegations which he denies. Carlsberg did not disclose the value of the takeover. ...
Nisa denies staff annual bonuses despite hitting performance targets image
. Nisa, the convenience chain that is in takeover talks with Sainsbury’s, has angered several hundred head office staff by denying them annual bonuses despite hitting performance targets. ...
Murdochs or the Enlightenment? Only one will take Britain forward | Will Hutton image
....So if the family can now assure the CMA in an “undertaking in lieu” that it will accept – for a while – obligations to keep Sky News operating impartially, thus addressing those concerns, the CMA can do no other than “advise” the bid go ahead. The only public interest it must enforce is over abuse of market power; the cultural and societal impact of the takeover are beyond its remit. ...
'Tourism is our lifejacket': debt-stricken Greece gets record number of visitors image
.... As the Tsipras government’s first major privatisation, the €1. 2bn deal initially triggered widespread condemnation, with veteran leftists in the two-party coalition privately decrying the “colonial” takeover. ...
Ofcom has concerns about Murdoch power in UK if Sky bid allowed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 06:55:06 PM
. Ofcom has published two in-depth reports on 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky which demonstrate why it has concerns about the Murdochs’ influence on UK news and politics if the deal goes through. ...
Sky-Fox takeover deal likely to face competition probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 04:12:56 PM
. The culture secretary has said she is "minded to" refer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky to the competition watchdog. ...

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