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Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

Yaskawa Acquires Solectria Renewables

July 18, 2014 11:59 am | by Yaskawa Electric Corporation | News | Comments

Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Solectria Renewables, LLC announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa Electric will acquire Solectria Renewables through its US subsidiary, Yaskawa America Inc. Solectria Renewables will continue to ...

AbbVie, Shire Agree On $55B Deal

July 18, 2014 7:58 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home.                 

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Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The report, which did not cite sources, said VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to help it improve its struggling footing in the United States. Volkswagen has often expressed interest in Fiat's sporty brand Alfa Romeo.             

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake For About $885M

July 16, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                      

Albemarle To Buy Rockwood In $6.2B Deal

July 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.                    

Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard For $25B

July 15, 2014 8:06 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.                      

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Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, an industry source said.                     

ConAgra Buying Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.              

Mylan Buying Abbott Business Line In $5.3B Deal

July 14, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The generic drug maker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.                         

Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                       

Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

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Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                

Unilever Selling Slim-Fast Brand To Kainos Capital

July 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Unilever said it sold its Slim-Fast brand to the private equity firm Kainos Capital. Unilever said it will keep a minority stake in Slim-Fast, which sells weight loss and nutrition products in North America, the U.K., and Ireland.         

More 'Headline-Grabbing' Deals Expected

July 10, 2014 7:52 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.                 

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 7:51 am | by Nissan | Blogs | Comments

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail – especially in the auto industry.                    

AbbVie Raises Bid For Shire

July 8, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie is boosting its offer for Shire by 11 percent to about $51.3 billion, hoping it will be enough to pique the interest of its British counterpart.              

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

ADM To Buy Flavoring Maker For About $3B

July 7, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.               

Tyson Moves Forward With Hillshire Deal

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.           

Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                

Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners says it plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes and make changes to its packaging. Juicy Juice is in the 100 percent juice category.             

Actavis Closes $28B Forest Deal

July 1, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Actavis has completed its $28 billion acquisition of fellow drugmaker Forest Laboratories, and the leader of the acquired company is now the CEO of Actavis.                 

Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker For $450M

July 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods is buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport for approximately $450 million, a move that will diversify its business and tap into younger consumers' demand for sports nutrition products.          

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