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Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.                  

Johnson Controls Buys Air Distribution Business

April 16, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

Johnson Controls, which makes both automotive and building systems, said Wednesday that it's buying Air Distribution Technologies from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $1.6 billion.              

Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 7:49 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.               

Judge Sets Hearing In Boeing Sale Lawsuit

April 10, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits.                   

Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

Mallinckrodt To Buy Questcor For About $5.6B

April 8, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Mallinckrodt is buying California-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a combination of stock and cash valued at about $5.6 billion that will help to further diversify the Irish company's business.          

China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.              

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Blackstone Buying Gates For $5.4B

April 7, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.                      

Sherwin-Williams Ends Deal For Comex's Mexican Unit

April 7, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

The Cleveland-based paint company had agreed in 2012 to buy Consorcio Comex in a deal valued at $2.34 billion, including debt, to increase its presence in certain markets.              

Holcim, Lafarge Create Swiss Merger

April 7, 2014 9:50 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.         

Sun Pharma Buys Ranbaxy In $4B Deal

April 7, 2014 7:50 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday.                   

Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

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Stratasys Buys Solid Concepts, Harvest Tech

April 2, 2014 8:46 am | News | Comments

Solid Concepts Inc. is the biggest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a partner to RedEye, Stratasys' existing digital manufacturing service business.             

Actavis Plans To Spend $100M On Generic Drug Maker

April 1, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

Drug maker Actavis Plc plans to expand its reach into Southeast Asia by spending about $100 million to buy Silom Medical Co., a generic pharmaceutical company focused on Thailand.              

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.             

J&J Accepts $4B Offer For Diagnostics Unit

March 31, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business.                 

Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Marchionne said the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he has long said is the minimum for an automaker to compete in the global market.           

Facebook Buys Up Virtual-Reality Designers For $2 Billion

March 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Beyond games, Zuckerberg said virtual reality headsets might someday be used to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store. The technology also has social applications, he said.

Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

California-based Fisker planned to build cars at the former General Motors plant, but it filed for bankruptcy protection in November.                    

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the $7.3 billion deal will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                       

Horizon Pharma Buying Vidara For About $660M

March 19, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Horizon Pharma plans to buy Vidara Therapeutics International in a cash-and-stock deal that will add the immune system disorder drug Actimmune to the specialty drug maker's product portfolio.           

Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

The company said it would preserve the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker general-aviation brands under Cessna CEO Scott Ernest.                                     

Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:08 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                 

J&J's McNeil Unit Sells K-Y Brand

March 10, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser is buying K-Y personal lubricants from U.S. health care giant Johnson & Johnson.                      

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