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  • On the Democratic side is Andrew Bleeker, a 30- year-old wunderkind who founded the digital consulting firm Bully Pulpit Interactive after whipping up President Barack Obama's digital outreach strategy for his second presidential run in 2012.. The veteran strategist helped sweep several Republican senators into office in 2014, including Iowa's Joni...

  • STRATHMORE, Alberta, July 21- Spring wheat crops in southeastern Alberta looked short and thin, showing more damage from hot, dry weather than expected by scouts on a crop tour Tuesday. A tour organized by CWB Market Research Services, formerly the Canadian Wheat Board, includes 20 scouts traveling three routes across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba from...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 16- OHL Mexico said on Thursday that audits it commissioned after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal showed that the terms of two concessions it holds comply with the law. The audits, which the board asked consultants KPMG and FTI Consulting as well as law firm Jones Day to carry out, looked at two highway concessions in the State of Mexico...

  • SAO PAULO, July 14- Sky-high power prices in Brazil following the worst energy crisis in 15 years will favor quick expansion of distributed solar generation in the country, according to investors and consultants. Brazil's power sector watchdog Aneel is holding public hearings to discuss regulations to expand the system. "Power generation, particularly solar...

  • MUMBAI, July 8- India's IT outsourcing firms are betting on U.S. The United States is the biggest market for the outsourcing industry, which is dominated by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd.. "In terms of technology maturity, other sectors like manufacturing, banking, are a lot more mature than healthcare," said Rajib Bhattacharya, head of a...

  • FRANKFURT/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 6- Italy's Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to tap into phones and computers, found itself the victim of hacking on a grand scale on Monday. The controversial Milan- based company, which describes itself as a maker of lawful interception software used by police and intelligence services...

  • FRANKFURT, July 6- Italy's Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to police the web, appeared to be the victim of hacking on a grand scale itself on Monday. The Milan- based company, which describes itself as a maker of lawful interception software used by police and intelligence services worldwide, has been accused by...

  • July 1- U.S. private employers ramped up their hiring in June, as a report by a payrolls processor on Wednesday showed businesses adding the greatest number of workers in six months, a further sign of labor market improvement that may allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. "The U.S. job machine remains in high gear," Mark Zandi, chief...

  • U.S. private sector adds 237,000 jobs in June -ADP Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. private employers added 237,000 jobs in June, the biggest gain since December, suggesting further improvement in the jobs market which may allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. May private payroll gains were revised up to 203,000 from an originally reported...

  • June 25- Accenture Plc raised its full-year revenue forecast for the third time, reflecting continued strong demand for the company's consulting and outsourcing services. Accenture raised its full-year revenue growth forecast to 9-10 percent on a local currency basis. New York- based Accenture's rivals include India's Infosys Ltd and Tata Consultancy...

  • At the industry's biggest annual conference in Cannes this week the main topic of conversation among the 13,000 delegates is the 18 companies- from consumer products giants Proctor& Gamble and Unilever to automakers like BMW and Volkswagen- that have decided to re-think which agencies they want for marketing advice. The reviews are an unnerving prospect for...

  • Valeant names McKinsey merger expert as its next CFO Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 9:49 AM ET

    June 11- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc has again reached into the ranks of business advisory firm McKinsey& Co to hire a senior executive, naming Robert Rosiello as its next chief financial officer on Thursday. Valeant's shares rose about 1 percent in morning trading in New York and Toronto. The stock had declined in pre-market activity as...

  • LONDON, June 11- British engineering and design consultancy WS Atkins posted a 15 percent rise in full-year profit, just ahead of analyst expectations, and said its outlook remained positive. The company, which operates in markets including Britain, North America and the Middle East, reported underlying pretax profit of 121.9 million pounds, up from 106.4...

  • NEW YORK, June 9- Shareholders are about $50 billion worse off for having put money into non-traded real estate investment trusts rather than exchange-traded versions, a legal consultant for investors said on Tuesday. The figure represents the difference between the performance of more than 80 non-traded REITs and the performance of a diversified...

  • NEW YORK, June 8- Auction.com, an online marketplace for property backed by Google Inc and real estate mogul Barry Sternlicht, signed a deal with a commercial real estate advisory firm to provide due diligence in a step to enhance its services and help move sales further beyond the local arena. Half of Auction.com' s sales are now commercial real estate, of which 60...

  • Supercar makers neglect women at their peril Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    *Proportion higher in China, world's top auto market. JONA, Switzerland, May 19- Supercar makers are like teenage boys at a high school dance, according to business consultant Belinda Parmar. "Any woman could drive those cars," said Sonja Heiniger, the Swiss owner of an Internet services firm who has owned four Lamborghinis and hits the racetrack in a Porsche.

  • UPDATE 1-Applied Materials revenue beats estimates Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    May 14- Applied Materials Inc's quarterly revenue and profit beat market estimates due to increased demand for its chip equipment spares, consulting services and gear used to make display screens. Revenue in its applied global services business jumped 21 percent to $646 million in the second quarter ended April 26, Applied Materials said.

  • May 14- Technology consulting services provider Computer Sciences Corp is planning to separate its government business from its commercial information technology division, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The company's shares were up 4 percent at $67.18 in afternoon trading in New York, after earlier jumping as much as 7.1 percent.

  • May 14- Technology consulting services provider Computer Sciences Corp is planning to separate its government business from its commercial information technology division, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. An announcement on CSC's plans could come as early as next week, when the company announces its fiscal 2015 earnings on May 19, the...

  • ZURICH, May 12- A major shareholder in Adecco, Milwaukee- based fund manager Artisan Partners, is calling on the staffing firm to change its mind over a new chief executive it announced last week, in comments made to Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft. Shares in Switzerland's Adecco tumbled after it said CEO Patrick de Maeseneire was leaving and would be...