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  • Here some of Thurday's big movers on European stock markets: Altadis, Imperial Tobacco, Pirelli, Cap Gemini, Swedish Match, Omega Pharma and AstraZeneca.

  • Vivendi's Universal Music has offered major sell-offs to win Brussels' approval for its purchase of BMG Music Publishing, creating the world's largest music publisher, a source familiar with the case said.

  • Reliance Industries is considering buying a 13% stake in France's Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer by sales, in a move that would catapult India's largest private-sector group into the ranks of the world's top retailers, according to a report in the Financial Times.

  • Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Kingfisher, Carrefour, J. Sainsbury, HBOS, RBS, Deutsche Bank, SEB, Skanska and Holcim.

  • Lower food prices helped to subdue French inflation in February, offsetting higher charges for services and manufactured goods, while the Bank of France raised its growth forecast for the first quarter.

  • French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux is interested in buying assets of the outdoor advertising business of U.S. media giants Clear Channel and CBS.

  • Here some of Tuesday's big movers on European stock markets: Cadbury Schweppes, Altana, Altadis, Alliance Boots, SABMiller, Lagardere and Swisscom.

  • Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Alliance Boots, WM Morrison, Sainsbury, Tesco, Volkswagen, EADS, Xstrata and Deutsche Postbank.

  • Here some of Thursday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bwin Interactive Entertainment, Sidenor, William Demant, Sacyr Vallehermoso, Pernod Ricard, Carrefour and TUI.

  • France's PPR, owner of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, said Thursday its 2006 net profit rose 28% on strong momentum in the luxury division and said trading in its retail division in the first two months of 2007 was higher than in the fourth quarter.

  • Luc Vandevelde resigned as chairman of Carrefour  in a shakeup that followed the disclosure that two new shareholders had acquired a nearly 10% stake in the world's second largest supermarket retailer.

  • Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Telekom Austria, Scania, Resolution, MAN, Iberia, Endesa, Vallourec, Lloyds TSB, RBS and ITV.

  • French media and telecoms group Vivendi on Wednesday posted an 18% rise in adjusted full-year net profit, pulled mainly by Maroc Telecom and its games, French mobile and pay-TV units.

  • France Telecom posted a sharp drop in 2006 profits on Tuesday, hit by restructuring and falling prices in top markets, but fuelled speculation it was saving up for acquisitions by keeping its dividend stable.

  • The French government holds crisis talks on job losses at Airbus on Monday as the ruling right's main candidate in presidential elections heads for Toulouse to build trust with workers on the eve of a strike.

  • The head of French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen told newspaper Le Figaro that job losses were likely to occur at the group.

  • French insurance giant AXA said Thursday that improving sales in its life insurance and asset management businesses helped lift 2006 profit 18%.

  • French state-owned electricity giant Electricite de France SA said Wednesday full-year net profit surged 74% as power prices rose across Europe.

  • Airbus said Monday it postponed a news conference at which it had been expected to announce its long-awaited restructuring strategy.

  • French bank BNP Paribas beat forecasts with a 28.8% rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Thursday, but some analysts expressed concerns over the performance of its French retail banking division.