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  • Euro zone stock markets' Greek relief rally fades Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    LONDON, July 17- Blue-chip euro zone stocks slipped on Friday, with a recent Greece- driven relief rally showing signs of fading as investor focus shifts to the corporate earnings season and the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike. The trading day looked set to be dominated by U.S. inflation data due later as well as General Electric's earnings.

  • Greek relief rally fades as euro zone stocks slip Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 4:29 AM ET

    LONDON, July 17- Blue-chip euro zone stocks slipped on Friday, with a recent Greece- driven relief rally showing signs of fading as investor focus shifts to the corporate earnings season and the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike. The earnings season is only just getting underway in Europe, with Friday's batch of results bringing forecast-beating numbers from...

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, July 14- The call of the world's biggest smartphone market is proving irresistible for entrepreneurs in China, where even purveyors of concrete mixers, refrigerators and rock music are mimicking local trailblazer Xiaomi Inc with their own handsets. China had 155 smartphone brands selling over 1,000 handsets a month as at end-March, from 110...

  • The feds turn up the heat on GE Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    The feds turn up the heat on GE

    The Justice Department is suing to stop Electrolux from buying General Electric's appliance division.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop Sweden's Electrolux AB, which owns the Frigidaire and Tappan brands, from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement. "Electrolux's proposed acquisition of General Electric's appliance business would leave millions of Americans...

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping Electrolux AB from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement.

  • HONG KONG, June 24- China's GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd plans to buy Beijing Dazhong Home Appliances Retail Co Ltd for 3.83 billion yuan, formalizing its control of a company it has been managing for around eight years. GOME said it would buy the whole of Beijing Dazhong from Beijing Zhansheng Investment Co Ltd in a deal set off against a 3.6 billion...

  • UPDATE 1-Hangzhou shows the way to China's new economy Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:17 AM ET

    *Zhejiang capital Hangzhou a high-tech and software sector. *Hangzhou is home to Alibaba, taxi app Kuaidi Dache. HANGZHOU, China, May 21- Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou, where a booming high-tech and software sector has fired up the local economy in defiance of a nationwide slowdown.

  • Hangzhou shows the way to China's new economy Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Zhejiang capital Hangzhou a high-tech and software sector. *Hangzhou is home to Alibaba, taxi app Kuaidi Dache. HANGZHOU, China, May 21- Signs that China's reforms may be paying off have sprung up in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou, where a booming high-tech and software sector has fired up the local economy in defiance of a nationwide slowdown.

  • SAO PAULO, May 19- Whirlpool Corp and Anheuser-Busch InBev on Tuesday started selling a countertop appliance that makes soda, juice and coffee with single-serve capsules, marking the start of a joint venture worth more than $70 million. Last year, the Coca-Cola Co invested an initial $1.25 billion in Keurig Green Mountain Inc as part of a plan to sell its soft...

  • M&A activity in Israel shifts beyond high tech Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    TEL AVIV, May 14- When one of China's biggest food companies was looking to boost its dairy output it turned to Israel's tiny market, paying about $1.1 billion for control of the country's largest food maker. Even though the company Tnuva is focused on the Israeli market, China's Bright Food was attracted to its efficiency in milk production and cutting-edge...

  • In recent years, Haier has bought New Zealand's Fisher& Paykel Appliances and Japan's Sanyo Electronics to compete against worldwide home appliances leader Whirlpool Corp and other global brands, including Electrolux AB. He is now driving production and sales at one of China's most successful consumer brands closer to customers, flattening the management...

  • *Beijing urging banks to support small businesses. BEIJING, April 30- Private entrepreneurs in China are voicing unprecedented criticism of government, encouraged by policies and rhetoric from Beijing emphasising support for the most productive sectors of the economy. In the past two weeks, Premier Li Keqiang has exhorted Chinese banks to cut their fees and...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- Whirlpool Corp posted a higher quarterly net income on Tuesday but lowered its profit forecast and sales outlook for 2015, predicting a significant drop in Latin American sales owing largely to Brazil's stagnating economy. In a conference call with analysts, Whirlpool said it has introduced price increases in a number of markets including...

  • Electrolux Q1 profit falls less than expected Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:32 AM ET

    Home appliances maker Electrolux reported a smaller-than-expected fall in first-quarter earnings on Friday.

  • TCL: Smart home tech due for a breakthrough Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:24 PM ET
    TCL: Smart home tech due for a breakthrough

    With various companies like Apple designing their products, smart home technology will mature in the coming years, says Tomson Li, chairman & CEO of TCL Corporation.

  • STOCKHOLM, April 8- White goods maker Electrolux said on Wednesday its North American appliances business would make an unexpected loss in the first quarter, partly due to costs related to adjustments to product lines in the region. Electrolux, a rival of Whirlpool Inc, makes nearly a third of its sales in North America and has been benefiting from firm demand in...

  • *Vestel says facing surge in mobile phone imports to Turkey. GENEVA, March 23- The European Union and Taiwan have said a bid by Turkish appliance manufacturer Vestel to get Ankara to impose emergency import tariffs on mobile phones would probably be illegal if it is approved, according to documents published on Monday. Turkey notified the World Trade...

  • Electrolux uses motor industry ideas in productivity push Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    *30 pct of production remains in Europe, North America. The Swedish group has called an end to major plant moves out of Europe and North America. American CEO Keith McLoughlin is using modularisation, a motor industry technique that has come late to home appliances, and Electrolux has recruited from the likes of Volkswagen AG.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- AO World, the British online retailer of domestic appliances that soared at its flotation a year ago, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Wednesday and saw its shares crash by 46 percent at the open. AO, which has also moved into Germany as part of a wider European expansion plan, said some of the revenue growth this time last year was due to the extra...