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*Analyst values unit at about 2 bln stg. LONDON, Oct 22- Consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser is reviewing options for its pharmaceuticals unit, it said on Tuesday, effectively putting up for sale its prescription medicine for heroin addiction, which faces cheap, copycat competition.
Oct 21- Hasbro Inc, whose popular brands include Monopoly, Nerf and My Little Pony, on Monday reported a higher-than-expected profit for the third quarter as strong overseas demand helped the second-largest U.S. toy company offset weakness at home.
NEW YORK, Oct 18- Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Friday it had agreed to pay $1.26 billion for a 57 percent stake in privately held cellphone distributor Brightstar Corp as it looks to boost its bargaining power with handset makers.
LONDON, Oct 18- European shares rose to a five-year high on Friday after robust growth data from China boosted luxury goods and mining stocks, while good results from Accor helped raise the travel and leisure sector.
LONDON, Oct 18- European shares rose to a new five-year high on Friday after robust growth data from China boosted luxury goods and mining stocks, while good results from Accor helped to raise the travel and leisure sector.
*Anglo American falls after weak update. LONDON, Oct 18- European shares rose on Friday on the back of robust growth data from China boosted luxury goods and mining stocks and expectations the Federal Reserve will keep monetary stimulus in the United States unchanged for months.
The world's second biggest economy grew 7.8 percent in the third quarter as forecast by analysts, allaying concerns of a sharper slowdown, although China warned of slowing momentum in the fourth quarter.
TORONTO, Oct 17- Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd has signed a non-disclosure deal to examine the books of troubled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, quoting unnamed sources.
TAIPEI, Oct 17- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said its third-quarter net profit rose more than 5 percent from a year earlier, beating forecasts, as smartphone makers stocked up on chips for new devices launched during the period. TSMC will stage an investor conference at 0600 GMT on Thursday to give its outlook for the fourth quarter.
TOKYO, Oct 16- Japan's TDK Corp, an electronics parts maker that has struggled to make a profit while several of its peers grew rich in the smartphone boom, has found help rebuilding its fortunes with the rise of China's smartphone makers.
Oct 16- Mattel Inc topped Wall Street's profit estimates for the third quarter, benefiting from strong demand for its chubby-faced American Girl dolls and its Monster High line depicting the teen descendants of famous monsters.
*Deal for stake would be worth more than $1 billion- Nikkei. TOKYO, Oct 16- SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a stake in U.S. wireless device distributor Brightstar Corp that media reported could be worth more than $1 billion and boost its bargaining power with hardware suppliers.
NEW YORK, Oct 15- Petco Animal Supplies Inc and restaurant operator DineEquity Inc, the parent of Applebee's and IHOP, are among 33 companies moving medical coverage for their employees to a private exchange starting in 2014, a new sign of corporate America's shift away from directly providing benefits.
*Vodafone tells government it will raise local unit stake. NEW DELHI, Oct 15- Vodafone Group Plc has told the Indian government it plans to invest more than $2 billion in the country, a victory for a policy change designed to boost foreign interest and thin out the crowd of a dozen players in the mobile phone market.
Amazon has been quietly using Procter & Gamble warehouses as the online retailer makes a push into household products like shampoo and toilet paper, the WSJ reports.
FRANKFURT, Oct 13- China's Huawei, one of the world's largest telecoms network infrastructure providers, is not planning any large takeovers because it would be unable to integrate them, Deputy Chairman Guo Ping was reported as saying in German paper Welt am Sonntag.
*Sony to remain focused on Europe, Japan markets. TOKYO, Oct 11- Kazuo Hirai's plan to restore Sony Corp to lasting profitability rests in large part on its smartphones leapfrogging rivals to become the world's third-biggest sellers after the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy series.
TOKYO, Oct 11- Sony Corp will move cautiously in tackling key overseas smartphone markets such as the United States and China as it strives to become the third-biggest smartphone maker in the world, CEO Kazuo Hirai told journalists on Friday.
Wi-Lan, which has a string of patent lawsuits against smartphone makers, alleged in December last year that BlackBerry- then known as Research In Motion Ltd- had infringed a patent related to Bluetooth technologies.
SEOUL, Oct 9- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible- even unbreakable- screens.