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  • Top 20 Beer Drinking Countries Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | 3:37 PM ET
    Even in times of global financial downturn, you can be sure of one thing people will continue to buy and consume: beer. It would take more than rising commodity costs and plummeting stocks to quench the hardy revelers of these 20 nations. (Ranked per capita.)

    It would take more than rising commodity costs and plummeting stocks to quench the hardy revelers of these 20 nations. (Ranked per capita.)

  • Europe's Striking Summer Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 8:32 AM ET

    Rising fuel and food costs, the threat of job losses and disputes over pensions and pay are just some of the factors that sparked thousands of disgruntled workers to take action this summer.

  • Fortis Profit Falls 50%, but Tops Forecast Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 5:35 AM ET
    Map of Europe

    Belgian-Dutch financial services group Fortis reported a better than expected quarterly net profit on Monday, which halved from a year earlier on writedowns that offset one-off gains.

  • ArcelorMittal Profit Jumps 51%, Topping Expectations Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 5:36 AM ET

    ArcelorMittal, the world's No. 1 steelmaker, reported second-quarter results far above analysts' expectations on Wednesday as it managed to pass on rising raw material costs despite the growing economic gloom.

  • Warren Buffett's Bud Beer Money: $2.5 Billion Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will get almost $2.5 billion in cash as part of InBev's now friendly $50 billion deal to acquire Anheuser-Busch.

  • Warren Buffett may be playing a role in turning what had been a bitter and nasty takeover battle for control of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch spacer into a friendly deal, according to this morning's New York Times.  Here's what he's been saying to CNBC about the situation.

  • Anheuser-Busch May Surrender to InBev: NYT Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 3:31 AM ET

    The Bud maker is in active talks to reach a friendly deal with InBev, people briefed on the matter said.

  • Anheuser-Busch Trashes InBev's Board Proposal Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 4:07 PM ET

    Anheuser-Busch on Monday slammed InBev's efforts to replace the U.S. beer company's board, but said it would be open to any proposal that provided "full and certain value" for shareholders.

  • InBev Seeks to Replace Anheuser-Busch Board Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    InBev upped the pressure on reluctant bid target Anheuser-Busch on Monday with a plan to replace the U.S. rival's board of directors that has rejected its $46.3 billion takeover offer.

  • Some Anheuser-Busch shareholders have filed lawsuits seeking to force the U.S. brewer to fairly consider the $46.3 billion takeover bid from InBev, according to court documents obtained by Reuters Tuesday.

  • SABMiller Held Talks with Modelo, InBev: Source Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 3:01 PM ET

    SABMiller, the world's largest brewer, has held informal discussions with Grupo Modelo and InBev to explore options including a merger of Modelo and SABMiller, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • S.Korea Lotte Buys Belgium's Guylian for $164 Million Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 12:23 AM ET

    South Korea's Lotte Confectionery will acquire Belgian chocolate maker Guylian for 105 million euros ($164 million), marking its debut in the European premium chocolate market, Lotte said on Monday.

  • Modelo CEO Resigns from Anheuser-Busch Board Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 10:38 AM ET

    Anheuser-Busch said Friday that Carlos Fernandez, chairman and chief executive of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, has resigned from the U.S. brewer's board of directors.

  • Readers' Bud Backlash: Back off, Europe Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 5:02 AM ET

    Morning Thoughts readers had plenty to say about the possibility that Belgium-based InBev could take over Anheuser-Busch and in turn a product many consider one of the symbols of America.

  • Will Bud Drinkers Buy into Belgium? Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    It's as American as the stars and stripes and apple pie – but if the speculation is right, Budweiser could be heading into European ownership.

  • Anheuser May Start Merger Talks with InBev Tuesday Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 5:13 AM ET

    Belgian brewer InBev, the world's second-biggest by volume, could start talks with rival Anheuser Busch on a possible merger bid Tuesday, according to a published report.

  • Anheuser-Busch May Get $46 Billion Bid: Source Friday, 23 May 2008 | 1:46 PM ET
    Anheuser Busch

    Belgian brewer InBev, the world's second-biggest by volume, is working on a $46 billion bid for Anheuser-Busch, a Financial Times report said.

  • Dexia Beats Forecasts, More Writedowns Possible Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 12:32 PM ET

    French-Belgian bank Dexia posted better than expected fourth quarter earnings on Friday as a good performance at its public finance division helped it shake off the impact of the credit crisis.

  • InBev, Anheuser-Busch Reportedly in Deal Talks Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 6:17 AM ET

    InBev, the world's second-largest beer producer by volume, and U.S. Anheuser-Busch  are in talks that could lead to a merger of the two, Belgian business magazine Trends said on Thursday.

  • Belgacom First-Half Beats Consensus, Raises Guidance Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 3:37 AM ET

    Belgium's dominant telecom operator Belgacom reported first-half results above market expectations on Friday and unexpectedly raised its 2007 financial guidance for both mobile and fixed-line revenues.