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  • Oct 24- Banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc said it would start takeover talks with Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group after its shareholders voted against a proposed merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc. Fyffes' shares fell 5 percent to 94 euro cents in Dublin after the collapse of the deal, which would have created a company domiciled in...

  • Oct 24- Banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc said it would start takeover talks with Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group after its shareholders voted against its proposed merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc. Fyffes' shares were down 9 percent at 90 euro cents in Dublin. Fyffes and Chiquita said recently that the implied value of their potential...

  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    LONDON- European shares slip and the euro hit a one-week low as reports that at least 11 banks could fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend offset hopes of corporate bond buying by the ECB. MADRID/ VIENNA- The European Central Bank cautions against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report says at least 11 banks have...

  • Ingersoll-Rand tops Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    CO. DUBLIN, Ireland _ Ingersoll-Rand PLC on Wednesday reported profit of $291.3 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.04 per share. Ingersoll-Rand expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.20 to $3.24 per share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez for three months led the charge to buy Dublin drugmaker Shire for $55 billion, only to walk away from the deal last week, but analysts and fund managers said he deserves credit for trying and should remain at the helm of the Chicago drugmaker. Investors were given no advance warning on Thursday, when...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez for three months led the charge to buy Dublin drugmaker Shire for $55 billion, only to walk away from the deal last week, but analysts and fund managers said he deserves credit for trying and should remain at the helm of the Chicago drugmaker. Investors were given no advance warning on Thursday, when...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez for three months led the charge to buy Dublin drugmaker Shire for $55 billion, only to walk away from the deal last week, but analysts and fund managers said he deserves credit for trying and should remain at the helm of the Chicago drugmaker. Investors were given no advance warning on Thursday, when...

  • Oct 20- Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Arysta LifeScience Ltd for about $3.51 billion, Platform's third acquisition this year as the company looks to strengthen its agrichemicals business. More than 65 percent of Arysta's sales are in high-growth regions such as Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, China and South Asia.

  • Rules vary about travel to countries hit by Ebola Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. No direct flights from the three affected countries to London's...

  • Chiquita rejects offer from Safra and Cutrale Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Chiquita says it is rejecting a new buyout offer from two Brazilian companies and will go ahead with its plan to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. Chiquita says the offer from investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group isn't high enough and the Fyffes deal will bring more value to shareholders. Safra and Cutrale initially...

  • *Ireland to lead peripheral economies. Oct 16- It is still unclear whether the European Central Bank's stimulus measures will have a material impact on inflation, according to economists in a Reuters poll, who said sovereign debt purchases could help boost the euro zone economy. The currency bloc is stuck in a quagmire of weak growth and falling inflation with...

  • *AbbVie board recommends shareholders vote against deal. *AbbVie to pay Shire $1.64 bln break fee if deal collapses. LONDON, Oct 16- U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has pulled the plug on its plan to buy Dublin- based Shire, recommending shareholders vote against the planned $55 billion takeover following new U.S. tax rules.

  • *AbbVie board recommends shareholders vote against deal. *AbbVie to pay Shire $1.64 bln break fee if deal collapses. LONDON, Oct 16- U.S. pharmaceutical company AbbVie has pulled the plug on its plan to buy Dublin- based drugmaker Shire, recommending shareholders vote against the planned $55 billion takeover following new U.S. tax rules.

  • Gov. to French, Irish: Don't mess with our tobacco Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— In a trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina's governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as "beer?" "Plain packaging laws are a direct assault on intellectual property and trademarks," he says in the Oct. 6 letter to Gerard Araud, France's ambassador...

  • EU orders Ryanair to repay aid to German airport Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    DUBLIN— The European Union's executive Commission has ordered Ryanair to repay more than 300,000 euros provided by a German airport to sustain the Irish airline's business, ruling it amounted to illegal state aid. Ryanair says it plans to appeal Wednesday's judgment that the airline exploited tiny Leipzig-Altenburg Airport in eastern Germany with a 2010...

  • Portugal to stick with austerity program in 2015 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Portugal's government is extending into 2015 the main features of its unpopular austerity program, resisting the temptation to sweeten its policies for an election year as it battles to restore the weakened country's financial health. Portugal is still recovering from near-bankruptcy in 2011, when it needed a 78 billion euro...

  • Oct 14- AbbVie Inc said it intends to reconsider its recommendation to its shareholders to vote in favor of the 32 billion pound merger with Shire Plc due to the changing U.S. tax regulations. Chicago- based AbbVie, which makes top-selling arthritis drug Humira, is eager to buy Shire to reduce its U.S. tax bill by moving its tax base to Britain and to diversifying its...

  • *Ireland to end tax regime that saved multinationals billions. DUBLIN, Oct 14- Ireland will phase out a tax loophole that multinationals use to save billions of dollars under sweeping changes to its corporate tax structure announced in Tuesday's budget, the first in seven years without new austerity measures. Ireland, which left a European Union/ IMF bailout...

  • Irish tax changes may cost U.S. groups billions Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Brussels investigating schemes involving minimal tax. LONDON, Oct 14- Ireland's plan to close a "Double Irish" tax loophole could cost U.S. companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars, although a new break and pressure to tackle tax avoidance elsewhere means they are unlikely to decamp. Ireland has been an attractive base for U.S. multinationals for...