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  • *Costa to open five new stores in France. LONDON, April 29- Britain's Whitbread beat forecasts with a 16.5 percent jump in full-year profit and said it would expand its Costa Coffee chain in France after a trial showed strong demand.

  • French warn GE as Siemens plans Alstom hijack Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    GE chief executive, Jeff Immelt, met French officials Monday to discuss the U.S. company's bid for Alstom amid news of a rival bid from Siemens of Germany.

  • UPDATE 1-Detroit reaches labor deal with city unions Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    The agreement in principle covers the major aspects of labor contracts with the city's largest union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and 13 other bargaining units, said the mediators, who were appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing Detroit's historic municipal bankruptcy.

  • April 27- German drugmaker Bayer AG is exploring the sale of its $10 billion plastics unit to focus on growing its health business, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • April 25- A committee created by a U.S. bankruptcy court to represent Detroit's retired workers said on Friday it reached an agreement in principle with the city over pensions and healthcare, potentially giving the city a key ally.

  • April 25- A committee created by a U.S. bankruptcy court to represent Detroit's retired workers said on Friday it reached an agreement in principle with the city over pensions and healthcare.

  • April 25- A committee created by a U.S. bankruptcy court to represent Detroit's retired workers said on Friday it reached an agreement in principal with the city over pensions and healthcare.

  • NEW YORK, April 25- Texas power company Energy Future Holdings is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as Monday evening, sources close to the situation said on Friday, as it struggles to pay its hefty debt load of more than $40 billion because of cheap electricity prices.

  • NEW YORK, April 25- Texas power company Energy Future Holdings is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as Monday evening, sources close to the situation said on Friday, as it struggles to pay its hefty debt load of more than $40 billion because of cheap electricity prices.

  • Union plus Rustenburg mines could sell for $1- 2 bln- analysts. LONDON/ JOHANNESBURG, April 25- If Anglo American pushes ahead to divest underperforming platinum assets, a sale to a small South African company that specialises in squeezing profit out of mines nearing the end of their lives is seen as the most likely option.

  • NEW YORK, April 25- Leading Texas power company Energy Future Holdings is expected to file for bankruptcy as early as Monday evening, sources close to the situation said on Friday, as it struggles to pay its hefty debt load of more than $40 billion because of cheap electricity prices.

  • NEW DELHI, April 24- Nokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft.

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Detroit's future once it exits the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history will depend on oversight, the city's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and retreating to an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan.

  • UPDATE 1-Zynga's Pincus withdraws further from operations Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday, taking on an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan.

  • Zynga's Pincus withdraws further from operations Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus will relinquish the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting Wednesday, taking on an advisory role as Chief Executive Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan.

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- U.S. arms makers complain regularly that lower Pentagon spending on ships, jets and other hardware will hit their earnings, but a string of better-than-expected results this week show that layoffs and cost-cutting have kept profits flowing, and growing.

  • April 22- Darden Restaurant Inc will have to call a shareholder meeting to vote on Starboard Value LP's proposal to delay the company's plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain, after the activist investor secured the support of a majority of the company's shareholders.

  • Top L.A. bankruptcy law firm to close doors Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    April 22,- The well-known Los Angeles- based bankruptcy law firm Stutman Treister& Glatt, which once advised on the Chapter 11 proceedings of companies including Lehman Brothers and Enron Corp, has announced it is closing.

  • Goldman buys Westpeak in drive for 'smart beta' assets Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 22- Goldman Sachs Group Inc's asset-management business has agreed to buy Westpeak Global Advisors, a firm that aims to beat market indexes by using factors other than company size to pick stock investments.