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  • LONDON, March 4- Britain agreed to sell its 40 percent stake in the Eurostar rail link for 585 million pounds to a consortium of Canadian public pension fund Caisse de Depot du Placement du Quebec and British asset manager Hermes. The government announced the deal for its stake in the high-speed rail link between Britain and continental Europe on Wednesday...

  • LONDON, March 4- Royal Bank of Scotland has yet to decide how many jobs it will cut at its investment bank after announcing a major downsizing of the business last week, its Chief Executive Ross McEwan said on Tuesday. RBS is shrinking its investment banking operations dramatically, pulling out of 25 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East while cutting jobs...

  • Oil and gas contractor Cal Dive files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:28 PM ET

    March 3- Offshore oil and gas contractor Cal Dive International Inc said the company and its U.S. subsidiaries filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection. Cal Dive's foreign units have not sought bankruptcy protection and will continue to operate outside of any reorganization proceedings, the company said on Tuesday. Cal Dive has been hurt by the slump in...

  • March 3- The operating unit of casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp unveiled its plan to cut $10 billion of debt and to exit Chapter 11 in a late Monday filing with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago and creditors, a process that can easily take a year. The plan was filed on Monday when the parent company Caesars...

  • March 3- U.S. retailer Target Corp, which has been battling back after a massive data breach and sluggish performance, on Tuesday said it will eliminate several thousand jobs, mainly from headquarters locations in the United States and India, as it aims to cut $2 billion in costs over two years. Target said the job cuts would primarily come from corporate locations...

  • Caesars' operating unit files bankruptcy exit plan Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    March 3- The operating unit of casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp unveiled its plan to cut $10 billion of debt and to exit Chapter 11 in a late Monday filing with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago and creditors, a process that can easily take a year or more. The plan was filed on Monday when the parent company Caesars...

  • March 3- Citigroup Inc said it has agreed to sell its consumer finance unit OneMain Financial Holdings Inc to subprime lender Springleaf Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash. The consumer finance company is part of Citi Holdings, which Citigroup created during the financial crisis to park assets that it wanted to eventually divest or wind down.

  • March 3- Citigroup Inc said it has agreed to sell its consumer finance unit OneMain Financial Holdings Inc to subprime lender Springleaf Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash. The sale of OneMain is a major step in the No. 3 U.S. bank's plan to sell unwanted assets and focus on wealthier clients. OneMain is part of Citi Holdings, which Citigroup created during the...

  • NXP-Freescale merger makes 'true powerhouse': CEO Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    NXP's acquisition of Freescale shows that semiconductors are a "consolidating industry," NXP CEO Rick Clemmer said.

  • March 2- A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that an elderly Manhattan woman's rent-stabilized lease could not be seized and sold to satisfy her creditors after she filed for bankruptcy, a decision that could affect more than 2 million New Yorkers. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mary Santiago-Monteverde's lease, which she has had for more than four...

  • PepsiCo to close Russian juice plant Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 9:13 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 2- PepsiCo Inc said on Monday it would close a juice plant outside Moscow as demand in Russia falls due to an economic slump and the Ukraine crisis. PepsiCo, the biggest fruit juice producer in Russia, said it would close a plant in the town of Ramenskoye which employs 400 staff and has more than 10 production lines. "From June 2015, juice production will be...

  • LONDON, March 2- GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis said on Monday they had completed a series of asset swaps worth more than $20 billion that will reshape both drugmakers. GSK is forming a consumer health joint venture with Novartis, while at the same time buying the Swiss company's vaccines business and divesting its cancer drugs portfolio to Novartis.

  • SINGAPORE, March 2- Malaysia Airlines is re-negotiating contracts, reviewing its fleet and routes, and identifying almost a third of staff to lay off as part of a state-led restructuring programme, owner Khazanah Nasional Bhd said on Monday. The sovereign wealth fund's update on Malaysian Airline System Bhd is the first since it took the carrier private in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Puerto Rico's debt-laden power authority, Prepa, said on Friday that it will hold off on presenting a restructuring plan as it tries to secure an extension of an agreement from creditors not to foreclose on its $9 billion in debt. The current agreement, which expires on March 31, had called for a deadline of this Monday for Prepa to unveil a proposal to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Puerto rico's debt-laden power authority, Prepa, said on Friday that it will hold off on presenting a restructuring plan to creditors as it continues to negotiate an extension of forbearance agreements with bondholders and lenders. The current agreement, which expires on March 31, had called for a deadline of this Monday for Prepa to unveil a...

  • Shares of the bank plunged 46.3 percent and were then halted on Friday, after the FDIC recalled a press release announcing that the bank was closed. The FDIC said the press release, announcing that it had been appointed as receiver to the bank, had been sent in error. Doral was closed by the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said on Friday Puerto Rico-based bank Doral Financial Corp was closed, and its business taken over by Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Shares of San-Juan, Puerto Rico- based lender Doral Financial Corp plunged 46.3 percent and were then halted on Friday, following a U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp recall of a press release announcing that the bank was closed. The FDIC said the press release, announcing that it had been appointed as receiver to the bank, had been sent in error.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 27- German utility RWE said on Friday that completion of the sale of its oil and gas unit DEA to Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman was imminent, following a media report that it would be concluded on Monday. The deal was first announced just under a year ago but ran into difficulties in being cleared in Britain in view of the economic sanctions imposed on...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British publisher Pearson forecast a return to earnings growth after two years of restructuring, helped by improved fortunes in North America where falls in college enrolments have started to ease. Pearson, the 171- year-old company which also owns the Financial Times newspaper, reported adjusted earnings per share of 66.7 pence in 2014. That...