*Allianz sells Fireman's Fund personal lines to ACE Ltd.. FRANKFURT, Dec 18- German insurer Allianz on Thursday said it had agreed to sell its Fireman's Fund personal insurance business to insurer ACE for $365 million, freeing Allianz to focus on building its U.S. property and casualty operations. The deal clears up one of two problem areas for Allianz in the...» Read More
July 11- Crumbs Bake Shop Inc may get a second chance if a bankruptcy judge approves a deal for the owner of Dippin' Dots ice cream and the star of a reality television show to buy and reopen the U.S. cupcake chain, according to a court document.
U.S. generic drugmaker Mylan is said to be in advanced talks to buy a multibillion-dollar portfolio of established products from Abbott Laboratories.
*Lorillard market value is $22.9 bln. LONDON, July 11- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would include the sale of some brands to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, the companies said on Friday.
Reynolds American and Lorillard are agreeing a complex merger that will reshape Big Tobacco, bringing together the two biggest US operators.
LONDON, July 11- Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth-largest tobacco group, said on Friday it was in talks with Reynolds and Lorillard to acquire certain assets and brands that could be sold by the two companies. Reynolds and Lorillard are in advanced talks about a deal that would merge the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette makers, Reuters has previously reported.
LONDON, July 11- Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth-largest tobacco group, said on Friday it was in talks with Reynolds and Lorillard to acquire certain assets and brands that could be sold by the two groups. "Imperial would proceed with an acquisition only if its terms met strict transaction criteria," it said.
SEATTLE, July 10- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella deferred any comment on widely expected job cuts at the software company on Thursday, after circulating a memo to employees promising to "flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes."
BOSTON, July 10- Fidelity Investments, the No. 2 U.S. mutual fund company, told employees this week it will cut about 460 jobs, or 1 percent of its workforce, at its printing and mailing operations in Kentucky and Texas.
MOSCOW, July 10- Russian Industry Minister Denis Manturov supports returning indebted miner Mechel to financial health within the framework of bankruptcy law or by creating a managing company, RIA news agency reported on Thursday.
MEXICO CITY, July 9- Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim's plan to divest a chunk of his most valuable asset, phone company America Movil, could open Mexico's telecoms market as never before to rivals.
When Crumbs shuttered its remaining stores, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat.
MEXICO CITY, July 8- Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil said on Tuesday it is ready to divest assets in an unprecedented step to cut its market share in Mexican telecoms below 50 percent and escape the burden of tougher regulations.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 8- The judge in Stockton, California's bankruptcy on Tuesday ruled that the city has collateral worth $4.052 million with which it could pay holdout creditor Franklin Templeton, dismissing the city's contention its collateral was worthless.
NEW YORK, July 8- Cupcakes still lined the counter of an empty and unlit Crumbs Bake Shop on 42nd Street in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the largest U.S. cupcake retailer announced it was closing. Gina Mackey and Raquel Baquero of Queens stopped by the store after they heard the news that it would be closing.
JOHANNESBURG, July 8- Two unions representing some of Telkom SA's workers said on Tuesday they would take the South African landline provider to court over possible job losses.
NEW YORK, July 8- Brent crude fell for its seventh straight session, hitting a one-month low below $110 a barrel on Tuesday on improved prospects for a rise in Libyan oil exports and easing fears of supply disruption in Iraq.
LONDON, July 8- Brent crude fell to a one-month low below $110 a barrel on Tuesday on improved prospects for a rise in Libyan oil exports and easing fears of supply disruption in Iraq.
JOHANNESBURG, July 8- Two unions representing some of Telkom SA's workers said on Tuesday they would take the South African landline provider to court over possible retrenchments. The South Africa Communications Union said it believed Telkom was about to let go of about 9,000 of its 19,000 employees over the next six months, a claim the company said was untrue.
*Announces investments in Britain by Indian companies. MUMBAI, July 7- Britain's finance minister George Osborne praised India's new prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday for helping create a quick turnaround in investor sentiment, during a two-day trip aimed at opening up opportunities in defense and infrastructure.
July 7- Mining group Anglo American Plc has agreed to sell its stake in a cement venture to its French-based partner Lafarge SA for at least $1.5 billion, proceeds which will be used to cut debt as part of a broader restructuring.