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  • HOUSTON— Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products, the Texas company announced Friday. The 108- year-old company's production plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama have been closed since Blue Bell issued a full...

  • *Ukraine hopes for second $2.5 bln tranche of IMF aid. KIEV, May 15- Foreign creditors must agree to the "legitimate" deal offered by Ukraine in talks on restructuring some $23 billion worth of its debt, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday. "We ask, appeal and insist that external creditors appreciate the current situation and accept Ukraine's offer, which...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • May 14- Telecommunications tower operator Crown Castle International Corp said it would sell its Australian unit for about A $2 billion in cash to a group of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Crown Castle owns a 77.6 percent stake in the unit- Crown Castle Australia- which claims to be the largest independent tower operator in...

  • *Germany, Brazil, Latam grow but Spain still contracting. Having recently bought rivals in Germany and Brazil and agreed the sale of its British business O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa, Telefonica is now focused on fixing its domestic business, which has shrunk by 40 percent since 2009 and today accounts for just a quarter of revenues. Telefonica last month announced...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • May 13- Oilfield giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have fallen more than 40 percent since June. Houston- based Schlumberger also said last month that it plans to cut another 11,000 jobs, bringing the total job cuts...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, May 12- The Canadian and U.S. judges charged with dividing the $7.3 billion from the liquidation of Nortel Networks rejected proposals from former regional businesses and opted for a pro rata split of the money in long-awaited rulings on Tuesday. Judges on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware and Ontario Superior Court of Justice...

  • May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just 18 months after emerging from its previous Chapter 11, and said it was in negotiations with a potential buyer. The company listed assets and liabilities of more than $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition, which it filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Patriot Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 9:16 AM ET

    May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, less than two years after emerging from Chapter 11 protection.

  • LONDON, May 12- A committee of Ukraine's biggest creditors said on Tuesday it had delivered a new, detailed proposal to Kiev to strike a compromise between Ukraine's need to restructure debt and creditors objective to avoid a principal writedown. The ad-hoc creditor committee, which includes investment firm Franklin Templeton and represents investors...

  • Detroit delays bond sale related to bankruptcy exit Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Detroit is taking advantage of a new law that should give the bonds investment-grade ratings that could save the city between $20 million and $30 million over the life of the issue, according to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. Detroit privately placed $275 million of variable-rate bonds with Barclays Capital to finance its Dec. 10...

  • Strong U.S. dollar pressures jobs at exporters Friday, 8 May 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    The appreciation in the currency weighed on first quarter profits across corporate America, including at soft drink giant PepsiCo Inc and toothpaste producer Colgate-Palmolive. Steel, the rise in the value of the dollar reduced profits from its sales to Europe, while also making steel from South Korea more competitive abroad, helping to force layoffs of...

  • *Deal could grow by $500 mln to meet more Telefonica payments. HONG KONG, May 8- Hutchison Whampoa Ltd said it plans to sell a one-third stake in its British mobile phone business for $4.3 billion to five investors- a move that will help the Hong Kong ports-to-telecoms group fund its boldest bet in Europe yet. Hutchison, owned by billionaire Li Ka- shing, agreed in...

  • Citi sold its loan to Solus Alternative Asset Management, the sources said. Solus replaced Citi in an April 30 forbearance agreement with PREPA's lenders posted on the website of Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank. Citi's $146 million loan was part of a larger credit line of around $700 million, which PREPA uses to buy oil.

  • HONG KONG, May 8- Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to sell a one-third stake in its British mobile phone business for $4.3 billion to a group of investors including Singaporean and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth funds. Singapore's GIC Pte, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Brazilian investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual...

  • TORONTO, May 7- Canadian telecom company Manitoba Telecom Services Inc said on Thursday it would cut a quarter of its headcount within its Allstream division, reduce capital expenditures and slash its annual dividend following a strategic review. Low interest rates and a spiraling defined-benefit pension bill have stung the Winnipeg- based company, which...

  • *NAB plans to list Clydesdale Bank by end of year. SYDNEY/ LONDON, May 7- National Australia Bank plans to raise $4.4 billion from investors after being told by Britain's financial regulator to provide $2.6 billion in capital support to its UK business before a planned demerger. NAB said on Thursday it will sell between 20 to 30 percent of its British business, which...

  • PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, May 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its new $14 billion South Korean chip plant, which is expected to help drive growth as smartphone earnings slow, will start production sometime in the first half of 2017.. The world's No.2 chip maker by revenue did not specify what products will be made at the new production line, which will...

  • SYDNEY, May 7- National Australia Bank, the country's top lender by assets, on Thursday said it plans to raise A $5.5 billion in a rights issue as it looks to demerge and float its troubled British unit by the end of the year. NAB's UK business, which includes Yorkshire and Clydesdale bank branches, has been a persistent thorn in its side, with charges for bad and...