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  • Canada's Quebecor's adjusted income rises 3.5 pct Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 6:29 AM ET

    March 11- Canadian telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly adjusted income, helped by strong demand in its telecommunications and media businesses. Adjusted income from continuing operations rose to C $50.3 million, or 41 Canadian cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from C $48.6 million, or 39...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 4- Malaysia's indebted and controversy-ridden state investor 1 MDB will be left as a skeletal structure and possibly dissolved under a debt repayment plan in which most of its assets will be sold, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The power and property fund, a pet project of Prime Minister Najib Razak with assets worth $14...

  • March 4- Warren Buffett telling the rest of us about the advantages of conglomerates is like Willie Mays arguing for the no-look-over-the-shoulder catch while running full speed. It can happen, and those who do it will command a premium, but your wealth or retirement should not depend upon it. So when Buffett, the man behind Berkshire Hathaway, the world's most...

  • *Honeywell to invest 50 bln naira in flourmill unit. LAGOS, March 2- Nigerian conglomerate Honeywell group plans to invest 150 billion naira over the next 2-3 years to fund growth across its businesses and will list one or two subsidiaries on the local bourse, its chairman said. Oba Otudeko told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit on Monday that Honeywell, with...

  • *Bidvest expects PIC to reject offer. *Bidvest offered 52 rand per share, or $515 mln. JOHANNESBURG, March 2- The chief executive of South Africa's Bidvest Group said his $515 million buyout offer for Adcock Ingram is likely to be rejected by a major shareholder, meaning the industrial conglomerate could end up with less than 100 percent.

  • NEW YORK, March 1- Greg Abel, the 52- year-old head of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is not unlike the company he oversees: like utilities themselves, he is reliable, hard-working- and usually in the background. Those traits could serve him well should he indeed succeed the iconic Buffett, who has headed the sprawling Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate for 50 years.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- In his 50 years at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Warren Buffett has transformed a failing textile company into a sprawling conglomerate that has vastly outperformed most of the rest of corporate America. Within 10 to 20 years, Buffett said, Berkshire's girth could require whoever then runs the Omaha, Nebraska- based company to consider steps...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- In his 50 years at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Warren Buffett has transformed a failing textile company into a sprawling conglomerate that has vastly outperformed most of the rest of corporate America. Within 10 to 20 years, Buffett said, Berkshire's girth could require whoever then runs the Omaha, Nebraska- based company to consider steps...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- Warren Buffett wants to buy more businesses to add to Berkshire Hathaway Inc's "sprawl," but cautioned it may not keep the company he has run for 50 years from evolving into something rarely used to describe it up until now: average. In his annual letter to shareholders, Buffett on Saturday said Berkshire's huge balance sheet gives him the power to...

  • Buffett says 'sprawl' is good, but may not be good enough Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 28- Warren Buffett wants to buy more businesses to add to Berkshire Hathaway Inc's "sprawl," but cautioned it may not keep the company he has run for 50 years from evolving into something rarely used to describe it up until now: average. In his annual letter to shareholders, Buffett on Saturday said Berkshire's huge balance sheet gives him the power to...

  • Feb 28- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday said fourth-quarter profit declined 17 percent as investment gains declined, but operating results improved. Net income fell to $4.16 billion, or $2,529 per Class A share, from $4.99 billion, or $3,035 per share, a year earlier. Quarterly operating profit rose 5 percent to $3.96 billion, or $2,412 per...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 27- Some staff at Indian conglomerate Sahara say they haven't been paid for several months, as the company tries to raise $1.6 billion to bail its boss Subrata Roy out of jail. Reuters interviewed 11 employees independently contacted in separate units in Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow this week, and found workers at what was once one of India's highest...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity." When Buffett releases this year's letter on Saturday, he may point to opportunities outside of the United States, after he recently decided to buy a German motorcycle accessories retailer and said he may shop more...

  • MILAN, Feb 24- Italian aerospace and defence group Finmeccanica has agreed to sell its rail business to Hitachi Ltd in a deal which will cost the Japanese conglomerate up to 1.9 billion euros and cut Finmeccanica's debt by 15 percent. For Hitachi the acquisition will give it a stronger foothold in Europe where it competes with the world's top three train makers-...

  • MILAN, Feb 24- Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica has agreed to sell its rail assets to Japan's Hitachi in a potential 1.9 billion euro deal that will cut its debt by 15 percent and help it to refocus on aerospace and defence. Hitachi, meanwhile, will gain a stronger foothold in Europe to compete with bigger rivals such as Germany's Siemens and France's Alstom,...

  • LONDON/ MILAN, Feb 23- Hitachi Ltd has agreed to buy Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica's rail and signal assets, sources close to the matter said, a deal expected to top $2 billion and give the Japanese firm a stronger foothold in Europe to compete with bigger rivals. For Hitachi, which relocated its rail division to London last year, the main focus of the deal is rail...

  • *Bidvest seeks role in pharmaceutical market. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 23- South African conglomerate Bidvest has offered about $515 million for the shares it does not already own in drugmaker Adcock Ingram in a new attempt to build a big presence in the pharmaceutical market. Bidvest already owns a 34.5 percent stake in the drugmaker, which it acquired a year ago,...

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. Russia denies it has troops in eastern Ukraine. However, even favoured "power ministries" are beginning to feel the pressure of Russia's economic crisis and Sergei Chemezov-- a key ally of Putin and...

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Sanctions imposed on Russia have had an impact on its defence industry, with the country planning to substitute all its current imports with home-made options by 2017, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. "Sanctions have given us a kick to produce our own," Sergei Chemezov told a news conference on the...

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. "It could shrink a bit, within 10 percent, but a decision is not yet made," Sergei Chemezov told a news conference on the sidelines of a defense conference in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab...