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  • NEW YORK, March 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Saturday signaled he plans to make more large acquisitions to expand a conglomerate that posted a record profit in 2013, helped by a recovering U.S. economy.

  • Berkshire Hathaway posts record profit in 2013 Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 1- Warren Buffett's conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway posted a record profit in 2013, jumping 31 percent over the previous year, the company said in its annual report, released on Saturday. Net income rose to $4.99 billion in the fourth quarter, or $3,035 per Class A share, from $4.55 billion, or $2,757 per share, a year earlier.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing Co Ltd and South Korean fashion conglomerate E. Land Group are separately exploring a deal for large U.S. apparel chain J. Crew Group Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- A five-year bull market may have finally outdueled one of the U.S. stock market's biggest bulls, and Warren Buffett will probably tell investors on Saturday that his 43- year run of beating the Street has come to an end.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta's stock market debut was clouded by political turmoil in Ukraine on Friday as investors reined in their exposure to Russian companies.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, part-owned by U.S. private equity firm TPG, on Friday set its planned London initial public offering at the lower end of a range netting around $1 billion for selling shareholders.

  • EXCLUSIVE-GE seeks buyer for fuel dispenser unit-sources Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 27- General Electric Co is preparing to sell its energy unit that makes fuel dispensers in a deal that is expected to fetch more than $500 million, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Wayne was part of Dresser Inc, the energy infrastructure company that GE bought in 2010 for $3 billion.

  • PARIS, Feb 24- French media group Vivendi confirmed on Monday it had been approached by cable group Altice over a tie-up between mobile operator SFR and cable firm Numericable, but said it had not yet received any formal offer.

  • DEALTALK-Greenberg channels Buffett in post-AIG comeback Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 19- Since his ouster from American International Group Inc in 2005, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg has been quietly building an insurance and investment conglomerate that people close to him describe as a mini version of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc..

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20- Commodity giant Wilmar International is using its buying clout to push suppliers to be greener, or else, setting up a battle with growers and governments that have profited from their environmentally damaging practices.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 18- Russian children's goods retailer Detsky Mir, owned by oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Sistema, is aiming to launch its planned London initial public offering in mid-March, two banking sources said on Tuesday.

  • Orders worth $20 billion are up for grabs in the competition between Pratt& Whitney and CFM International. In contrast, CFM, a joint venture between General Electric Co and Safran, has supplied the dominant engine on narrow-body, single-aisle planes, which are the best-selling Boeing Co and Airbus Group models.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 17- Argentine media conglomerate Grupo Clarin can break up its operations into distinct companies and avoid a forced dismantling to comply with a new media ownership law, the state media regulator said on Monday.

  • *In 2009, Goldman bought firm that once sold Iran uranium. LONDON, Feb 11- Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are quietly trying to get out of a business few people know they are even in: trading supplies of raw uranium known as yellowcake.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 7- Swiss industrial conglomerate ABB Ltd is seeking to divest several units whose sale could raise more than $1 billion in total proceeds, according to people familiar with the matter, joining a list of large companies looking to shed non-core businesses.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 6- Carlyle Group LP has agreed to buy Illinois Tool Works Inc's industrial packaging unit for $3.2 billion, the private equity firm's latest acquisition of a large unit being carved out of conglomerates.

  • Carlyle nears $3B deal for Illinois Tool unit Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 5:02 PM ET
    A sign for the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, in Washington, DC.

    Carlyle Group is close to reaching an agreement to buy Illinois Tool Works Inc's industrial packaging unit for more than $3 billion, sources said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 6- nPrivate equity firm Carlyle Group LP is close to reaching an agreement to buy Illinois Tool Works Inc's industrial packaging unit for more than $3 billion, and could announce the deal as soon as Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 6- Illinois Tool Works Inc is nearing a deal to sell its industrial packaging unit for more than $3 billion, with buyout firms Carlyle Group LP and Onex Corp competing in the final stretch of the auction, people familiar with the matter said. It could not be learned, however, if Illinois Tool Works has granted exclusivity to either bidder.

  • While parts of the business have passed through the hands of some of the most famous and infamous names in the raw materials markets, its core is comprised of two enterprises considered among the most successful of their time: Sempra Commodities and Bear Stearns' power and gas desk.