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  • Sept 24- Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc said it expects profitability to improve this fiscal year as it focuses on trimming operating costs.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- A former executive at a New York investor relations firm, whose barefoot dash from news photographers last month caught the attention of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to insider trading.

  • Babak "Bobby" Yazdani, who founded Saba in 1997 and resigned as chief executive in March 2013, was not charged with misconduct over the scheme, which involved falsified time-sheets by consultants at an Indian subsidiary, the SEC said.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 24- A former executive at a New York investor relations firm, whose barefoot dash from news photographers last month caught the attention of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to insider trading.

  • U.S. companies' borrowing to spend on capital investment rose in August, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said. Washington- based ELFA, a trade association that reports economic activity for the $827 billion equipment finance sector, said credit approvals totaled 79.5 percent in August, down slightly from 80.3 percent in July.

  • Facebook to introduce new advertising platform -WSJ Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 PM ET

    Sept 22- Facebook Inc is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter. The product is a redesigned version of Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad management and measurement platform that Facebook bought from Microsoft Corp last year.

  • UPDATE 1-Alliance Data to buy Conversant for $2.3 bln Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    Sept 11- Credit card processor Alliance Data Systems Corp said it will buy Conversant Inc for about $2.3 billion in cash and stock to boost its digital marketing business. The $35 per share offer comprises $16.80 in cash and the rest in stock, based on a fixed exchange ratio, Alliance Data said.

  • Alliance Data to buy Conversant for $2.3 bln Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    Sept 11- Credit card processor Alliance Data Systems Corp said it will buy digital marketing company Conversant Inc for about $2.3 billion in cash and stock. Alliance Data will acquire Conversant for $35 per share. The deal is expected to close by year end.

  • *Comes after a string of disappointing Tokyo debuts. TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's largest recruitment company Recruit Holdings said it is planning an initial public offering worth $1.8 billion, which will test investor appetite for big Tokyo listings after some weak debuts this year.

  • Japan staffing firm Recruit plans IPO worth $1.8 bln Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's largest recruitment company Recruit Holdings Co Ltd said it is planning an initial public offering worth 193 billion yen, one of the biggest listings in the country this year. Keen to offset a shrinking market in Japan, it has snapped up a slew of foreign companies in recent years, including online job search site Indeed.com.

  • *Facebook to open Africa office in 2015. Knowing that there is all these people now in Africa that you can connect with, that is exciting as well, "said Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • PARIS, Aug 29- French advertising agency Havas saw organic sales growth accelerate in the second quarter to hit 8 percent compared with the same period last year, outperforming larger rivals such as Omnicom and WPP.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged an executive of a New York investor relations firm with insider trading, accusing him of using nonpublic information to earn more than $538,000 in illicit profits.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged an employee of a New York investor relations firm with insider trading, accusing him of using nonpublic information to earn more than $538,000 in illicit profits.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- WPP, the world's largest advertising company, said tensions between Russia and the West were likely to dampen merger and acquisition activity, prompting its clients to spend more on their brand image instead.

  • Amazon developing ad software: Report Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Amazon is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Aug 22- Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 21- Canadian farmers are on course to produce less wheat and canola than expected, according to Statistics Canada's first report on the 2014 harvest. "I think the trade is going to view this report as fairly friendly," said Dave Reimann, market analyst for Cargill Ltd's grain marketing services division.

  • Aug 15- Deloitte LLP's Chief Executive Officer Joe Echevarria plans to retire later this month to follow his interest in public service, the accounting and consulting firm said on Friday. Deloitte LLP is the member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company. Subsidiaries of Deloitte LLP include audit firm Deloitte& Touche LLP.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 14- More wealthy Chinese are moving their money out of China to invest in Australia's property market as a corruption crackdown in the world's second biggest economy gathers momentum, property consultants and lawyers said.