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  • Oct 23- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc reported a 22 percent rise in quarterly profit due to strong demand for its sports footwear and outdoor apparel. The company, known for its Highlight football cleats and SpeedForm Apollo running shoes, said net income rose to $89.1 million, or 41 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30,...

  • UPDATE 1-Retailer Conn's says could sell itself Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    Oct 6- Electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc said it would consider selling itself as part of a review of strategic options. Shares of the company, which has a market capitalization of about $1.20 billion, were up 8 percent at $35.60 in premarket trading on Monday. Activist shareholder David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Inc and hedge fund Luxor...

  • Retailer Conn's says could sell itself Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Oct 6- Electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc said it would consider selling itself as part of a review of strategic options. Conn's, which also adopted a poison pill takeover defense, has engaged BofA Merrill Lynch as financial adviser and Vinson& Elkins LLP as legal counsel to assist in the process. Other options include separation of its retail and...

  • Farah left Ralph Lauren in May as executive vice chairman after serving as president and chief operating officer for nearly 14 years. Ralph Lauren's annual revenue more than tripled to $7.45 billion in 2014 from $1.95 billion in 2000 during Farah's tenure.

  • *Restructuring charges of 50 million euros through 2016. AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips, the Dutch conglomerate that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off its lighting business in a bold step to expand its higher-margin healthcare and consumer divisions.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120- year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15- billion euro business.

  • *Electrolux to issue shares after deal completed. STOCKHOLM, Sept 8- Sweden's Electrolux AB said on Monday it would double U.S. sales by paying $3.3 billion in cash for General Electric Co's appliances business in its biggest ever deal, giving it the scale to go head-to-head with larger rival Whirlpool.

  • NEW YORK/ STOCKHOLM, Sept 4- Sweden's Electrolux AB is near a deal to buy General Electric Co's iconic appliance business for more than $2.5 billion, in a move that would significantly expand its reach in North America, people familiar with the matter said. Representatives for GE and Electrolux declined to comment.

  • Aug 21- Home Depot Inc named retail industry veteran Craig Menear as its chief executive, four months after he was appointed as head of the home improvement chain's U.S. retail business. Menear, 56, joined Home Depot in 1997 as a merchandising manager.

  • JAKARTA/ PHNOM PENH, Aug 18- Labour leaders behind the biggest strikes in Cambodia's $5 billion garment industry knew last year they had a strong case for higher wages: they had already compared notes with activists in neighbouring countries.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- General Electric Co is in talks with Sweden's Electrolux AB and other parties to sell its household appliances unit, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Bloomberg News earlier reported that GE's appliances unit had drawn interest from Electrolux and consumer development startup Quirky.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson will sell half of his 27 percent stake in the yoga apparel maker to private equity firm Advent International for $845 million, as part of a deal in which Wilson agreed not to wage a proxy contest.

  • *Game Digital re-emerges after old firm nearly went bust. Although overall growth trends still firmly favor online shopping, higher share prices flag investor faith in chains such as UK video-game retailer Game Digital, electrical-appliance group Dixons, and Swiss Mobilezone.

  • Puma inks deal with Arsenal, throws a big party Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (L) celebrates with Olivier Giroud (R)

    Athletic shoemaker Puma teamed up with one of England's top-flight soccer clubs, Arsenal FC, to promote a sponsorship deal.

  • July 25- U.S. companies are reporting sluggish financial results in Latin America, showing the risks they face in relying on Brazil and other emerging markets in the region for growth. Several companies reported tepid performance in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, where some economists fear the country is on the verge of a recession.

  • *Caterpillar drags on Dow; Facebook at record on results. *Amazon shares fall after market's close; Baidu rallies. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stocks finished a quiet session mostly flat on Thursday as earnings painted a mixed picture of the economy, though the S&P 500 set another record closing high.

  • *Caterpillar drags on Dow; Facebook stock at record on results. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stocks ended a quiet session on Thursday as earnings painted a mixed picture of the economy, though the S&P 500 set another record closing high. Recent gains on Wall Street have been fueled by earnings, which have been strong this quarter.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as Caterpillar offsets Facebook Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    *Caterpillar weighs on Dow, Facebook hits record on results. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stocks barely budged on Thursday as corporate earnings painted a mixed picture of the economy, though the S&P 500 eked out a record intraday high for the third straight session.

  • July 24- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc raised its full-year sales forecast for the second time, citing "increased confidence" in its footwear and international businesses. Shares of Under Armour, which sponsored the 2014 U.S.

  • US STOCKS-Results, jobs data buoy Wall St, S&P eyes 2,000 Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 24- The S&P 500 hit a record high for a third straight session on Thursday, lifted by jobs data and earnings, but a weak reading in new home sales kept other key stock indexes little changed.