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  • *Germany's DAX share index sets new record high. *Royal Bank of Scotland falls after reporting losses. Germany's DAX set a new life-time high, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 and the broader STOXX 600 share indexes climbed to their highest level in more than seven years, and France's CAC touched its highest level since mid-2008.

  • The company, which co-owns Coke bottler Coca-Cola Femsa and operates the Oxxo chain of convenience stores, reported a profit of 7.254 billion pesos, compared to 4.988 billion pesos in the year-earlier period. Revenue was flat at 70.156 billion pesos, partly reflecting a negative foreign exchange impact from Coca-Cola Femsa's business in Venezuela.

  • European stocks set new multi-year highs, InBev helps Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    *Royal Bank of Scotland fall after reporting losses. LONDON, Feb 26- Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs on Thursday, with the world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev leading the food and beverages sector higher after announcing a sharply higher dividend and a share buyback plan. Belgium- based InBev rose 3.2 percent after...

  • The company, which co-owns Coke bottler Coca-Cola Femsa and operates the Oxxo chain of convenience stores, reported a profit of 7.254 billion pesos, compared to 4.988 billion pesos in the year-earlier period. Revenue was flat at 70.156 billion pesos, partly reflecting a negative foreign exchange impact from Coca-Cola Femsa's business in Venezuela.

  • *Sees better industry volumes in U.S., Mexico, China. LEUVEN, Belgium, Feb 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, announced a sharply higher dividend and a $1- billion share buyback on Thursday, promising increased investor returns in years ahead. The cash-rich, Belgium- based company proposed a total dividend of 3.00 euros for 2014, a jump from 2.05...

  • *Sees better industry volumes in U.S., Mexico, China. BRUSSELS, Feb 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, announced a sharply higher dividend and a $1- billion share buyback on Thursday. The cash-rich, Belgian-based company proposed a final dividend of 2.00 euros, bringing its total payout for 2014 to 3.00 euros, from 2.05 euros for 2013. Analysts had...

  • Neuroscientists bottle brain power  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    TruBrain founder Chris Thompson says his start-up has created the first energy-drink designed to give a boost to your brain. Will the drink quench the "Power Pitch" panel's thirst, or leave a bad taste in their mouths?

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 25- SodaStream International, the Israeli at-home soda machine maker, reported higher quarterly profit that beat estimates on Wednesday, as lower expenses offset a drop in revenue amid shrinking U.S. demand. SodaStream earned 35 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter excluding one-time items such as restructuring costs, up from 3 cents a...

  • Health-conscious Chinese challenge Western food firms Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    *Analysts see nutrition as selling point in China. LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Feb 25- Chen Chen, a 27- year-old financial analyst in Shanghai, has cut back on bottled milky tea in favour of fresh-squeezed juices. Packaged food makers such as Nestle, Danone, PepsiCo and General Mills enjoyed fast growth in China as middle class consumers opted for convenience foods.

  • Drop in soup sales dents Campbell's profit Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— Campbell Soup said Wednesday its quarterly profit tumbled 36 percent as sales of its canned soups and vegetable juice fell. The company, whose brands include V8 juice, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, has been struggling as Americans migrate toward foods they feel are fresher or more wholesome. More broadly, Campbell CEO Denise...

  • Boston Beer misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON _ Boston Beer Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $19.1 million. Boston Beer expects full-year earnings to be $7.10 to $7.50 per share. Boston Beer shares have risen slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Global dairy crisis simmers as supply overwhelms Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 3:00 PM ET

    China was one of the world's fastest-growing dairy markets, but consumption there has dried up after earlier high prices cut domestic demand, leaving excess stocks of imported milk powder. "It might be another six months before it improves," said Susan Kilsby, dairy analyst at NZX Agri, noting there should be a seasonal rise in milk production in the European Union,...

  • Carlsberg hit by drop in beer sales in Russia amid crisis Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:41 AM ET

    The Copenhagen- based company said Wednesday that revenue fell to 14.3 billion kroner from 15.2 billion kroner a year ago. Carlsberg expects sales in western Europe and Asia to continue develop positively, while currency devaluation both in Russia and Ukraine will put "significant pressure" on its performance this year. The company owns a range of brands...

  • UPDATE 2-New Carlsberg CEO to inherit Russian problems Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:29 AM ET

    *New CEO has experience in Asia, growth market for brewer. COPENHAGEN, Feb 18- Danish brewer Carlsberg named a new chief executive on Wednesday and warned that problems in Russia and Ukraine would weigh on earnings again this year. For seven years Rasmussen has fought a tough battle as sales in Russia, Carlsberg's main market after the acquisition of the Baltika...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Craft beer breweries are gaining popularity in central Arkansas, as the state catches up with a national obsession with craft beers. And the area's close-knit and growing brewing community is already looking for ways to promote its offerings to residents and tourists, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday. There are eight native...

  • Pernod CFO: China slowly improving  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    How will Pernod Ricard address the China slowdown? Gilles Bogaert, CFO of Pernod Ricard, says things are gradually improving, while adding how they hope to address this for the better.

  • *PepsiCo climbs after results, Wal-Mart off on Canada plans. NEW YORK, Feb 11- The S&P 500 index finished unchanged on Wednesday as investors were reluctant to make big bets while they waited for the outcomes of major talks involving Greece and Ukraine, but Apple helped boost the Nasdaq after an activist investor's bullish comments. Adding to the market's...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 11- Colombia's financial regulator has approved a deal under which local soft drinks maker Postobon will produce and sell Heineken beer in the Andean country through a partnership with Heineken's affiliate in Chile, the Compania Cervecerias Unidas. Postobon, Colombia's biggest non-alcoholic distributor and Chilean brewer and bottler...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stocks edged lower on Wednesday as investors worried about how much risk they should take on while they waited for the outcomes of major talks involving Greece and Ukraine. Adding to the market's uncertainty, the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine began peace talks in Belarus, while in Ukraine pro- Moscow separatists tightened the...

  • Feb 11- PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by increased sales at its Frito-Lay snack business, and said it would buy back up to $12 billion in stock by 2018.. The company also raised its annual dividend by 7.3 percent to $2.81 per share and said it expected to return $8.5 billion to $9 billion to shareholders through...