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  • EU antitrust body OKs Liberty Global's Dutch deal Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority has granted conditional approval to Liberty Global PLC's proposed 10 billion-euro deal to fully take over Dutch cable operator Ziggo NV. The EU Commission said Friday the acquisition may go ahead provided Liberty sells one pay TV channel and changes its broadcaster contracts to ensure it won't abuse its...

  • *No EU concerns about Eli Lilly, Novartis deal. In contrast, U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly's proposed $5.4 billion takeover of Swiss peer Novartis's animal health business triggered no such worries and will be cleared unconditionally, the sources said. Eli Lilly is buying the Novartis unit to strengthen and diversify its Elanco unit.

  • EU questions Ireland's tax deal with Apple Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 30- European Union antitrust regulators have asked Ireland to provide details of its tax arrangements with Apple in 1990 and 2007, warning that they could amount to illegal state aid which may be recovered from the U.S. company.

  • Sept 26- Family Dollar Stores Inc said certain state attorneys general have notified the company that they will investigate larger rival Dollar General Corp's takeover bid over competitive concerns. Family Dollar spurned Dollar General's sweetened $9.1 billion all-cash bid earlier this month, saying the offer still did not address antitrust concerns.

  • BEIJING, Sept 28- Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella promised to cooperate fully with Chinese authorities in their antitrust investigation into his company during a meeting with a top regulator in Beijing, the Chinese government said.

  • Family Dollar: States probing Dollar General bid Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    A Family Dollar store on July 28, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida.

    Family Dollar Stores Inc said certain state attorney generals have notified it that they will investigate Dollar General Corp's takeover bid.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 25- Thousands of tiny shops in India's biggest auto components market do brisk business selling a bewildering array of spare parts for about a third of the official price charged by the likes of Toyota Motor Co or Volkswagen AG.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 25- Thousands of tiny shops in India's biggest auto components market do brisk business selling a bewildering array of spare parts for about a third of the official price charged by the likes of Toyota Motor Co or Volkswagen AG.

  • Shhhh! Tech and DC lobbyists quietly shack up Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (3R) and Vice President Joe Biden meet with executives from leading technology companies, including Apple, Twitter, and Google in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on December 17, 2013 in Washington.

    Silicon Valley’s relationship with Washington is becoming much cozier, but the tech industry is not eager to show it. NYT reports.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 23- Margrethe Vestager says that neither "loud people" in business and government nor "anti-Americanism" will sway her rulings on antitrust cases when she becomes the European Union's new competition commissioner.

  • Google poised for antitrust war     Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    The latest in Google's 4-year battle to defend itself in an EU antitrust case.

  • Sept 22- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit against Sysco Corp's $3.5 billion deal to buy debt-ridden US Foods from private equity, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • China takes anti-corruption drive overseas Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:58 PM ET

    The anti-corruption campaign which has swept across China in the last two years has gone global. The Financial Times reports.

  • Martin Sorrell

    China's clampdown on corruption and extravagance has benefited the world's largest advertising agency, WPP's CEO told CNBC.

  • 'Mr. Confession' drives China's antitrust crusade Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 7:34 PM ET
    The Qualcomm booth at the 2014 International CES.

    NDRC's direction of investigations has drawn heavy criticism from foreign officials and the overseas business community.

  • BEIJING, Sept 16- A signboard at the top of a staircase in the ageing Beijing offices of the National Development and Reform Commission directs lawyers and company officials to numbered conference rooms for antitrust meetings.

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has written to the Chinese government warning that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign companies could have serious implications for U.S.- China relations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 11- European Union antitrust regulators approved on Thursday British broadcaster BSkyB's planned $9 billion takeover of Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, which will make it the biggest pay-TV provider in Europe. The merged company will have operations in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

  • BEIJING, Sept 11- China's three anti-monopoly regulators on Thursday launched a vigorous defence of their recent investigations into foreign companies, which have prompted mounting international criticism, and said they are not targeting multinational firms.

  • Xu also said that the NDRC's investigation of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc was "basically done" and that Qualcomm President Derek Aberle would meet with the regulator on Friday. On Wednesday, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez spoke publicly about reports of China's enforcement of its anti-trust law and its investigation of Qualcomm.