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  • Nov 4- A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Pershing Square Capital Management and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to vote at an Allergan Inc shareholder meeting where they are seeking to remove six of nine Allergan board members as part of a hostile takeover attempt. The companies offered in April to buy Allergan in a cash-and-stock bid...

  • Nov 4- Office supply retailer Office Depot Inc's quarterly profit and sales beat market estimates, driven by cost cuts and higher-than-expected savings from the acquisition of OfficeMax Inc.. Office Depot also said it now expects the cost benefits of the OfficeMax acquisition to more than offset weak sales trends for the rest of the year and an increase in...

  • ROME, Nov 4- Shareholders in GTECH on Tuesday approved the Italian lottery group's takeover of U.S. slot-machine maker International Game Technology, a tie-up aimed at creating a global gaming company to be listed on Wall Street. The new entity will have more than $6 billion in pro-forma revenues, GTECH said in July when it announced the $4.7 billion acquisition...

  • Nov 4- Office supply retailer Office Depot's quarterly profit and sales beat market estimates, driven by cost cutting initiatives and higher-than-expected savings from the acquisition of OfficeMax Inc.. Office Depot said on Tuesday that it still expects 2014 sales to be lower than 2013, while Staples warned in August that third-quarter sales could fall as...

  • Nov 3- Botox maker Allergan Inc, which is fending off an acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc, said on Monday that it had been approached by another party regarding a potential transaction. Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management, which owns nearly a 10 percent stake in Allergan, made an offer now worth $55 billion for Allergan at the end of April.

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and Internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 3- Turkey's largest food group Yildiz Holding has bought UK- based cookies and snacks maker United Biscuits, in a deal it said made it the world's third-biggest biscuit maker and would help it expand into new markets. "We want to grow United Biscuits to be a global player as part of Yildiz," said Murat Ulker, chairman of Yildiz Holding.

  • Nov 3- Allergan Inc, which is fending off an acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc, said on Monday that it had been approached by another party regarding a potential transaction. Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management made an offer, now worth $55 billion, for Allergan at the end of April. Pershing Square owns nearly a 10 percent stake in Allergan.

  • *Offer represents premium of 32 pct to Covance's Friday closing. *Covance up 25 pct, LabCorp down 8 pct on NYSE. Nov 3- Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, a major provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy Covance Inc for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to expand into the contract clinical trial business.

  • Nov 3- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it did not expect to complete its acquisition of US Foods Inc this year and it was still in talks with U.S. antitrust regulators to secure an approval for the deal. Shares of Sysco, which also reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and profit, fell 3 percent in early trading. Sysco said in December 2013 that it would buy...

  • *To pay $107 mln for additional stake. FRANKFURT, Nov 3- European broadcaster RTL Group is buying control of online fashion channel StyleHaul, stepping up its involvement in Google's YouTube platform in the race to reach younger audiences less attracted to traditional media. Earlier this year, Walt Disney Co agreed to pay as much as $950 million to buy Maker...

  • Nov 3- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it did not expect to complete its acquisition of US Foods Inc this year and it was still in talks with U.S. antitrust regulators to secure an approval for the deal. Sysco said in December 2013 that it would buy US Foods for about $3.5 billion from its private equity owners, including KKR& Co.. Sysco also reported on Monday...

  • LISBON, Nov 3- Telecoms group Altice SA has made a bid worth 7.03 billion euros for the Portuguese operations of Brazil's Oi as Oi unwinds its troubled merger with Portugal Telecom. Oi's new interim chief executive, Bayard Gontijo, said last month that the company could sell Portuguese assets acquired with its takeover of Portugal Telecom in order to pay down...

  • UPDATE 1-LabCorp to buy Covance for $6.1 bln Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    Nov 3- Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, a major provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy Covance Inc for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to expand into the contract clinical trial business. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each share held. The enterprise value of the deal is about $5.6...

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • Nov 2- Altice SA said it made a fully financed offer to buy the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom from Oi SA. "These assets comprise the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa and excludes Portugal Telecom's Rio Forte debt securities, Oi treasury shares and Portugal Telecom financing vehicles," Altice said. It said the offer values the assets...

  • Oct 31- Dollar General Corp extended for the second time its tender offer to acquire shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc, as less than 4 percent of Family Dollar's shares had been tendered so far. Family Dollar, which has spurned Dollar General's takeover approaches twice, citing anti-trust concerns, has been pushing for a lower cash-and-stock deal from Dollar...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Media General Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy LIN Media LLC after agreeing to divest television stations in five markets, the Justice Department said on Thursday. To win government approval for the deal, the companies agreed to sell one station in Birmingham, Alabama, two in Savannah, Georgia, one near Alabama's border with Florida, one...

  • Oct 30- ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil company, reported higher third-quarter profit on Thursday, lifted by the sale of its Nigerian business. Profit rose to $2.7 billion, or $2.17 per share, from $2.5 billion, or $2.00 per share, in the 2013 third quarter. Surmont is an oil sands project in Canada and APLNG is a liquefied natural gas project in...

  • Oct 28- U.S. government contractor Engility Holdings Inc, said it would buy privately held TASC, a provider of professional services to government agencies, for about $1.1 billion, including debt. Engility's shares rose 4.2 percent in extended trading on Tuesday. "TASC has a substantial presence in the Intelligence Community, Space and other markets in which...