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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 22- U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday paused until January 12 its informal 180- day countdown for the review of the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc over delays in document submission.

  • Caesars Entertainment to buy affiliate Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Caesars Entertainment Corporation says it will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load. The Las Vegas casino giant says the merger with Caesars Acquisition Company will give it $1.7 billion in cash it needs to guarantee loans in a proposed bankruptcy deal it's pitched to creditors...

  • Fear factor fades as global M&A hits 7-year high Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    CEOs got their deal-making mojo back in 2014, emboldened by a clearer outlook for their businesses to take M&As to their highest level since 2007.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI, Dec 18- Two of Europe's top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany's Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources. Shares in Alcatel rose 8 percent following the report. Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia have held on-again,...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 16- Movie maker Lions Gate Entertainment Corp executives last summer tried to meet with Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai to discuss a possible merger or acquisition, according to emails found in documents stolen by hackers. Daniel Loeb, an investor who was pushing Sony to partially spin off its entertainment business, told Sony Corp of America...

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Dec 16- The battle for the assets cement firms Lafarge and Holcim must sell to get the go-ahead for their merger will likely be between three groups, several people familiar with the matter said. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim promised to sell overlapping assets worth about 12 percent of their combined revenues to secure European...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 15- European Union antitrust regulators on Monday approved the proposed merger of France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim to create the world's biggest cement maker after they promised to sell a swathe of overlapping assets. Holcim and Lafarge said the package, with the exception of a minor change in France, was about the same as that announced in...

  • Dec 11- Activist investor Starboard Value wants to merge office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Starboard, known for its aggressive shareholder activism, disclosed a 5.1 percent stake in Staples and boosted its holdings in Office Depot to nearly 10 percent, regulatory filings showed on...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 11- If you were looking for a sign that coal prices have finally bottomed out, then the ramping up of merger and acquisition activity is often a good indicator. In the past few days, a flurry of announcements have hit the headlines, including Anglo American's proposed sale of coal assets in Australia and South Africa, and Peabody Energy and...

  • Dec 10- Walgreen Co said Chief Executive Greg Wasson would retire and hand the reins on an interim basis to the head of Alliance Boots Holdings Ltd, a move that follows a series of events that has tested investor confidence in the U.S. drugstore chain. Walgreen said Wasson would step down shortly after it completes the purchase of the 55 percent it does not already...

  • Dec 10- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co said Chief Executive Greg Wasson would retire after the completion of the company's pending merger with Alliance Boots Holdings Ltd.. Walgreen shares were up 2.3 percent in extended trading. Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, would serve as acting CEO, Walgreen said.

  • Walgreen CEO to retire after Alliance Boots' merger Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    Dec 10- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co said Chief Executive Greg Wasson would retire after the completion of its pending merger with Alliance Boots Holdings Ltd.. Walgreen shares were up 2.1 percent in extended trading. Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, would serve as acting CEO, Walgreen said.

  • Sika execs against Saint-Gobain bid; Shares tank Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 11:07 AM ET
  • Hanwha Holdings to merge 2 solar units Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    The company said that its unit, Hanwha SolarOne Co Ltd, will buy another unit, Q Cells Investment Co Ltd, in an all-stock transaction valued at about $1.2 billion.

  • Dollar General trims sales guidance Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:43 PM ET
    A customer walks into a Dollar General store near Montpelier, Vermont.

    Dollar General reined in its full-year sales forecast and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores.

  • Dec 4- Dollar General Corp reined in its full-year sales forecast on Thursday and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores Inc, which would solidify its place as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer. Dollar General will lose its top position if it fails to upend a merger agreement between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Inc.. Dollar General took its $80-...

  • Dec 4- Dollar General Corp reined in its full-year sales forecast and said it remained committed to buying Family Dollar Stores Inc, a deal that would allow it to keep its position as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer. Dollar General will lose its top position if it fails to upend a merger agreement between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Inc.. Dollar General took its $80...

  • Dollar General acquisition would be a 'big deal'  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    The potential Dollar General purchase of Family Dollar would be a "big deal" in the retail space, especially for investors, says Patrick McKeever, managing director and senior equity analyst at MKM Partners.

  • *CNNC and CGN pooling resources to compete globally. Plans have already been submitted to the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission to merge the China National Nuclear Corporation with the China General Nuclear Power Corporation, said Xu Lianyi, a former government official and industry consultant. "The merger between CGN and CNNC...

  • Plans have already been submitted to the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission to merge the China National Nuclear Corporation with the China General Nuclear Power Corporation, said Xu Lianyi, a former government official and industry consultant. "The merger between CGN and CNNC is inevitable," said Xu, speaking on the sidelines of an...