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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit to block National CineMedia Inc's proposed $375 million acquisition of smaller rival Screenvision LLC, a deal that would significantly concentrate a niche advertising market. National CineMedia's shares were down 22 percent on Monday, after being halted prior to the Justice...

  • *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...

  • 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...

  • *Disposals needed for regulatory approval of Lafarge merger. ZURICH, Nov 3- Switzerland's Holcim has received more than 60 bids for assets it must sell to win regulatory approval for a merger with Lafarge, the cement company said as it reported third-quarter results that missed expectations. Sales and profit were hurt by a weaker than expected recovery in...

  • *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...

  • Labcorp gets into drug research with Covance deal Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Laboratory Corp. of America said it would buy contract research company Covance for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock.

  • UPDATE 2-Holcim profit hit by weak Europe and forex Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 2:49 AM ET

    ZURICH, Nov 3- Swiss building materials group Holcim posted a drop in quarterly sales and profits on Monday as a recovery in India following May's elections failed to offset foreign exchange headwinds and weakness in Europe and Latin America. The group, which is in the process of merging with France's Lafarge, reported higher sales in markets such as the United...

  • PARIS, Nov 3- Publicis, the world's third-largest advertising holding company, has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accelerate growth after a botched merger earlier this year. For Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy, the deal is part of a push to revitalise the group at a time when its quarterly top-line growth...

  • AbbVie: Strong results lessen need for big deal Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    AbbVie reported strong earnings on demand for its Humira drug and said it could deliver strong long-term growth without another big merger bid.

  • Oct 31- AbbVie, which this month abandoned its planned $55 billion purchase of Dublin drugmaker Shire, reported impressive quarterly earnings on demand for its Humira arthritis drug and said it could deliver strong long-term growth without rushing into another big merger attempt. "The underlying growth prospects of AbbVie don't require us to do a deal of that...

  • HP tries something new with 3D scanning computer Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 29- Hewlett-Packard Co has taken a modest step toward re-imagining the venerable personal computer, merging a 3 D scanner and projector with an all-in-one PC to create a $1,899 ensemble it hopes can rekindle industry interest. The new desktop computer, called Sprout, goes on sale online Wednesday. Sprout sits atop Microsoft's Windows 8 and...

  • ROME/ MILAN, Oct 28- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena may seek to delay repaying hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help shore up its balance sheet as it explores strategic options which could include a merger, chairman Alessandro Profumo said on Tuesday. Profumo and Monte dei Paschi Chief Executive Fabrizio Viola met Economy Ministry officials on...

  • Under the revised terms, Williams Partners will merge with a subsidiary of Access Midstream in a unit-for-unit exchange of 0.86672 common units of Access Midstream for every Williams common unit. Williams first proposed the merger in June, with Access Midstream acquiring William Partners at an exchange ratio of 0.85 plus an additional $0.81 per Williams...

  • Williams, Access Midstream Partners amend deal terms Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Under the revised terms, Williams Partners will merge with a subsidiary of Access Midstream in a unit-for-unit exchange at a ratio of 0.86672 common units of Access Midstream for every Williams common unit. Williams first proposed the merger in June, with Access Midstream acquiring William Partners at an exchange ratio of 0.85 plus an additional $0.81 per...

  • *Monte Paschi hires UBS, Citi to review options, including merger. MILAN/ ROME, Oct 26-- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a 2.1 billion euro funding shortfall that could force it to seek a merger, after a European banking review revealed serious weak points in the Italian financial system. The historic Tuscan lender, which was founded in 1472 and carried out a 5-...

  • Oct 24- Banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc said it would start takeover talks with Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group after its shareholders voted against a proposed merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc. Fyffes' shares fell 5 percent to 94 euro cents in Dublin after the collapse of the deal, which would have created a company domiciled in...

  • Oct 22- Abbott Laboratories and Mylan Inc said on Wednesday they would go ahead with their $5.3 billion deal in which Mylan will buy part of Abbott's overseas generics business and set up headquarters in the Netherlands, but they tweaked the terms of the transaction. Treasury on Sept. 22 made changes to the corporate tax rules that govern such "inversion" merger...

  • TORONTO, Oct 21- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is still open to a merger with one of the two bigger eastern U.S. carriers even after talks with CSX Corp failed, though a hostile bid is unlikely, Chief Executive Hunter Harrison said on Thursday. Norfolk Southern Corp is the other of the two bigger U.S. railways based east of Chicago. Without mentioning Norfolk Southern...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 21- Shareholders of Chiquita Brands International Inc. should consider alternatives to a proposed merger with Irish produce firm Fyffes Plc, proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis said on Tuesday. Shareholders are set to vote on Fyffes' revamped all-stock offer of $11.80 per Chiquita share at a special meeting on Oct. 24. "We expect shareholders may...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. ad spending boosts Omnicom third quarter Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Oct 21- Omnicom Group Inc, the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, reported quarterly revenue and profit above analysts' expectations, boosted by higher ad spending in the United States. Omnicom, whose merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA was aborted in May, said revenue rose 7.4 percent to $3.75 billion in the third quarter while ad revenue rose 12.5 percent.