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  • Adam Crozier took over the top job at ITV in 2010 when Britain's biggest listed free-to-air broadcaster was on its knees, buffeted by the fluctuations of advertising markets and haemorrhaging viewers to the higher quality programming coming from the publicly owned BBC. "Management is declaring victory on its five-year transformation plan," said Hargreaves...

  • UPDATE 1-ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 2014 profit and seeing strong demand from advertisers in the first quarter. Full-year pretax profit was up 23 percent to 712 million pounds, compared with a forecast of 681 million pounds according to...

  • ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 23 percent rise in 2014 pretax profit and predicting a strong first quarter. The home of Downton Abbey said it had started 2015 well, with net advertising revenue now forecast to be up 11 percent in the first...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower, pulling the Nasdaq composite back below 5,000 points. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,248 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. Best Buy gained 1 percent after the electronics retailer said it would raise its dividend 21 percent and give shareholders an additional one-time payment.

  • Best Buy Co. raised its quarterly dividend 21 percent and plans to give shareholders an additional one-time payment after the nation's largest electronics chain reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit. Best Buy will pay the special cash dividend and the increased regular quarterly payout on April 14 to shareholders of record at the close...

  • March 3- Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada's No. 3 lender, reported a marginal rise in first-quarter profit on Tuesday, led by its global banking& markets unit. The lender, known as Scotiabank, said net income rose to C $1.73 billion, or C $1.35 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31, from C $1.71 billion, or C $1.32 per share, a year earlier. Scotiabank raised its quarterly dividend...

  • MILAN, March 2- Italian eyewear group Luxottica is to more than double its dividend payment to 1.44 euros per share, it said on Monday after reporting a 10 percent rise in full-year operating income and record cash flow. Luxottica also said it would ask shareholders to approve a small buy-back of 2.08 percent of outstanding shares. Citi said in a report the...

  • MILAN, March 2- Italian eyewear group Luxottica is to more than double its dividend payment to 1.44 euros per share, it said on Monday after reporting a 10 percent rise in full-year operating income on strong revenue growth. Luxottica, the world's biggest eyewear company, said lower debt and record free cashflow allow it to return to shareholders 687 million...

  • *FY operating earnings before one-offs up 54 pct to 4 bln euros. *Takes 551 mln euros charge due to A400M delays. MUNICH, Feb 27- Airbus Group defied warnings of a slowdown in the jetliner market with a steep production boost for its top-selling A320 and announced its biggest ever dividend.

  • LONDON— London- based Lloyds Banking Group passed a milestone Friday in its recovery from the financial crisis, reporting an annual profit and announcing plans to pay a dividend for the first time since it was rescued by British taxpayers. "This is a symbolic development that bears testament to our successful transformation and improved risk profile of the...

  • Feb 26- Offshore driller Ensco Plc said it would shut down an ultra-deepwater rig as demand dwindles due to a slump in crude prices, a day after it slashed its quarterly dividend by 80 percent. Ensco reported a fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday, compared with year-ago profit, hurt mainly by a $3 billion goodwill impairment charge. Ensco cut its quarterly dividend...

  • MUNICH, Feb 26- German insurer Allianz raised its dividend by less than expected after earnings in its core property and casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco. Shares in Europe's largest insurer fell more than 3 percent on Thursday and were the biggest decliners in Germany's blue...

  • *Q4 core profit 414 mln euros vs 400 mln expected. *Increases dividend 6.3 pct to 3.40 euros. BRUSSELS, Feb 26- Belgian chemicals group Solvay on Thursday said it would pay out more to its shareholders after its core profit for the fourth quarter beat expectations, as the group was able to raise its prices faster than raw material costs increased.

  • *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...

  • SPAIN'S IBERDROLA SAYS DIVIDEND POLICY TO REMAIN UNCHANGED AFTER ACQUISITION OF UIL HOLDINGS CORP.

  • *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...

  • Feb 25- Auto parts maker Magna International Inc reported stronger than expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday while announcing a higher dividend and a stock split, sparking a rally in its shares. Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said both Magna's sales and margins came in ahead of his forecasts. Magna cut its 2015 forecast for total production...

  • MADRID, Feb 25- Spain's Telefonica gave upbeat sales growth forecasts on Wednesday after the devaluation of the bolivar hit its Venezuelan business badly last year and helped knock more than a third off net profit. The company said it would pay a 0.75 euro dividend in each of the next two years and cancel share capital, helping maintain one of the highest dividend...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to their highest since the start of the financial crisis. AXA shares rose nearly 5 percent to 22.48 euros in early trading, the highest level since Oct. 3, 2008, before pulling back to 21.925 at 1217 GMT.

  • Moller-Maersk will hand shareholders a $6.6 billion windfall in dividends this year after it sells its 20 percent stake in Denmark's biggest bank Danske. Analysts had expected Maersk to announce the divestment of some assets on Wednesday as part of its strategy of focusing on its core shipping and oil divisions- but the Danske Bank stake had not been among the...