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  • Resurgent BT comes back to haunt old rival Vodafone Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- BT's move to buy mobile operator EE is expected to put the former state-owned telecoms giant back in pole position as fixed line and mobile services converge, forcing rivals such as Vodafone to make costly moves of their own to keep up. The EE move also revives BT's rivalry with Vodafone which dates back to when they were the two biggest names in...

  • LONDON, Dec 12- Britain has all the right ingredients for an M&A boom, upbeat company bosses, a vibrant economy and a buoyant stock market, but dealmaking is lagging behind the rest of the world. In Britain, although M&A activity is up compared to 2013, it has been flat for the last five years. Ten years ago, dealmaking in Britain, Europe's financial hub and home to some of...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- The board of BT met on Tuesday to discuss the possible acquisition of British mobile operators O2 or EE, and agreed to continue talks with both sides, a person familiar with the situation said. The telecoms group has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's...

  • BT has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica is also eager to sell because it needs to cut debt. BT, Telefonica, Orange and Deutsche Telekom declined to comment.

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 5- Pressure from competition regulators could prompt Liberty Global to abandon Germany if it can no longer pursue its growth ambitions in Europe's biggest cable market, sources have told Reuters. The case has provided further evidence to Liberty- Europe's biggest cable group- that it will not be allowed to expand through acquisitions in Germany,...

  • *Germany's DAX ends at record close of 10,087.12 points. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks rallied on Friday, with Germany's DAX hitting a record closing high, boosted by data showing U.S. employers took on the most workers for nearly three years in November. Germany's DAX surged 2.4 percent, ending at a record closing high of 10,087.12 points.

  • *Oil services shares drop as Brent at $69/ barrel. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks extended their broad rally on Friday afternoon after data showed U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November. It really fuels the bullish sentiment on the market, " Saxo Bank trader Pierre Martin said.

  • Vodafone plays down chance of Liberty deal Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 3- Vodafone has met with analysts and investors this week to calm fears it could make a multi-billion dollar takeover bid for Europe's biggest cable company Liberty Global, according to people present. Shares in Vodafone fell on Monday after people familiar with the situation said the world's second-biggest mobile operator was considering its...

  • European stocks knocked lower by commodity slump Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    *Vodafone dips on worries over potential bid for Liberty Global. Shares in UK telecom group Vodafone sank 4.4 percent on talk it would bid for cable operator Liberty Global. Sources said Vodafone is reviewing potential acquisitions, including Liberty Global, to counter pending consolidation among rivals in Britain.

  • UPDATE 1-Altice set to buy Oi's Portugal operations Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    "Altice announces that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Oi to agree the purchase of the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom," said the statement. Altice already owns two small cable companies in Portugal and buying the former state-owned monopoly Portugal Telecom would vault it into prime position to compete with Vodafone and Optimus.

  • Altice set to buy Oi's Portugal operations - sources Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    The deal with Oi marks the effective unwinding of Oi's ill-fated merger with Portugal Telecom, which hit the rocks earlier this year when the Portuguese side lost hundreds of millions of euros in the country's Espirito Santo banking scandal. Altice already owns two small cable companies in Portugal and buying the former state-owned monopoly Portugal...

  • Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners' report said that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to acquire so-called "Internet of Things" suppliers, with $5 billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine months of 2014.. The report, which studied more than 100 transactions in the category, said that early consolidation has been led by...

  • NAIROBI, Nov 25- Kenya's largest mobile phone firm Safaricom said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the government to construct a security system worth 14.9 billion shillings. The awarding of the contract to Safaricom, which is 40 percent owned by Britain's Vodafone, had sparked a row when critics complained that it had been awarded without an open bidding...

  • *O2 deal could hand Telefonica 20 pct of BT. LONDON/ MADRID Nov 24- Britain's BT Group has been approached by O2 owner Telefonica and the parents of O2's bigger rival EE to discuss competing multibillion-pound deals to create a powerhouse in fixed-line broadband, mobile and TV. "They've held out the threat of entering in the mobile market and engineered a situation...

  • MADRID/ LONDON, Nov 24- Spain's Telefonica could sell its UK mobile operator O2 to British Telecom in return for a 20 percent stake in BT as part of a "strategic alliance" to strengthen the pair, Spanish website El Confidencial reported on Monday. A deal would bring O2- among Britain's leading mobile operators alongside EE and Vodafone- back into the BT fold, having...

  • BARCELONA, Nov 20- Liberty Global, Europe's biggest cable operator, plans to make "small, selective" acquisitions for content which help it make money from its core business of selling high-speed broadband and TV services, its finance chief said on Thursday. The turn towards content is a major move for Liberty, which has been a serial buyer of cable companies in...

  • Shell wins India tax case Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Nov 18- The Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of the Indian unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in a multi-million dollar tax dispute, the latest verdict against the tax department that has been vigorously pursing claims against foreign firms in India. A rash of high-value tax claims on foreign firms including IBM Corp and Nokia Oyj in the past year has...

  • Dividend payout growth seen slowing in 2015 -report Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    *Economic growth to be uncertain, UK divs to fall- Henderson. The report pointed to an uncertain economic growth picture next year and said that one reason for slower growth would be the absence of Vodafone's record $26 billion payout from selling its Verizon Wireless stake. We expect total dividends from the UK to be down by more than $20 billion next year. "

  • Republicans and Democrats agree on these stocks Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    Republicans and Democrats disagree on practically everything, including their investments, except for these companies.

  • *Telecom Egypt CEO says other options possible. CAIRO, Nov 12- Egypt's fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt said on Wednesday it may not sell its 45 percent stake in mobile operator Vodafone Egypt once it receives a licence to offer its own mobile services. The Egyptian government, which owns 80 percent of Telecom Egypt, has said that for competition reasons the...