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  • Nielsen's top programs for April 27-May 3 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 3:56 PM ET

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.9 million. 2. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.6 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.9 million.

  • April 30- Viacom Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday though the media company is still struggling to turn around advertising declines in the United States. Viacom, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, has been challenged over the past several quarters because of drops in Nielsen ratings and changing TV viewing habits,...

  • April 30- Viacom Inc, owner of Paramount Pictures and cable channels Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, reported an unexpected fall in quarterly revenue as weak cable ratings depressed income from advertising in the United States. Viacom, controlled by billionaire Sumner Redstone, said domestic advertising revenue fell 5 percent in the second quarter...

  • But not far beyond this "big event" program was CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," a long-dependable hit that drew 14.6 million to take second place, according to the Nielsen company. For the week in prime time, CBS was the champ for the ninth consecutive week, averaging 8.4 million viewers. ABC had 7.4 million viewers, while NBC had 5.5 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Univision had...

  • April 24- Fifteen years and 31 trading days. A lot has changed- Apple Inc, now the most highly valued U.S. public company, had a meager $4.49 share price and certainly was not on Wall Street's hot list. Nasdaq value April 23 2015 March 2000 $8.2 trillion $6.6 trillion Nasdaq P/E April 2015 March 2000.

  • *West Africa produces 70 percent of world's cocoa. Other African companies such as Ghana's Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as Nestle mass produce chocolate in South Africa for the continent's consumers and source ingredients globally.

  • LONDON, April 16- Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, reported slower quarterly trading on Thursday, hurt by tough comparisons in Britain and retailers reducing inventory in Southeast Asia. Diageo shares were down 2.9 percent at 1911 pence by 0837 GMT. Analysts were hoping for signs of improvement in the United States, Diageo's largest profit driver,...

  • Diageo quarterly sales fall Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:23 AM ET

    LONDON, April 16- Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, reported slower quarterly trading on Thursday, hurt by tough comparisons in Britain and retailers reducing inventory in Southeast Asia. The quarterly report is the last of its kind for Diageo, which will do only half-year reporting from next financial year. Analysts were hoping for signs of...

  • Analytics firm Retail Next raises $125 mln in new funding Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    CHICAGO, April 15- In-store analytics firm Retail Next has raised $125 million in a fresh funding round from investors led by private equity firm Activant Capital Group, the company said on Wednesday. Other investors including August Capital, Star Vest Partners, Nokia Growth Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and card company American Express also invested in the...

  • Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is buying a majority stake in Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. Company Annual sales Brands PepsiCo Inc $37.2 bln Pepsi, Lays, Tropicana,. *Reuters calculations based on data from annual report All figures for...

  • March 10- Happy anniversary, Nasdaq. A lot has changed- Apple Inc wasn't even on the radar then. Nasdaq value March 2015 March 2000 $8.01 trillion $6.6 trillion Nasdaq P/E March 2015 March 2000.

  • *4th- qtr profit of $1.06/ shr vs est $0.99. *4th- qtr revenue of $609.4 mln vs est $602.4 mln. Feb 26- AMC Networks Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by strong ratings for its hit zombie drama "The Walking Dead" and its purchase of BBC America.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 23- Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on ABC drew its smallest audience in six years with 36.6 million average viewers, according to Nielsen figures, in what critics deemed a long, lackluster show and limited box office appeal among top nominees. Nielsen data on Monday showed a 16 percent decline from last year, a significant drop for Walt Disney...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fight between an upstart Spanish language TV network and Comcast Corp has provided more ammunition for critics who fear Comcast would gain too much market power if its buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc goes ahead, antitrust attorneys said. Formed by the son of a Mexican immigrant in 2009, Estrella TV currently is distributed by Comcast in 16...

  • FACTBOX-Single serve coffee's rise Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 8:11 PM ET

    In 2009, Folgers, owned by J.M. Smucker Co. led the single-serve pack, with 17.9 percent market share and sales of $1.5 billion, data from market research firm Euromonitor show. Leading single-serve maker Keurig Green Mountain was seventh, with 2.7 percent market share and sales of $224 million. In the 52 weeks ended Jan. 24, single-serve accounted for 40 percent of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- Stephen Shapiro says he "couldn't survive" without his Keurig single-serve coffee machine. "I wake up, before I even go to the bathroom I turn my Keurig on," said the 75- year-old retired health food store owner, who splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida. Sales of coffee pods for the slick single-serve machines like Keurig Green...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Hershey Co's announcement on Thursday that it will buy jerky maker Krave Pure Foods Inc reflects a growing appetite for healthy snacks in the United States, even those that were once considered gas station staples. According to Nielsen data released earlier this month, 30 percent of U.S. consumers specifically look for food that is high in...

  • Jan 29- Viacom Inc is jumping on the direct-to-consumer bandwagon with plans to introduce an online video streaming product for its children's cable network Nickelodeon, the company's chief executive said on Thursday. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman did not offer much detail including pricing about the subscription offering, but said more information will be...

  • Jan 26- Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc said it would acquire privately held rival MOM Brands Co for about $1.15 billion to expand in the growing bagged and hot cereal categories, sending its shares up as much as 9 percent. U.S. sales of bagged cereals grew 5.6 percent annually in the past four years, even though overall sales of cereals fell, Post said, quoting data...

  • Brewing goliaths struggle to fit in at craft beer party Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BRUSSELS, Jan 21- At Top Hops on Manhattan's hip Lower East Side, drinkers can choose from 20 beers on tap from Dark Penance to Devil Dancer and over 600 more in bottles. The bar is tapping into the surge in demand for craft beers and finds only the occasional customer opting for Budweiser or other brands of the two major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and...