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  • Blackstone has agreed to acquire insurance broker Aon's employee benefits outsourcing business for around $4.8 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP has agreed to acquire insurance broker Aon Plc's employee benefits outsourcing business for around $4.8 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Blackstone prevailed over buyout firm Clayton Dubilier& Rice LLC in an auction for the benefits administration and human resources...

  • Jan 19- Insurance broker Aon Plc is in advanced talks to sell its employee benefits outsourcing unit to buyout firm Clayton Dubilier& Rice LLC for nearly $4.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The divestiture would undo much of Aon's 2010 acquisition of human resources services provider Hewitt Associates Inc for $4.9 billion,...

  • Jan 5- U.S. private employers added 153,000 jobs in December,. below economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Thursday. The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment.

  • Slack application on a mobile phone.

    Microsoft is expected to integrate its Teams software with Microsoft Office and Skype as a direct competitor to Slack, The Verge reports.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Investors have punished staffing firms including On Assignment, Robert Half International, TrueBlue and Heidrick& Struggles so far this earnings season on worries about a slowdown in hiring. It forecast fourth-quarter revenue growth of 5.3 percent to 7 percent which was short of Wall Street expectations for 7.6 percent annual growth,...

  • AMSTERDAM, Oct 25- Randstad, the world's second-largest staffing agency, beat market forecasts for core earnings on Tuesday and said that if it can get its offer for Monster Worldwide accepted by more than 50 percent of shareholders it will succeed. The Dutch group is facing opposition from U.S. newspaper operator MediaNews Group Inc, controlled by hedge fund...

  • Herman Miller wants to improve productivity with redesign of its famous Aeron chair

    Jim Cramer spoke with the CEO of Herman Miller on how it wants to make office life more productive and comfortable.

  • Oct 13- Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday it plans to close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, as the No. 1 wireless company trims head count and reorganizes operations in a saturated wireless market. The consolidation involves Verizon call centers near Rochester and Orangeburg, New York; Bangor, Maine; Lincoln, Nebraska;...

  • Oct 13- Verizon Communications Inc plans to close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York, the No. 1 U.S. wireless company said on Thursday. The consolidation involves Verizon call centers near Rochester and Orangeburg, New York; Bangor, Maine; Lincoln, Nebraska; Wallingford and Meriden, Connecticut; and Rancho Cordoba, California, the...

  • Oct 13- Verizon Communications Inc, the No. 1 U.S. wireless company, said on Thursday it would close call centers in five states, including its home state of New York. The consolidation involves Verizon call centers near Rochester and Orangeburg, New York; Bangor, Maine; Lincoln, Nebraska; Wallingford and Meriden, Connecticut; and Rancho Cordoba, California, the...

  • *Says more caution in UK hiring among multinationals. *UK Q3 gross profit fell 4.7 pct, less than expected. The company, which makes about a quarter of its earnings in Britain, said its gross profit there fell 4.7 percent in the three months to Sept. 30 at constant currencies and it would cut about 20-30 UK jobs if there was no improvement this quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. private employers added 154,000 jobs in. September, below economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's BT said it had won a 100 million euro contract from staffing company Randstad to provide cloud-based services and connectivity to more than 3,500 sites across 37 countries. BT said on Wednesday it would consolidate Randstad's network infrastructure, currently provided by multiple domestic and regional providers, using internet...

  • KINSHASA, Sept 7- In a renovated warehouse in Kinshasa, dozens of young Congolese wearing headsets sit in rows of identical orange cubicles, fielding phone calls in six different languages. Congo's first call center gives a glimpse of how the central African country could follow a path already taken by the Philippines and India, which have long hosted low-cost...

  • KINSHASA, Sept 7- In a renovated warehouse in Kinshasa, dozens of young Congolese wearing headsets sit in rows of identical orange cubicles, fielding phone calls in six different languages. Congo's first call center gives a glimpse of how the central African country could follow a path already taken by the Philippines and India, which have long hosted low-cost...

  • Stocks to Watch: July 15, 2016

    Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Line and Xerox are making headlines this Friday morning to wrap up the trading week.

  • Back-to-school shopping at Staples.

    But sales fell 3 percent in the quarter, hurt by a strong U.S. dollar and the closure of several stores.

  • Staples edges out earnings estimates for first quarter

    The office supplies retailer releases better than expected quarterly financial results.

  • Judge blocks Staples and Office Depot merger

    The combined company would have claimed nearly 70-percent of the corporate services market.