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Micro Focus International Plc. (MCFUF.PK, MCRO.L) Wednesday said its full-year pre-tax profit fell to $91.4 million from $147.8 million in the prior year. Excluding items, pre-tax profit was $190.49 million, compared to $147.8 million reported in the preceding year. Earnings per share were 56.71...

Great Portland Estates plc (GPOR.L) reported that tenant interest in the limited amount of available space across its properties remained strong leading to 17 new lettings (34,900 sq ft) for the quarter to 30 June 2015, generating an annual rent of 2.4 million pounds and the Group's share of 2.4 million...

UK-based lender Barclays Plc. (BARC.L, BCS) and Barclays Bank PLC Wednesday announced the departure of Antony Jenkins as Chief Executive. Barclays appointed John McFarlane as Executive Chairman pending the appointment of a new Chief Executive. The change is expected to be effective, July 17 when...

The board of SABMiller plc (SBMRY.PK, SAB.L) said it intends to appoint Domenic De Lorenzo as an executive director and as CFO, with effect from the conclusion of the forthcoming annual general meeting, to be held on 23 July 2015. Domenic, currently Director of Group Strategy and Corporate Development...

French geoscience company CGG (CGG) announced that the vessel availability rate for the second quarter was 74 percent, sharply down from the 94 percent availability rate in the year-ago quarter. However, the vessel production rate was 94 percent, up from a 92 percent rate in the prior-year quarter. During...

French catering and vouchers company Sodexo S.A. (SDXAY.PK) reported Wednesday higher revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, benefited by positive currency impact and strong performances in North America, and UK and Ireland. Looking ahead for fiscal 2015, the company confirmed operating profit...

India-based software exporter Infosys Technologies Ltd. (INFOSYSTCH, 500209, INFY) announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with German lender Deutsche Bank AG (DB). Infosys has been selected as a strategic technology services partner of the Bank. The agreement will see Infosys providing...

DBV Technologies (DBVT), a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company, Wednesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted an investigator-sponsored investigational new drug application for a Phase IIA clinical trial for the potential treatment of milk-induced eosinophilic esophagitis...

Technology outsourcing and consultancy company Accenture plc (ACN) announced the acquisition of Hong Kong-based PacificLink Group in order to boost its digital marketing and commerce capabilities in Greater China as well as strength in the strategically important Asia Pacific region. PacificLink is...

The outlook for steel prices in China slumped to a six-month low, and expectations for domestic orders during July also deteriorated, the latest Platts China Steel Sentiment Index (Platts CSSI) for July revealed. The index showed a headline reading of 26.5 out of a possible 100 points. Platts is...

Canadian airline operator Westjet Airlines Ltd. (WJA.TO) reported that traffic for the month of June 2015, measured in revenue passenger miles or RPMs, increased 7.0 percent to 1.68 billion from last year's 1.57 billion. Capacity, measured in available seat miles or ASMs, rose 7.6 percent to 2.19...

Canon U.S.A. Inc. Wednesday said its parent company, Canon Inc. (CAJ), would celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22 — an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable...

Swiss drug giant Novartis AG (NVS) said Tuesday that its Entresto drug, previously known as LCZ696, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, in which the heart muscle does not contract effectively. Novartis noted...

ACE Group (ACE) announced the appointment of Peter van Ratingen as its new Country President for its general insurance operation in the Philippines. van Ratingen succeeds Daniel Daly, who will retire on July 31. In his role as Country President, van Ratingen will oversee the operations and business...

Health insurers Humana Inc. (HUM) and Aetna Inc. (AET) set termination fees to be paid in the event of a failure of their merger agreement. Humana disclosed in a regulatory filing that the merger agreement provides that upon the termination of the agreement under specified circumstances, including...

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