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Publicis Healthcare, a part of Publicis Groupe (PUBGY.PK, PGPEF.PK), on Thursday said it has acquired Tardis Medical, a clinical and medical affairs outsourcing organization and consultancy company. Tardis Medical has a strong global presence with European offices in the UK, Austria, France, Spain,...

comScore (SCOR) on Thursday revealed that 191.4 mln people in the U.S. owned smartphones in three months ending July. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 44.2% of U.S. subscribers, Samsung ranked second with 27.3%, followed by LG with 8.7% percent. Meanwhile, Google Android led as the leading smartphone...

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (ICAGY, IAG.L), the parent company of British Airways plc and Spanish flag carrier Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A., on Thursday reported an 8.6 percent increase in traffic for the month of August. Capacity grew 6.1 percent and passenger load factor...

Network specialist Ciena Corp. (CIEN) reported Thursday that profit for the third quarter grew 46 percent from last year, despite a revenue drop, reflecting improved operating margins. Adjusted earnings per share topped analysts' expectations, while quarterly revenues missed their estimates. The company...

Footwear and apparel retailer Genesco, Inc. (GCO) on Thursday reported a 60 percent increase in profit for the second quarter from last year, reflecting higher revenues and lower one-time charges. Both revenue and adjusted earnings per share for the quarter beat analysts' estimates. The company also...

Retail drugstore chain operator Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) reported Thursday a 1.6 percent increase in August same store sales, reflecting an improvement in pharmacy same store sales and front-end same store sales. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid reported total drugstore sales of $2.55 billion for...

Calavo Growers, Inc. (CVGW) posted third-quarter net income attributable to the company surged to $8.6 million or $0.50 per share, from $1.6 million or $0.09 per share in the prior year. On average, 4 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn $0.60 per share. Analysts' estimates...

Alcoa (AA) announced the company is expanding its R&D center in Pennsylvania to accelerate the development of advanced 3D-printing materials and processes. The $60 million expansion is under construction at the Alcoa Technical Center. Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed in the...

Food giant General Mills, Inc. (GIS) agreed Thursday to sell its iconic Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods, Inc. (BGS) for about $765 million in cash, subject to an inventory adjustment at closing. The deal, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the fourth...

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (ASR) or, ASUR, the first privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, reported that its total passenger traffic for August 2015 increased by 15.0% when compared to August 2014. The company...

Semiconductor supplier Diodes Inc. (DIOD) has agreed to acquire Pericom Semiconductor Corp. (PSEM) for a total consideration of about $400 million in cash, the two companies said Thursday. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015. At the effective date of the merger, each...

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced it has completed acquisition of Hospira, Inc. On September 3, 2015, Hospira's common stock ceased trading on the NYSE. Pfizer said the former Hospira shareholders became entitled to receive the per share merger consideration of $90 in cash for each share of Hospira common...

Greif Inc (GEF, GEF_B), an industrial packaging products company, on Thursday reported third-quarter net income attributable to the company of $8.6 million or $0.15 per Class A share compared with $13.7 million or $0.23 per share last year. Excluding items, adjusted earnings for the quarter were $0.60...

General Mills Inc. (GIS) said Thursday that it agreed to sell its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods Inc. (BGS) for about $765 million in cash, subject to an inventory adjustment at closing. General Mills will continue to operate the Green Giant business in Europe and select...

Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) reported a third-quarter loss of $8.3 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to a loss of $7.3 million, or $0.09 per share for the same period in 2014. On average, seven analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report a loss per share of $0.07 for the quarter....

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