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Coca-Cola European Partners plc (CCE) announced Saturday that the combination of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.A.U., and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH is now complete. This combination creates the world's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net sales and...

Sears-052716.jpg While reporting a wider loss for the first quarter, Sears Holdings Corp. said it has decided to "aggressively evaluate" all potential alternatives for its top brands - Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard or KCD, and the Sears Home Services or SHS businesses. Sears has retained Citigroup Global Markets and LionTree Advisors to assist in its efforts.

Baxalta Inc. (BXLT) announced its shareholders approved the definitive merger agreement with Shire plc (SHPG, SHP.L), dated as of January 11, 2016, and the merger transaction, with approximately 98.9 percent of shares outstanding cast in favor of the proposal. Earlier, Shire shareholders of approximately...

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NXST) said it has entered into three definitive agreements to divest five television stations in four markets. The proposed divestitures mark an important first step in fulfilling Nexstar's commitment to regulatory bodies to consummate its previously announced agreement...

thermofisher-FEI-052716.jpg Lab equipment maker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has agreed to acquire electron microscope maker FEI Co. for about $4.2 billion in cash, the two companies said Friday. Thermo Fisher noted that FEI's electron microscopy platform will complement its own mass spectrometry systems to accelerate advancements in structural biology.

Loblaw Co. Ltd. (L.TO), a Canadian food and pharmacy company, announced Friday that it has completed a strategic review of its gas bar operations, and will engage potential buyers in considering a sale of the business. Loblaw's gas bar network consists of 212 retail fuel sites located adjacent to...

Phoenix Group Holdings (PHNX.L) announced its subsidiary, Pearl Life Holdings Limited, has entered into conditional agreements with AXA UK plc to acquire AXA Wealth's pensions and protection businesses. Phoenix said the consideration for the acquisition will be satisfied by the payment of 375 million...

HICL Infrastructure Company Ld (HICL.L) announced Friday that it has acquired a 60% shareholding in the Ireland Primary Care Centres Project, which reached financial close on May 25. The total investment by the HICL Group is 11.6 million euros, which includes a commitment to invest 9.5 million euros...

Anthem Inc. (ANTM) announced it has received the final order from Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson, approving the company's acquisition of Cigna HealthCare of Indiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cigna Corp. (CI). On July 23, 2015 Anthem and Cigna entered into a definitive...

Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) said it has urged Tribune Publishing Co.'s (TPUB) stockholders to "withhold" their votes in connection with the election of directors at the Tribune 2016 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on June 2, 2016. Gannett said it is encouraging Tribune stockholders to deliver...

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (500124, DRREDDY, RDY) announced Wednesday the acquisition of an eminent portfolio of over-the-counter or OTC brands in the cough-and-cold, pain, and dermatology categories. The company acquired six OTC brands from Ducere Pharma, including DOAN'S, BUFFERIN, NUPERCAINAL Ointment,...

FedEx Corp. (FDX), FedEx Acquisition B.V. and TNT Express N.V. announced FedEx has acquired TNT Express in a 4.4 billion euros deal. The companies said the integration process will begin immediately. Once the integration is complete, FedEx expects customers to enjoy an expanded global offering that draws...

Halfords Group plc (HFD.L) said it bought Tredz Limited and Wheelies Direct Limited, South Wales-based online sellers of premium bikes and accessories. The deal involves initial cash consideration is 18.4 million pounds, funded from Halfords' borrowings. Based on how Tredz performs in the year ending...

Air Liquide (AIQUY.PK) announced it has completed the acquisition of Airgas, Inc. Pascal Vinet, Member of the Air Liquide Group's Executive Committee, will be appointed CEO of Airgas, after a brief, post-closing transition phase. During the transition phase, Michael Molinini will continue with his current...

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) said it intends to acquire Aspediens, a European provider of technology-enabled solutions for the service-management sector and a preferred partner of ServiceNow. Aspediens will join the CSC ServiceNow practice within Fruition Partners, a CSC company and global ServiceNow...

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