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Standard & Poor's or S&P Rating Services has lifted its outlook on Tour operator Thomas Cook Group Plc (TCKGY.PK, TCG.L) from Stable to Positive, following a detailed financial review of the Group's progress in implementing its Transformation strategy. S&P's rating of the Group remains unchanged at "B"...

UK-based water utility United Utilities Group Plc's (UU.L, UUGRY.PK) board, after careful consideration, has confirmed to Ofwat that it plans to submit its revised business plan, covering the 2015-20 period, by June 27, 2014. The company said this would enable it to fully consider the detailed feedback...

Drinks giant Diageo Plc (DGE.L, DEO) recorded a 0.3% growth in organic net sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2014. However, nine-month reported net sales slid by 7.4%, due to the adverse currency movements impact and the termination of the distribution deal with Jose Cuervo. For the third quarter,...

RSA Insurance Group Plc. (RSANY.PK, RSA.L, RSA) Thursday said it reached an agreement to sell each of Lietuvos Draudimas AB (Lithuania), AAS Balta (Latvia), the business of the Estonian branch of Codan Forsikring A/S, and Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczen Spolka Akcyjna (Poland) to Powszechny Zaklad Ubezpieczen...

Rémy Cointreau (RCO.PA) reported consolidated sales for the financial year ended 31 March 2014 of 1.03 billion euros, compared to 1.19 billion euros, previous year. Published sales declined 13.5%, while organic decline was 10.7%. The company said the decrease follows four years of strong growth....

French advertising and communications firm Publicis Groupe SA's (PUBGY.PK, PGPEF.PK) first-quarter 2014 consolidated revenue advanced by 2.2% to 1.60 billion euros, from the 1.56 billion euros reported a year back. The exchange rates' impact was 67 million euros, or 4.2% of revenue. Excluding the impact...

French catering and vouchers company Sodexo S.A. (SDXAY.PK) posted 278 million euros of profit attributable to equity holders of the parent in the first half of fiscal 2014, up 17.8% after a negative impact from currency exchange rates. However, it is to be noted that exchange rate fluctuations do not...

Biopharmaceutical company Actelion Ltd. (ALIOF.PK) Thursday said first-quarter net income increased to 128 million Swiss francs from 98 million francs in the previous year. Earnings per share grew to 1.09 francs from 0.85 franc. Core earnings per share totaled 1.46 franc while it was 1.23 franc last...

German business software maker SAP AG (SAP) recorded a 3% growth in first-quarter 2014 profit attributable to owners of parent to 534 million euros, or 0.45 euros per share, from 520 million euros, or 0.44 euros per share, in the year-ago period. However, on a non-IFRS basis, quarterly profit after tax...

Dutch paint maker Akzo Nobel NV (AKZOY.PK, AKZOY) Thursday said profit attributable to shareholders of the company for the first quarter increased to 129 million euros from 89 million euros in the previous year, mainly due to lower financing expenses. Earnings per share from total operations was 0.53...

RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, Thursday said its U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the first quarter showed that 9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater. This represents 17 percent of all properties with a mortgage in the quarter. For...

Packaging products company Crown Holdings Inc (CCK) Wednesday reported first-quarter net earnings of $24 million or $0.17 per share compared with $41 million or $0.28 per share last year. Results for the recent quarter included restructuring charges of $50 million. Excluding items, adjusted earnings...

Sabre Corp. said Wednesday that it has priced its initial public offering of 39.2 million shares of common stock at $16 per share, which is below the previously estimated price range of $18.00 to $20.00 per share. In addition, the underwriters of the offering have a 30-day option to purchase up to...

Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings Inc said Wednesday it has priced its initial public offering of 12.5 million common shares at a price to the public of $9.50 per share, which is below the previously estimated price range of $11.00 to $13.00 per share. The offering consists of 8.33 million common shares...

MasterCard Inc. (MA) said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to buy Pinpoint Pty. Ltd., a provider of loyalty and rewards services to financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pinpoint, which was founded in 1984 and headquartered...