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Associated British Foods (ASBFY.PK, ABF.L) reported profit before taxation of 434 million pounds for the 24 weeks ended 1 March 2014, compared to 411 million pounds, previous year. Profit to equity shareholders increased to 341 million pounds from 304 million pounds. Earnings per ordinary share was 43.2...

ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH, ARM.L) Wednesday reported first-quarter profit before tax of 78.0 million pounds, higher than 67.1 million pounds in the previous year. On a per share basis, earnings were 4.4 pence, compared to 3.7 pence per share last year. Normalised earnings increased to 5.60 pence from...

BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP, BHP.AX, BBL, BLT.L) announced Wednesday that it officially opened its new Jimblebar iron ore mine 40 kilometres east of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. BHP Billiton President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, was joined by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin...

B/E Aerospace, Inc. (BEAV), a manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and provider of aerospace fasteners, consumables and logistics services, reported that net earnings for the first quarter of 2014 increased to $109.0 million from the prior year's $89.9 million, with earnings per share improving...

Anglo-Dutch publishing and events company Reed Elsevier Plc. (REL.L, RUK, ENL) Wednesday said its first-quarter underlying revenue growth rates, excluding biennial exhibition cycling, remained broadly consistent with full year 2013. The company also said its fiscal 2014 outlook remains unchanged. Going...

French software company Dassault Systemes SA (DASTY.PK) on Wednesday again extended its public tender offer for all shares of U.S.-based Accelrys Inc. (ACCL) to April 28. Dassault Systemes, a provider of 3D design software, in late January offered to pay $12.50 for each Accelrys share in cash. Except...

Ericsson (ERIC) reported that its first-quarter net income to shareholders of the parent company increased to SEK 2.12 billon from SEK 1.20 billion. Earnings per share was SEK 0.65, compared to SEK 0.37. Non-IFRS earnings per share was SEK 0.90, compared to SEK 0.99, a year ago. Net sales decreased...

Novartis International AG (NVS) reported that new analyses of pooled data from the FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials showed the consistent efficacy of Gilenya (fingolimod) on four key measures of multiple sclerosis disease activity - reducing relapses, new MRI lesion counts, brain volume loss and disability...

Swedish telecommunications firm TeliaSonera AB (0H6X.L, TLSNY.PK) Wednesday said first-quarter net income attributable to owners of the parent company decreased 4.0 percent to 3.945 billion Swedish kronor from 4.108 billion kronor in the previous year. Earnings per share slipped to 0.91 krona from 0.95...

Flagstar Bancorp Inc. (FBC) Tuesday reported first-quarter loss of $78.9 million or $1.51 per share, compared to $22.2 million or $0.33 per share in the same period last year. On average, four analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn $0.19 per share for the quarter. Analysts'...

Packaging Corporation of America (PKG) reported first quarter net income of $90.1 million or $0.92 per share, compared to $62.3 million or $0.64 per share for the year-ago quarter. Excluding items, adjusted net income for the latest quarter was $106.5 million or $1.08 per share Net sales for the...

Stericycle, Inc. (SRCL) said Tuesday that it has acquired PSC Environmental Services, LLC, a portfolio company of Lindsay Goldberg LLC and a provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions. Subject to various adjustments, the total consideration for the PSC Environmental acquisition...

MSA Safety Incorporated (MSA) reported that its first-quarter net income attributable to MSA decreased to $14.03 million or $0.37 per share, from $19.29 million or $0.51 per share, previous year. Income per share from continuing operations was $0.36, compared to $0.49. Adjusted earnings was $14.95 million...

Baytex Energy Corp. (BTE.TO, BTE) announced the commencement of cash tender offers relating to any and all of the US$365 million current outstanding principal amount of 9.875% Senior Notes due 2017 and US$300 million current outstanding principal amount of 7.50% Senior Notes due 2020 of Aurora USA Oil...

First Midwest Bancorp. (FMBI) Tuesday reported first-quarter net income applicable to common shares of $17.4 million or $0.24 per share, up from $14.4 million or $0.20 per share in the comparable quarter last year. On average, 11 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn $0.25...