Business News - part 40

USA Today Publisher Gannett Buys Television Company Belo Corp For $1.5 Billion

USA Today Publisher Gannett Buys Television Company  Belo Corp  For $1.5 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Gannett acquires Belo Corp to grow portfolio from 23 television stations to 43
  • Deal makes Gannett fourth-largest American broadcast group
  • Move reflects growth in broadcast business as newspaper business shrinks

USA Today publisher Gannett Co., presently the most widely circulating US newspaper publisher, will buy Dallas-based TV station owner Belo Corp for roughly $1.5 billion, to nearly double its broadcast portfolio from 23 television stations to 43.

The deal would make Gannett the fourth-largest American broadcast group. Gannett would also reach one-third of American households, owning 21 of the 25 most-significant television markets in the US, including stations in fast-growing television markets like Texas and Oregon.

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Paris Air Show Reports $30 Billion In Orders On First Day

Paris Air Show Reports $30 Billion In Orders On First Day

BUSINESS

  • Boeing and Airbus in tight competition for customers
  • Boeing says new generation of mid-sized, long-range jets to be worth $1 trillion in next 20 years
  • GE division purchases 10 Boeing Dreamliner jets

Vendors at the Paris Air Show, the world's largest aerospace event, received $30 billion in orders in three hours, some $10 billion of which were for jumbo passenger jets.

Despite the first-day orders, deals are forecast to be lower than in 2011, the last time the event was held. In addition, announcements made during air shows aren’t always reliable because big orders don’t always coincide with the event and airlines receive large discounts from list prices.

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United Nations Predicts World Population To Hit 7.2 Billion In July

United Nations Predicts World Population To Hit 7.2 Billion In July

BUSINESS

  • World population to reach 9.6 billion in 2050, close to 11 billion in 2100
  • India to overtake China as most populated country in 2028
  • Number of seniors increasing rapidly worldwide

World population is expected to reach 7.2 billion in July and 9.6 billion in 2050, according to the United Nations’ World Population Prospects report.

The world’s population is projected to be close to 11 billion in 2100, depending on birthrates. The majority of the growth up until 2100 will be seen in India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Niger and the United States.

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Developing Nations Drive Investment In Renewable Energy

Developing Nations Drive Investment In Renewable Energy

BUSINESS

  • Developing nations spent $112 billion on renewable energy in 2012 for 46% of world total
  • Industrialized nations spent $132 billion on renewables in 2012, marking a 29% drop
  • Total renewable power capacity grew 8.5% to 1,470 gigawatts in 2012; wind power accounted for highest production

Developing nations are increasing their investment in renewable energy sources, hoping to decrease dependence on fossil fuel imports, says a report from the United Nations' Environment Program (UNEP) and Paris-based renewables policy organization REN21.

Emerging markets have a higher demand for power than developed nations, and many have more favorable conditions to support geothermal, solar and wind technologies.

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BP Report: US Oil Production Sets New Record In 2012

BP Report: US Oil Production Sets New Record In 2012

BUSINESS

  • US oil production increased by 1 million barrels a day for largest-ever yearly increase in 2012
  • Net oil imports to US down by 930,000 barrels a day
  • Global oil production grew 2.2% in 2012

The US oil industry reported an increase in output of 1 million barrels per day in 2012, marking the largest-ever yearly rise according to The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013, the 62nd annual report by oil giant BP Plc.

The increase is attributed to unconventional oil extraction methods, such as fracking, and caused net oil imports to the US to fall by 930,000 barrels a day, marking a 36% drop below their peak in 2005.

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AstraZeneca To Purchase US Respiratory Drug Specialist Pearl Therapeutics

AstraZeneca To Purchase US Respiratory Drug Specialist Pearl Therapeutics

BUSINESS

  • AstraZeneca pays over $1 billion for Pearl Therapeutics to add respiratory disease treatments to its portfolio
  • Market for dual bronchodilators to hit $8 billion in sales by 2021
  • Pearl Therapeutics developing new respiratory drugs

UK-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is purchasing US respiratory drug specialist Pearl Therapeutics for up to $1.15 billion to add respiratory disease treatments to its portfolio.

Initially, AstraZeneca will pay $560 million and, if specific development milestones are met, up to $450 million will be paid, with another $140 million to be added for sales-related payments.

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Automaker Chrysler Recalls Jeep Sport-Utility Vehicles Worldwide

Automaker Chrysler Recalls Jeep Sport-Utility Vehicles Worldwide

BUSINESS

  • Chrysler recalling nearly 630,000 Jeep sport-utility vehicles worldwide due to airbag, seatbelt and transmission cooler line problems
  • Recall affects Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUV models from 2010 to 2012; and Wrangler SUVs
  • Chrysler Automaker refuses to recall older Jeep vehicles despite government request

American automaker Chrysler Group LLC is recalling close to 630,000 Jeep sport-utility vehicles worldwide because of mechanical problems and transmission leaks.

The recall affects 409,000 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUV models sold from 2010 to 2012 as well as 221,000 Wrangler SUVs. The Compass and Patriot models are recalled because of airbag and seat-belt problems, while the Wranglers have reported transmission cooler line leaks. 

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IBM Plans To Purchase Cloud Computing Company SoftLayer Technologies

IBM Plans To Purchase Cloud Computing Company SoftLayer Technologies

BUSINESS

  • IBM aims to better compete in cloud services arena with SoftLayer acquisition
  • IBM to combine existing offer with SoftLayer to form global platform division called Cloud Services
  • IBM cloud business up 70% in 2013 

Technology giant IBM plans to purchase cloud computing company SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount to better compete in the cloud services market against rivals Amazon Inc. and Rackspace Hosting Inc.

A number of companies, including IBM, have been in talks with SoftLayer since March, and the deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

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Salesforce Acquires Marketing Software Maker ExactTarget For $2.5 Billion

Salesforce Acquires Marketing Software Maker ExactTarget For $2.5 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Salesforce buys ExactTarget to better capitalize on social media marketing demand
  • ExactTarget marks Salesforce’s largest acquisition to date
  • Salesforce anticipates annual revenue of over $100 million from ExactTarget and other online-marketing acquisitions

Customer relationship management software and cloud computing giant Salesforce.com is set to purchase marketing software producer ExactTarget for $2.5 billion in a major push to capitalize on the demand for social media marketing.

With an expected end of July approval, the acquisition is Salesforce’s largest to date.

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Singapore Airlines Spends $17 Billion On Aircraft From Airbus, Boeing

Singapore Airlines Spends $17 Billion On Aircraft From Airbus, Boeing

BUSINESS

  • Singapore Airlines buys 60 new jets to better compete against regional airlines
  • New aircraft should help save fuel and modernize fleet
  • Competitor airlines have placed large orders for jets 

Singapore Airlines Ltd., with the third-highest cash reserves of any airline globally, has purchased 60 new airplanes from Airbus and Boeing for $17 billion in an attempt to compete against other regional airlines.

The order is one of the largest ever for the airline, and includes 30 Boeing 787-10X variants, the redesigned Dreamliner, and 30 Airbus A350-900s. The airline also has an option to purchase 20 Airbus aircraft.

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