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Coca-Cola Increases Investment In India to $5 Billion

Coca-Cola Increases Investment In India to $5 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Coca-Cola adding $3 billion investment in India; has invested $2 billion in India over past 19 years
  • Coca-Cola trails rival Pepsi Co. in India
  • India represents $10 billion market and one of Coca-Cola’s top-ten markets

Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest soft drinks manufacturer, plans to invest $3 billion more than previous announced in its Indian division over the next eight years. In November, Coke announced it would be investing $2 billion, but decided to up its investment after growth increased in Asia earlier this year.

Prior to this, Coke invested $2 billion in India over the past 19 years.

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SalesForce Ups Social Media Competition With Buddy Media Buy

SalesForce Ups Social Media Competition With Buddy Media Buy

BUSINESS

  • Social marketing platform Buddy Media to help SalesForce better compete in social media sector, keep up with customer demand
  • Salesforce estimates acquisition will boost revenue $20 million - $25 million annually
  • Deal largest in Salesforce history

Salesforce.com Inc., which sells CRM software and cloud computing services, is buying social marketing platform Buddy Media for $689 million so it can better compete in the growing social media sector.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says the company chose Buddy Media because of its reputable products and the strength of its platform, adding the acquisition will allow Salesforce to keep up with customer demand.

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Starbucks Rolls Out The Dough To Buy Bakery

Starbucks Rolls Out The Dough To Buy Bakery

BUSINESS

  • Coffee shop chain to purchase Bay Bread for $100 million
  • Purchase will help Starbucks achieve its goal of more food choices
  • Offering baked goods will allow Starbucks to compete against fast food chains

Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee-shop chain, will purchase San Francisco-based Bay Bread LLC for $100 million in cash in an effort to boost the number of its non-coffee offerings. The purchase includes 19 retail locations and the brand name La Boulange.

La Boulange products are sold at San Francisco area grocery stores, hotels and restaurants, with products including French style bread, homemade granola and flank steak sandwiches.

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Internet Use To Surge in Middle East And Africa by 2016

Internet Use To Surge in Middle East And Africa by 2016

BUSINESS

  • Fastest growing internet traffic in Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
  • Popularity of smartphones, internet-based tablets and other mobile technology devices driving surge in usage
  • Wi-Fi availability will account for nearly half of all IP traffic by 2016

Cisco Systems’ Visual Networking Index (VNI), which analyzes the growth and use of IP networks worldwide, predicts that internet traffic will grow at a rate of 29%, with nearly 19 billion total global mobile and fixed network connections by 2016. 

In a recent statement, Cisco said: “The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes).”

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Record 3-Year Low For Macau Gambling Growth

Record 3-Year Low For Macau Gambling Growth

BUSINESS

  • Macau gambling growth sees record 3-year low of 7.3% in May 2012
  • Weak Chinese economy affecting gaming industry
  • Sands China ends appeal to expand in Macau

Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau reports that Macau, the world’s largest gambling destination, saw revenue grow in May 2012 by 7.3%, which is the smallest percentage of increase since 2009. The number is also much lower than the 22% seen in April, and the 70%-90% growth rates seen in 2010.

Macau, located on the South China Sea, reports gambling revenue five times that of Las Vegas. It saw its initial industry boom aided by rising property values in China as well as a rise in disposable income.

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Caterpillar Gets $115 Million For South African Distribution Business

Caterpillar Gets $115 Million For South African Distribution Business

BUSINESS

  • Barloworld purchasing South African Bucyrus from Caterpillar
  • Sale follows Caterpillar’s usual pattern of selling through distributors
  • Deal to close in third quarter

Caterpillar Global Mining LLC, the world's largest manufacturer of bulldozers, excavators and other earth-moving machinery, will sell a portion of its distribution-and-support business Bucyrus to Barloworld Ltd. for $115 million.

The sale comes less than a year after Caterpillar purchased Bucyrus for $7.6 billion.

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Oil Giant Repsol Leaving Argentina, Launching New Exploration Projects Globally

Oil Giant Repsol Leaving Argentina, Launching New Exploration Projects Globally

BUSINESS

  • Repsol to invest $23.8 billion in a strategic development plan
  • Argentine President Cristina Kirchner nationalized YPF in May to save nation from rising oil costs
  • Repsol leaving Argentina with $9 billion in debt, seeks $9.9 billion in compensation for expropriated shares

Spanish oil giant Repsol plans to invest $23.8 billion over the next four years in a strategic move to compensate for the loss of its Argentine gas and oil unit YPF to nationalization.

Most of the investment, or $15.8 billion, will go to new oil exploration projects in Spain, Russia, South America, the United States and Algeria.

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HP Cuts 27,000 Jobs Globally To Save $3.5 Billion by 2014

HP Cuts 27,000 Jobs Globally To Save $3.5 Billion by 2014

BUSINESS

  • Layoffs comprise 8% of company’s nearly 350,000 employees worldwide
  • HP and rival Dell trying to stay relevant as PC sales fall due to popularity of mobile devices
  • Previous attempts to cut HP’s spending have not worked

Hewlett-Packard, the largest technology company in the US, is preparing to lay off up to 27,000 employees as part of CEO Meg Whitman’s restructuring plan. Seen as a cost-cutting measure, the layoffs are expected to save the company up to $3.5 billion by 2014.

The layoffs comprise 8% of the company’s nearly 350,000 employees worldwide and are expected to come primarily from the printing division, which in March was merged with the personal systems division. In 2011, profit in the printing division fell 10% and sales were stagnant.

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Motorola Belongs To Google Now For $12.5 Billion

Motorola Belongs To Google Now For $12.5 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Google says Motorola purchase will not give it unfair advantage, but will help increase competition
  • Google to report to China over next 5 years on openness of Android software
  • Android software to help Google better compete against Apple iPhone

The largest wireless-equipment deal in a decade is now final, with Google set as the new owner of Motorola Mobility for the purchase price of $12.5 billion.

Google Chief Executive Larry Page made the announcement on the company’s blog: "Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google." 

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Who Is Winning the Smartphone Market War? Google Android & Apple iOS

Who Is Winning the Smartphone Market War? Google Android & Apple iOS

BUSINESS

  • Android handsets, Apple iPhones dominating smartphone market share at over 80% combined in early 2012
  • Other platforms struggling, namely Blackberry with just over 6% share
  • Smartphone market up 50% overall in past year

In the past year, Android handsets and Apple iPhones (iOS) have outshone the once-dominant BlackBerry smartphones. Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals that the first quarter of 2012 saw a more than 25% increase of Android and iOS platforms among total smartphones shipped globally over first quarter of 2011.

Smartphones using Android, Google’s operating system, accounted for 59% of all phones shipped in early 2012, or nearly 90 million units, while Apple iPhones accounted for 23%, or over 35 million units shipped.

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