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Business News - part 42

Cisco Systems Acquires Data Virtualization Services Specialist Composite Software

Cisco Systems Acquires Data Virtualization Services Specialist Composite Software

BUSINESS

  • Cisco Systems to acquire Composite Software for $180 million
  • Deal allows Cisco to gain products that help companies view data from diverse sources across the network in one virtual warehouse
  • Composite Software purchase in line with data centre trend from physical to virtual, as well as Cisco’s plans to expand its software services

In a bid to expand beyond its network gear sales, Cisco Systems will acquire California-based data virtualization services and software vendor Composite Software for $180 million.

With this deal, expected to close within the first fiscal year quarter of 2014, Cisco will gain products that help companies view data from diverse sources across the network – including cloud environments and big data – in one virtual warehouse.

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General Motors Breaks Ground On New Cadillac Plant In China

General Motors Breaks Ground On New Cadillac Plant In China

BUSINESS

General Motors Co. (GM) reinforced its pledge to China at its recent groundbreaking for a new Cadillac factory in Shanghai as it aims to target luxury car buyers.

In a market chiefly dominated by such brands as Audi and BMW, GM has made it a priority to increase Cadillac sales in China.

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Russia's Rosneft Signs $270-Billion Deal To Double Oil Flow To China

Russia's Rosneft Signs $270-Billion Deal To Double Oil Flow To China

BUSINESS

  • Rosneft shifts from supplying Europe to supplying Asia with oil
  • CNPC buys 20% stake in OAO Novatek’s Yamal liquefied natural gas project
  • Deal allows Rosneft to cut debt and develop Arctic oil fields

Russia’s OAO Rosneft, the world's largest publicly listed oil firm, has signed a $270 billion deal with China National Petroleum Corp. to double the amount of oil to be shipped to China over the next 25 years as the company shifts from supplying Europe to supplying Asia.

Under the agreement, Rosneft will supply 300,000 barrels per day starting in the second half of the decade, which is in addition to the 300,000 bpd it already supplies. 

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Network Equipment Giant Alcatel-Lucent To Sell Assets, Cut Costs

Network Equipment Giant Alcatel-Lucent To Sell Assets, Cut Costs

BUSINESS

  • Alcatel-Lucent to sell $1.3 billion in company assets, cut $1.3 billion in costs
  • Alcatel-Lucent struggling since 2006 merger of Alcatel SA and Lucent
  • Restructuring plan aims to increase IP networking division operating margins from 2.4% to 12.5% by 2015

French network-equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Officer Chief Michel Combes plans to sell $1.3 billion in company assets and cut another $1.3 billion in costs in an effort to save the struggling company.

An additional $1.3 billion will be saved by debt refinancing.

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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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