BUSINESS November 5, 2013 | 5:00 PM
Google has introduced a technology called Auto Awesome Movie that produces movies by using collections of photos and video clips uploaded onto its social network Google+.
This move is seen as a bid to better compete with main rival Facebook, and aims to attract both more users and more advertising revenue.Read more »
BUSINESS November 4, 2013 | 5:26 PM
Third-quarter revenue increased 24% to $17.1 billion, beating analyst estimates of $16.8 billion. Meanwhile, the company’s gross profit margin was 27.6%, and sales by third parties made up 40% of sales.
Net losses were $41 million as fulfillment expenses grew 35% to $2.03 billion, and technology and content expenses grew 45% to $1.73 billion. This is the third consecutive quarter the company has posted a net loss.Read more »
BUSINESS October 29, 2013 | 1:26 PM
Boston Scientific, one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers, plans to cut 1,100 to 1,500 jobs globally until 2015 to help trim between $150 million and $200 million in operating expenses and increase operating income margins from up to 25%.
The company further cites the purpose of this move, its third restructuring since 2011, as addressing financial pressure and streamlining production.Read more »
BUSINESS October 28, 2013 | 5:23 PM
Samsung Electronics, Asia’s largest technology company and the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, reported a 26% increase in third-quarter profit from 2012, boosted by smartphone and semiconductor sales. Net profit was $7.6 billion.
This marks the sixth quarter out of the past seven that Samsung has posted record operating profit.Read more »
BUSINESS October 25, 2013 | 12:31 PM
US-based TV and video internet streaming service Netflix has announced impressive third quarter 2013 earnings, with global subscribers now totaling 40 million.
In the US, Netflix added 1.3 million subscribers, bringing it to over 30 million domestic paid subscribers. These numbers have now put Netflix ahead of rival HBO, whose last subscriber count was just under 29 million.Read more »
BUSINESS October 24, 2013 | 5:25 PM
The world’s third-largest brewer Heineken NV revised its outlook for 2013’s full-year profit after a weaker than expected third quarter in both emerging and mature markets. This is the second time Heineken revised its outlook; in April, it lowered expectations for sales growth.
In the third quarter, consolidated organic beer volume fell 3%, and earnings were down 15% with net profit dropping to $665 million. Revenue grew 0.2% excluding acquisitions.Read more »
BUSINESS October 23, 2013 | 11:46 AM
The British government has approved the construction of the first new nuclear power plant in 20 years as part of a domestic-power strategy.
To be built by a foreign consortium at Hinkley Point C in southwestern England, the plant is expected to provide 7% of Britain’s electricity demand for 60 years, which is enough to power 6 million homes.Read more »
BUSINESS October 22, 2013 | 5:20 PM
Chinese businesses have been granted permission to invest in nuclear power plants in the UK as Britain aims to lower the chance of blackouts and increase financing in low-carbon energy up to $177 billion through to 2020.
The deal is also expected to advance Britain’s plans to build a brand new nuclear reactor, its first in almost 20 years. The new reactor will feed into Britain’s overarching goal of developing a minimum of 12 reactors at five locations by the year 2030.Read more »
BUSINESS October 21, 2013 | 2:29 PM
Japanese automaker Toyota is recalling 885,000 vehicles worldwide after discovering an air conditioning unit problem that can lead to airbag and power-steering problems. The models affected by the recall include the Toyota Venza, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry and Camry Hybrid models from 2012 and 2013.
The recall is focused on a water leak from the air conditioning condenser unit, which can cause a short circuit that could result in the airbags to inadvertently deploy or become disabled. In rare cases, power steering could also become disabled.Read more »
BUSINESS October 18, 2013 | 5:57 PM
French food group Danone SA, the world’s largest yogurt manufacturer, has been forced to revise its full-year sales, profitability and free cash flow targets after an Asia recall of high-margin infant formula this summer led to weak third quarter sales. Like-for-like sales growth is now estimated to be between 4.5% and 5%, down from the company’s previous estimate of at least 5%.
Third quarter sales of baby foods fell 8.6%, and the recall is expected to cost Danone $473 million in lost sales. Sales in September were only 40% of sales in July. "Our priority is to get back on track for strong and sustainable growth in this region (Asia) as early as possible in 2014," says Chief Financial Officer Pierre-Andre Terisse.Read more »
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