FINANCE August 17, 2011 | 11:34 AM
After continued worries of a soaring currency, Japan saw its yen fall to 76.5 on August 19, after it had recently reached a post World War II record high against the dollar.
The decline came as Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that he is prepared to take strong action to curb the currency's strength. Since the announcement, the yen has fallen from 79.04 on August 4 to 76.8 today.Read more »
FINANCE August 9, 2011 | 6:58 PM
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. posted its fourth quarter results, which reveal a sales increase of $89 million for the company and a profit gain of 91 cents per share for investors.
Fourth quarter earnings rose from $0.07 per share in quarter three to a pleasing $0.21 per share, with annual earnings reaching $0.58 per share. Its quarterly profit reversed a net loss of over $26 million, or 91 cents per share.Read more »
FINANCE August 5, 2011 | 10:45 AM
LinkedIn has further beat expectations with initial earnings showing profit of $4.5 million, or close to 4 cents a share, in its second-quarter. Further, revenue rose by over 115% from $54.9 million in the same quarter last year to $121 million.
These results contrasted with analyst predictions of a 1 to 4% share net loss, and were a slight increase from its $4.3 million profit as a private firm in the second quarter of 2010.Read more »
FINANCE August 1, 2011 | 4:01 PM
San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma retail chain is making plans to bring its gourmet cookware and upmarket furnishings to the United Kingdom. Williams-Sonoma hopes to debut its first UK store in London, seeking a 5,000 to 8,000 square foot unit for its new shop.
Williams-Sonoma, which currently operates a mail-order service to over 75 countries, has appointed Property Agent Harper Dennis Hobbs to assist in securing their first store, which is set to launch within the first half of 2012.Read more »
FINANCE July 29, 2011 | 10:45 AM
Switzerland's largest bank UBS has announced plans to cut jobs and push back their 2014 profit target. Net income fell to 1.02 billion Swiss francs ($1.27 billion) in the second quarter.
Analysts overestimated the company's net income by 27 million Swiss francs. One year ago, net income was 2.01 billion Swiss francs, roughly double that of this year's amount. Net profit dropped 49% due to a strong Swiss franc and slow trading in currencies and commodities. UBS stock fell 12% over the past year.Read more »
FINANCE July 29, 2011 | 10:22 AM
Adobe has acquired EchoSign, a Palo Alto-based firm that is a leader in the provision of on-demand electronic signature services, for an undisclosed sum.
Adobe will include EchoSign's electronic signature technology in its document exchange services platform, which includes the file transfer service SendNow, the form-creation tool FormsCentral, and CreatePDF, which is used to generate PDF documents online.Read more »
FINANCE July 27, 2011 | 11:06 AM
Fiat has renewed its majority ownership to nearly 54% in Chrysler after buying back 6% from the US Treasury and Canadian Government for $710 million. Fiat aims to up its stake to 59% by the end of 2011, and hopes the final merger will be sealed mid next year, when it has an option to buy the remaining shares.
Fiat lost 10% ownership to the US and Canadian governments following the Chrysler bankruptcy bailout plan in the summer of 2009. The bailout debt was $12.5 billion, of which Fiat has already paid $11.2 billion back to the US Treasury, six months ahead of schedule.Read more »
FINANCE July 26, 2011 | 4:12 PM
Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or roughly 11% of their global workforce, after first-quarter profits plunged 10%. Financial pressure also came from market share loss, which fell nearly 5% in three months, and declining stock prices, which were cut in half this year.
RIM shares were at $26, or down nearly 2%, on the Toronto Stock Exchange following the announcement on July 25.Read more »
FINANCE July 22, 2011 | 5:17 PM
Bookstore giant Borders has begun the process to liquidate its 399 remaining stores across the US. Having filed for bankruptcy last February when it closed a third of its outlets, Borders subsequently failed to find itself a bidder.
According to Publishers Weekly, private equity firm Najafi Companies had made a $215 million bid earlier this month, but the chain opted to sell itself to liquidators Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC.Read more »
FINANCE July 20, 2011 | 11:42 AM
Drug specialist Allergan Inc. will purchase all remaining shares and assets of Vicept Therapeutics, a privately-held dermatology company. The strategic acquisition will include an upfront cash payment of $75 million by Allergan, plus up to $200 million in aggregate payments.
Allergan's stock (AGN) steadily increased shortly after the announcement, closing at $84.02 on July 19. The aim of the agreement is for Allergan to expand its skin therapy treatment segment. Vicept's main research product is V-101, a topical cream that will be used to treat the erythema, or redness, that is associated with treatment of rosacea.Read more »
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