Top Headlines - part 10
BUSINESS July 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
- Merger makes second-largest U.S. tobacco company
- British Imperial Tobacco purchasing some Lorillard products
- Critics want menthol cigarettes outlawed
American tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. has agreed to buy with rival Lorillard Inc. for a deal worth as much as $27.4 billion including debt, forming the second-largest tobacco company in the United States and a major menthol cigarette manufacturer.
Lorillard manufactures the Newport brand, the second-most popular cigarette brand after Marlboro, which accounts for 12% of the $90 billion U.S. market and is one of the few cigarette brands to grow over the past three years.Read more »
BUSINESS July 14, 2014 | 1:34 PM
- Measure aimed at cutting pollution problem
- After 2016 percentage of green vehicles to increase
- Ten percent sales tax to be waived on green vehicles
China, the world’s largest car market in terms of sales, has taken steps to reduce its ever growing pollution problem. Five government ministries and departments created a plan requiring a minimum of 30% of vehicles purchased by government ministries and agencies be new energy vehicles until 2016.
The plan runs until 2016. After 2016, the percentage of green vehicles being purchase will increase yearly, and local provinces also will be required to meet a 30% minimum.Read more »
BUSINESS July 10, 2014 | 1:20 PM
- Apple letter uncovered under Freedom of Information Act
- Apple’s own case was resolved days before
- Children made millions in unauthorized purchases
Days after settling its own case with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell sent a letter to the FTC urging it to investigate Google for the same charges: failing to provide adequate disclosures for in-app transactions.
In the letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioner Julie Brill, obtained by Politico through a Freedom of Information Act request, Sewell claims the Android-based Google Play store has generated a number of consumer complaints about its in-app purchasing system. He cited an article by Consumer Reports.Read more »
BUSINESS July 9, 2014 | 2:14 PM
- Company reacting to lower revenue
- It may work with Turkish Airlines
- Budget flights will be conducted under Wings group
Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe's largest airline by revenue, will be enacting new cost-cutting measures to win back customers and investors, says chief executive Carsten Spohr.
Cost-cutting measures include offering low-cost long-haul flights under a new brand. It will offer the budget flights alone or with a partner. Spohr said the airline was in advanced talks with Turkish Airlines.Read more »
BUSINESS July 8, 2014 | 1:59 PM
- Majority of Samsung’s sales are smartphones
- Some factors beyond company’s control
- Expanding smartphone market slowing
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest technology company by sales, reports revenue and operating profit fell during the second quarter, the third quarter with year-to-year declines.
Operating earnings dropped 22.3%-26.5% from 2013 to $6.9 billion.Read more »
BUSINESS July 7, 2014 | 2:06 PM
- Businesses replacing aging units
- New Windows operating system could spark 2015 sales
- Tablets to overtake PCs, but sales slowing
Personal computer shipments are expected to decline only 2.9% this year, to 276.2 million units, the smallest decline in years, according to research marketing firm Gartner Inc. In 2013, shipments fell 9.5%.
The PC market includes both desktops and laptops as well as ultramobiles, a thin, compact, lightweight laptop designed to be used on the go.Read more »
BUSINESS July 3, 2014 | 3:58 PM
- Technology will allow for more targeted ads
- Other social media sites looking for video ads
- Facebook hoping to increase ad revenue
Facebook, the world’s largest social network, purchased video advertising company LiveRail for an undisclosed amount, reported as $400-$500 million by TechCrunch, as the network takes steps to complement TV ad campaigns.
Founded in 2007, LiveRail works by allowing customers to upload video to its platform and bid for ads in real-time. Clients are matches to the highest bidder using algorithms and also gain better audience targeting. A system is in place to prevent age-limited products such as tobacco and alcohol to be shown to minors.Read more »
BUSINESS July 2, 2014 | 3:03 PM
- Juicy Juice market share steadily falling
- Purchase is firm’s largest
- Nestle selling off brands to simplify product line
Swiss food giant Nestle SA has agreed to sell its Juicy Juice brand to buyout firm Brynwood Partners VII LP through its portfolio company, Harvest Hill Beverage Co. as Nestle sheds underperforming brands.
Juicy Juice debuted in 1977 and was purchased by Nestle in the mid-1980s. In the mid-1990, it was the top-selling juice brand. It is in the 100% juice category; however, health concerns over sugar for children have caused sales to fall steadily in recent years.Read more »
BUSINESS July 1, 2014 | 2:52 PM
- Increased output seen in Asia and United States
- Stimulus in China and Japan showing effect
- Growth in Europe very slow
Manufacturing picked up pace in Asia and the United States in June but remained slow in Europe.
In Asia, months of decline were reversed by stimulus packages in China, the world's second-largest economy, and Japan.Read more »
BUSINESS June 30, 2014 | 2:27 PM
- Devon making shift to oil
- Linn to sell assets to fund purchase
- Both companies making sales and acquisitions
Oil and gas producer Devon Energy Corp. is selling its noncore U.S. oil and gas properties to Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion as it makes the transition to only oil.
The properties, 896,000 net acres, are located mid-continent, off the Gulf Coast and in the Rocky Mountains and produce the equivalent of 275 million cubic feet of gas daily with 1.242 trillion cubic feetin reserve. Eighty percent of what is produced is natural gas.Read more »