Top Headlines - part 65
BUSINESS May 2, 2012 | 3:21 PM
- Chrysler Q1 net profit of over $470 million best result in 13 years
- Fiat announces 10-fold jump in Q1 profit to over $498 million
- Volkswagen reports $4.2 billion profit, nearly double its 2011 first quarter profit; plans to launch production in China
- Honda Q1 profit up by over 60% from 2011 to $883 million
As the global automotive market rebounds, manufacturing leaders Chrysler, Fiat and Volkswagen recently announced significant increases in first quarter profits: Chrysler’s net profit of over $470 million is its best result in 13 years; Fiat, having increased its stake in Chrysler to over 58% in early 2012, reported a 10-fold jump in profit to over $498 million; and Volkswagen’s $4.2 billion profit is almost double its 2011 first quarter profit.
With an over 11% increase in customer deliveries to 2.2 million vehicles, Volkswagen outclassed other automotive companies globally, particularly in Russia. Meanwhile, Chrysler has recovered nicely from 2009, when it needed a government bailout to survive, with a 39% increase in first quarter sales this year.Read more »
BUSINESS April 27, 2012 | 10:47 AM
- Amgen currently markets two products in Turkey
- Deal to offer both companies strategic edge in acquiring new markets
- Turkish market for pharmaceuticals expanding as its economy grows; Turkey third-fastest growing country among Group of 20
The world’s largest biotechnology company Amgen has purchased close to 96% of Turkish Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals for nearly $700 million as part of its goal to expand into emerging markets.
The deal, which has been approved by both Amgen and MN Pharmaceutical senior management boards, creates a company capable of expanding regionally and attracting new markets. In a statement released to the press, Amgen said the purchase will boost its image in Turkey and is part of a broad international expansion strategy.Read more »
BUSINESS April 26, 2012 | 6:30 PM
- Shell acquisition of Cove represents significant opportunity to enter hydrocarbon market in Mozambique and Kenya
- Vast gas reserves in East Africa could make it a key natural gas industry player
- Shell to increase East Africa exploration budget by 35% to $5 billion
Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to a $1.8 billion deal for the buyout of gas exploration company Cove Energy as it pushes to gain access to huge gas reserves in East Africa.
Shell’s Exploration and Production subsidiary upped an earlier bid by 10% for the Mozambique-focused natural gas explorer, which recommended that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant match an offer from Thai state-run PTT Exploration and Production.Read more »
BUSINESS April 25, 2012 | 4:18 PM
- Nestle bid beats out Groupe Danone and Mead Johnson Nutrition for Pfizer Infant Nutrition Unit
- Pfizer’s infant nutrition unit generates 85% of revenue from developing countries
- Baby food market expected to grow 10% annually through 2016
The world’s largest food company Swiss-based Nestle SA is buying Pfizer’s infant nutrition unit for $11.9 billion, once given the green light from antitrust regulators.
Nestle beat out an $11 billion offer by Groupe Danone, and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. also bid unsuccessfully. The deal is approximately 19.8 times greater than the unit’s 2012 estimated pretax profit.Read more »
BUSINESS April 24, 2012 | 9:41 AM
- China Mobile becomes second 4G operator in Hong Kong alongside Australian company Telstra
- China Mobile hopes 4G technology will help secure contract to sell Apple iPhone
- China Mobile posted Q1 2012 net profit up 3.5% over 211
China Mobile has begun its foray into the 4G market with the launch of next-generation high-speed data services in Hong Kong.
China Mobile, which is the world’s largest mobile phone carrier by subscriber base, has also begun testing wireless data technology in mainland China, with hopes pinned on having its service up and running within two years.Read more »
BUSINESS April 23, 2012 | 9:05 AM
- Coca-Cola volume up 9% in Russia, India, Middle East, Africa
- North America remains growth market for Coca-Cola
- Coca-Cola producing smaller-sized beverage to offset rising costs
Coca-Cola Co is maintaining its leadership in the global soft drink market by growing its global reach to target emerging markets and adding smaller drink sizes to its product offering.
The company reported better-than-expected results for first quarter 2012, recording 8% net profit growth. Volume was also up 9% in Russia, India, the Middle East and Africa. North America was slightly behind, with volume growing 2%.Read more »
BUSINESS April 20, 2012 | 2:42 PM
- Tesco holds 30% market share in UK but profit slipping compared to competitors
- $1.6 billion investment to be used to remodel 430 supermarkets, re-label Value product line, introduce 2,000 new products, and increase products available online
- Tesco plans to add 20,000 new jobs by 2013
Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, will spend $1.6 billion revamping stores to win back market share.
Tesco currently holds 30% of the UK retail market but recently has found profit slipping compared to competitors J Sainsbury Plc., William Morrison Supermarkets Plc. and Asda, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.Read more »
BUSINESS April 19, 2012 | 12:08 PM
- Focus Electric launched in New York, New Jersey and California; to debut in 19 metropolitan areas before being sold nationwide
- Ford survey shows customers uneducated on difference between fuel-efficient cars
- Electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles expected to be only 1% of US vehicle sales through to 2017
US automaker Ford has rolled out its Focus Electric without much fanfare, and it may be paying the price as in the first quarter of 2012 only two dozen vehicles were sold.
So far, the Focus Electric has been launched in New York, New Jersey and California. It will next debut in 19 metropolitan areas before being sold nationwide.Read more »
BUSINESS April 18, 2012 | 10:03 AM
- Expedia to conduct thorough overhaul of rating system
- Total number of verified reviews available to Expedia customers to total over 7.5 million
- TripAdvisor criticized for its instant 1-to-5 rating system
Online travel booking site Expedia is modifying its review system after recent controversial hotel ratings. The driving factor behind this initiative is increased pressure from the hotel industry, which is trying to fight against unfavorable ratings from competitors and sometimes fake or paid-for review writers.
Expedia.com says it will conduct a “thorough overhaul” of its hotel reviews feature. “As part of this overhaul, Expedia will incorporate all verified reviews from its sister company, Hotels.com, into its collection, which will bring the total number of verified reviews available to Expedia customers to total more than 7.5 million,” writes Hotel Online.Read more »
WORLD April 17, 2012 | 11:01 AM
- TSA sees 70% failure rate in detecting threats in random tests
- US Travel Association says 66% of travelers would fly more if security procedures were less intrusive
- Economist debate concludes US should return airport security to pre-9/11 levels and spend savings on “intelligence, investigation and emergency response”
Currently, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has an $8 billion annual budget and a 70% failure rate detecting threats related to weapons and bomb components in random tests, according to the Economist magazine.
These findings beg the question of whether the multi-billion dollar airport security measures in the US are doing more harm than good.Read more »