Top Headlines - part 69
BUSINESS September 11, 2012 | 11:14 AM
- GM aims to bring 90% of IT jobs in-house, up from 10% today
- GM to open four IT centers in US to improve business procedures, develop technology
- First tech center now open in Austin, TX
Leading American automaker General Motors Co. plans to add up to 10,000 information technology positions worldwide over the next five years in an effort to eliminate the company’s reliance on outside IT organizations.
The new jobs will focus on making the company more efficient, which, the company hopes, will lead to reduced costs. GM also plans to develop software, with the goal of boosting revenue and market share.Read more »
BUSINESS September 10, 2012 | 2:30 PM
- Qantas Airways to partner with Emirates starting April 2013
- Emirates deal to help Qantas cut profit loss and expand European services
- New partnership latest addition to Qantas plan to overhaul international network
Qantas Airways of Australia has announced a partnership with Emirates of Dubai on its European routes; the Sydney-based carrier is ending a nearly 20-year partnership with British Airways in view of curbing its profit loss on international operations.
The new 10-year agreement will enable Qantas to provide its customers flights to over 70 destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as its European hub moves from Singapore to Dubai. Qantas anticipates that collaborating with Emirates, the world’s largest international carrier, will facilitate its recovery from the $459 million it lost in long-haul operations for the financial year that ended in June.Read more »
BUSINESS September 7, 2012 | 10:49 AM
- McDonald’s catering to local tastes in India with vegetarian-menu-only restaurants
- Majority of India’s population does not eat beef or pork due to religious reasons
- Half of McDonald’s menu in India already vegetarian
McDonald’s Corp., one of the world's largest fast-food chains, has plans to open its first vegetarian-menu-only locations in India in an attempt to capture more of the Indian market.
McDonald’s tailors its menus worldwide to suit local tastes. In India, its menu offers no pork or beef, with only chicken and vegetarian options.Read more »
BUSINESS September 6, 2012 | 2:45 PM
- Baidu aims to have new mobile browser downloaded by 80% of Android users
- Number of mobile internet users in China rises to 388 million
- Baidu plans to invest $1.6 billion in cloud computing
Baidu Inc., China’s leading search engine, has launched a new mobile browser in an effort to capture the nation’s vast mobile internet market. Baidu Explorer is said to be 20% faster than products from main competitors, including Apple’s Safari, UCWeb Inc's UC Browser and Google’s Chrome.
China has seen its number of mobile internet users rise to 388 million out of the its overall internet market of 538 million users. According to a government report recently released, for the first time the number of mobile users in China has surpassed the number of desktop users accessing the internet.Read more »
BUSINESS September 5, 2012 | 11:24 AM
- Campari aims to expand in North America with Lascelles de Mercado & Co acquisition
- Deal includes brands Coruba, Wray & Nephew, Appleton Special/White and Appleton Estate
- Rum third most popular spirit behind vodka and scotch
Italian aperitif manufacturer Gruppo Campari will purchase Jamaican rum maker Lascelles de Mercado & Co for $415 million in an effort to expand in the North American market.
The Milan-based company will purchase an 81.4% majority stake from Caribbean conglomerate CL Financial Ltd, which is run by the government of Trinidad and Tobago who took over management of the company after a 2009 bailout.Read more »
BUSINESS September 4, 2012 | 2:43 PM
- Valeant to buy Medicis for $2.6 billion; first takeover since failed Cephalon bid last year
- Buyout to add Botox rival Dysport to Valeant’s skin care portfolio
- Deal expected to account for 50% of total revenue
Leading Canadian drug company Valeant Pharmaceuticals has finalized a $2.6 billion deal to take over dermatology product maker Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp, reviving a buying spree that has been stagnant since a failed bid for biopharmaceutical company Cephalon Inc last year.
In recent months, the specialty pharmaceuticals company has been concentrating on building up its dermatology portfolio in North America, particularly in the United States. The acquisition of Medicis will add Botox rival Dysport to Valeant’s skin care lineup as well a range of other skin treatments, including the acne drug Solodyn.Read more »
BUSINESS September 3, 2012 | 12:29 PM
- Same-store sales for chain stores rose by 6%
- Back-to-school shopping for K-12 and college students expected to hit $84 billion
- 70% of US economic activity gained from consumer spending
US retailers posted August sales that exceeded forecasts, according to data compiled by retail analysts at Retail Metrics Inc. and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Same-store sales for chain stores on a whole rose by 6%, driven by promotions for back-to-school shopping as well as cooler weather conditions.
Sales were also aided by state sales tax holidays.Read more »
BUSINESS August 31, 2012 | 10:21 AM
- Lexmark to focus on laser printer market, software and imaging
- 1,700 jobs to be cut in restructuring
- Lexmark inkjet printers revenue down 35% compared to last year
It is the end of an era for printer maker Lexmark International as the company plans to close its inkjet printer division to focus on laser printers, software and imaging.
A key factory in the Philippines will close by 2015, and worldwide some 1,700 jobs will be eliminated, representing 13% of the company’s workforce. In January, 625 positions related to consumer ink supplies were already cut.Read more »
BUSINESS August 30, 2012 | 10:32 AM
- Ford to begin selling luxury Lincoln brand vehicle in China by 2014
- Ford invested $5 billion in China over past 6 years
- Ford aims to double its dealerships and assembly plants in China
Leading automotive manufacturer Ford will sell its Lincoln brand vehicle in China within the next two years as it vies for a share of the luxury segment of the world’s largest car market.
The company did not reveal how much it will invest in the Chinese Lincoln venture, but the announcement comes on the back of some $5 billion pumped into the Chinese market as Ford attempts to close the gap with industry leaders General Motors and Volkswagen.Read more »
BUSINESS August 29, 2012 | 5:38 PM
- Samsung ruled to have violated 6 out of 7 Apple patents, ordered to pay $1.05 billion
- Apple files paperwork to have 8 Samsung products banned
- Smartphones using Google's Android operating system may be forced to make changes to product models
Apple has won a major victory in its court battle with Samsung Electronics over patent disputes, with a US federal court ruling Samsung infringed on 6 out of 7 Apple iPhone and iPad patents. The penalty is a $1.05 billion fine for Samsung.
The verdict follows a South Korean court ruling that both companies infringed on patents.Read more »