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BELGIUM

Apple's "sweet" tax deal with Ireland being scrutinised
Apple's "sweet" tax deal with Ireland being scrutinised

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The prospect of the European Union accusing Apple of getting illegal tax breaks in Ireland has reopened a debate on how European countries attract multinational businesses. It has also put Dublin back in the spotlight.

1 Oct 2014 11:30

BELGIUM

Samsung, Philips and Infineon fined for cartel
Samsung, Philips and Infineon fined for cartel

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Commission has fined Infineon, Philips and Samsung a total of €138m for forming a smartcard chip cartel in Europe in its latest anti-trust case against technology firms.

4 Sep 2014 11:04

BELGIUM

EU clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal despite Bose legal claims
EU clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal despite Bose legal claims

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Commission has cleared Apple's $3bn purchase of US headphone manufacturer and music streaming business Beats despite Bose lodging court papers claiming patent infringements.

29 Jul 2014 09:02

BELGIUM

EU says international companies got 'illegal state aid'
EU says international companies got 'illegal state aid'

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Union launched a probe to determine whether the special tax deals offered to Apple and Starbucks by authorities in Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands amount to illegal state aid.

12 Jun 2014 07:44

BELGIUM

Europe's manufacturing sector posts highest growth in 31 months
Europe's manufacturing sector posts highest growth in 31 months

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Business activity in the eurozone posted its strongest growth in 31 months in a fresh sign of recovery although France remained subdued, a key survey showed.

3 Jan 2014 08:41

BELGIUM

EU launches anti-trust probe into container shipping lines
EU launches anti-trust probe into container shipping lines

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Commission said it had opened an anti-trust probe into several unnamed container shipping companies to see if they have acted in concert to rig the market.

26 Nov 2013 06:56

BELGIUM

AB InBev reports better than expected third quarter
AB InBev reports better than expected third quarter

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The world's largest brewer AB InBev reported better-than-expected third-quarter results despite unfavourable macroeconomic conditions that undermined sales, notably in Brazil and the United States.

4 Nov 2013 08:30

BELGIUM

E-cigarette makers go to war with EU
E-cigarette makers go to war with EU

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Makers and users of electronic cigarettes on Tuesday (3 September) went to war against the European Union's plans to class the devices as medicinal products, saying any such move would end up harming public health.

4 Sep 2013 14:06

BELGIUM

Beer taps open on AB InBev's profits
Beer taps open on AB InBev's profits

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The world's largest brewer AB InBev reported on Wednesday (31 July) better-than-expected second-quarter results, sending its shares price sharply as it benefited from its acquisition of the Corona beer brand in Mexico.

1 Aug 2013 06:24

BELGIUM

EU to spend €960bn creating jobs
EU to spend €960bn creating jobs

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: - European Union (EU) leaders met on Thursday (27 June) to find ways of delivering growth and jobs for Europe's 'lost generation' of young people as crisis-induced austerity and high unemployment test voters' trust in the union.

28 Jun 2013 09:26

BELGIUM

Belgium chocolates are changing

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Belgium is rightly proud of its status as a producer of some of the world's finest chocolate but changing tastes and new markets in Asia and the Arab world are shaking up its chocolate production.

31 Dec 2012 10:05

BELGIUM

Renewable M&As market rallies
Renewable M&As market rallies

LONDON, UK: North America's switch on to energy efficiency has driven their position in the global renewable M&A market in the last 12 months, and could act as a driver for the region to become the dominant renewables market within three years, according to new analysis by PwC. In Europe, however, regulatory uncertainty clouds European deals.

29 Mar 2011 08:50

BELGIUM

Europe will remain home of luxury retail
Europe will remain home of luxury retail

LONDON, UK: Despite huge growth in China, the market for luxury retail in Europe will remain the most lucrative in the world and will grow by nearly US$60 billion (about R431 billion) to be worth US$175 billion (about R1257 billion) by 2015 finds Verdict, one of the Datamonitor group of companies.

By Published by Verdict 9 Feb 2011 09:28

BELGIUM

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011 11:00

BELGIUM

Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes
Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010 06:22

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