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TOKYO - Asian shares tumbled to nine-month lows on Thursday as slowing Chinese manufacturing activity exacerbated sentiment already unnerved by the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirming the Fed would begin reducing its stimulus spending later this year.
DETROIT - A new company hopes to make the car-buying process easier for consumers and more efficient for dealers by bringing cars to buyers for test drives, avoiding the need to spend hours at a dealership.
BEIJING/HONG KONG - China reiterated its opposition on Thursday to a European Union plan to limit airline carbon dioxide emissions and called for talks to resolve the issue a day after its major airlines refused to pay any carbon costs under the new law.
Guardian-owner ends talks on Auto Trader sale: FT
LONDON (Reuters) - The publisher of Britain's Guardian and Observer newspapers has ended talks on selling its stake in Trader Media Group because the price offered fell short of expectations, the Financial Times said on Thursday.
Trader Media Group, which owns the Auto Trader classified cars sales website and magazine, is a joint venture between Guardian Media Group (GMG) and private venture company Apax, and its profits help offset operating losses at GMG's newspapers.
The Financial Times, citing two people with knowledge of the offer, said Apax had been interested in buying GMG's 50.1 percent stake at a price that valued the group at about 1.2 billion pounds ($1.9 billion), including net debt of 600 million pounds.
That fell short of GMG's expectations, it said.
GMG's talks with other private equity investors have also ended, the FT said. Groups including Hellman & Friedman and KKR have been reportedly been interested.
A spokesman for GMG declined to comment. Apax officials were not available for comment.
($1 = 0.6313 British pounds)
(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Matt Driskill)
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