French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on July 8

PARIS, July 8 Mon Jul 8, 2013 2:43am EDT

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PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.

KERING

The company said it completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Italian jewellery group Pomellato.

VIVENDI

The entertainment-to-telecom group is exploring alternative moves to extract cash from its Activision Blizzard unit after failing to sell part of its 61-percent stake in the U.S. video games business, the Financial Times reported on its website on Sunday.

BNP PARIBAS

The French bank is buying a 50 percent stake in Dutch bank ING's Chinese insurance joint venture.

THEOLIA

Macquarie European infrastructure fund has agreed to buy Theolia, a French wind power company, for 1.70 euros per share. The offer has been backed by the board of Theolia and is subject to regulatory approval.

GDF-SUEZ

GDF-Suez has formed a consortium with Portugal's EDP to bid for offshore wind projects that France is soliciting offers for by November 29, according to a Les Echos report.

ESSILOR

The French eye-glasses maker said it would buy 50 percent of Polycore Optical, a maker of lenses for sunglasses, for an undisclosed amount. Polycore Optical has annual sales of 30 million euros and is already a supplier of Essilor.

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