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Aviva, Friends Life 5.6 billion pound merger plan makes sense: investors

LONDON - Aviva's potential 5.6 billion pound ($8.8 billion) purchase of Friends Life reflects a need to consolidate and cut costs in Britain's insurance industry, fund managers said.

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Intel could rise 30 percent over next two years: Barron's

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Giving thanks for big stock gains

NEW YORK - U.S. stock investors head into the Thanksgiving holiday thankful for the market's recent strength, which puts major indexes on track for another year of double-digit gains, though the swiftness of the advance has raised eyebrows.

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Lufthansa says it has gained market share in Germany

FRANKFURT - Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa has won a bigger slice of its domestic market in recent months, its chief executive told newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

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Italian bank Intesa eyes UK's Coutts International: FT

- Italy's retail bank Intesa SanPaolo is looking at a possible bid for Coutts International, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland , the Financial Times reported.

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Telecom firms call for change to BT's business broadband 'monopoly'

LONDON - Britain's biggest telecoms service providers have filed a complaint to media regulator Ofcom demanding greater competition in the business broadband market, where they say BT has an effective monopoly.

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