Dec 31 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:
* Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is considering making a bid for Portuguese lender Novo Banco SA, the bank carved out of Banco Espirito Santo SA (BES), Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
* Italy’s Benetton family is ready to halve its 50 percent stake in World Duty Free to make the travel retailer more attractive to a potential partner in the industry, two sources close to the matter said.
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