PARIS Kering shares retreated sharply on Thursday after signs of slowing growth at the French luxury group's Gucci brand, particularly in the United States.
PARIS France's Credit Agricole and Spain's Santander plan to combine their custody and asset servicing operations, in a deal that could point the way for European banks to achieve scale without the complexity of a full merger.
* Business line tie-ups easier than full-blown mergers
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PARIS France's Vivendi said on Monday it was forging ahead with the planned sale of up to 50 percent of its Universal Music Group (UMG), as the iconic division boosted the media conglomerate's quarterly revenue.
PARIS Publicis' shares rose on Monday as analysts welcomed the French advertising company's $4.4 billion takeover of marketing and data company Epsilon.
PARIS LVMH shares hit a record high on Thursday and buoyed those of rivals after the Louis Vuitton owner posted strong first-quarter sales and said that demand for its handbags and high-end fashion had picked up in mainland China.
PARIS French TV group TF1 will exclusively broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup in France, it said on Wednesday, lifting the shares of the country's major TV broadcaster.
* But France had a poor recent Six Nations tournament (Adds share price, fund manager comment and detail)
PARIS/OSLO Stock market operators Euronext and Nasdaq, both vying for the control of Norway's Oslo Bors, have been deemed fit and proper owners by the Norwegian financial supervisory authority, the finance ministry said.
PARIS A consortium led by French utility Engie has won a bid for Petrobras' TAG pipeline arm with an $8.6 billion offer, in a deal that boosts Engie's presence in the fast-growing Brazilian market and helps Petrobras cut debts.