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U.S. employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions -survey

NEW YORK, Dec 17 CVS Corp’s proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will affect decision-making by a majority of large and mid-size U.S. corporations on employee health benefits, a survey by benefits consultant Aon Plc found.

UPDATE 1-Thai Bev's unit seeks to buy a near $5 bln stake in Sabeco

* Ministry set to conduct auction on Monday (Recasts, adds details of Thai Bev's unit seeking to buy all Sabeco shares)

Stock Quote, M&A, Markets, 6:43am EST

China to reform collective assets in countryside-media

BEIJING, Dec 17 China's Ministry of Agriculture will start reforming collective assets in rural areas next year and set up farmers' cooperatives under a pilot programe, the online edition of the China Securities Journal reported on Sunday.

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Vietnam to name buyer of up to $5 bln stake in top brewer Sabeco

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE, Dec 17 Vietnam is set to auction an up to $5 billion stake in top brewer Sabeco on Monday, with Thai Beverage the only potential bidder to have expressed interest in a majority stake.

Stock Quote, M&A, Markets, 1:05am EST

UPDATE 3-Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

* Co to return cash to shareholders barring other M&A (Adds Breakingviews link)

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