Deals

French regulator approves Numericable-Virgin deal

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PARIS - France's competition watchdog said on Thursday it had given its go-ahead to Numericable's purchase of Virgin Mobile France.

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Airbus could shed full Dassault stake by end of 2015: sources 6:05pm GMT

PARIS - Airbus Group and Dassault Aviation aim to oversee the complete sale of Airbus's 4.8 billion-euro stake in the French planemaker by the end of next year, two people familiar with the matter said.

Exclusive: Hutchison ready to enter race for UK mobile firms EE, O2 - sources 7:39pm GMT

LONDON - Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Britain's fourth largest mobile operator 3 Group, is preparing a bid for EE or O2, the mobile groups already in talks on a deal with BT Group, several sources familiar with the matter said.

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Dalian Wanda to seek HK approval for up to $6 billion IPO on Monday: IFR 4:10am GMT

HONG KONG - Chinese real estate developer Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, a unit of billionaire Wang Jianlin's Dalian Wanda Group, will seek approval from Hong Kong's bourse for an up to $6 billion initial public offering on Monday, IFR reported late on Wednesday citing sources familiar with the plans.

Vivendi closes SFR sale, to repay bond debt 7:30pm GMT

PARIS - French media group Vivendi said on Thursday it had closed the sale of mobile carrier SFR to domestic cable company Numericable for 13.37 billion euros ($16.7 billion).

Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds 11:19am GMT

FRANKFURT - Investment in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger advisory firm said on Thursday.

On mobile, BT to make the call on bigger EE or easier O2 deal 3:55pm GMT

LONDON/PARIS - BT Group's choice between buying Britain's number one or two mobile operator will come down to whether the broadband leader wants to stretch to buy EE, a higher quality, larger company, or take the lower risk, simpler option presented by 02.

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Indonesia's Lion Group buying ATR planes worth $1 billion in Asia expansion 9:03am GMT

SINGAPORE - Indonesia's Lion Group is buying an additional 40 aircraft from ATR for $1 billion at list prices, the companies said, in a move that will make Lion the biggest customer of the European manufacturer.

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