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UPDATE 5-SABMiller rejects AB InBev's $104 bln takeover approach

* Top shareholder Altria supports offer, No. 2 does not (Adds comments by AB InBev CEO)

U.S. formally ends fight with Steris over Synergy merger

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 - U.S. antitrust enforcers on Wednesday formally dropped opposition to U.S. medical technology firm Steris Corp's plan to merge with British sterilization services provider Synergy Health Plc.

Regulatory News 5:25pm BST

AB InBev CEO delays talk of hostile bid for SABMiller

LONDON, Oct 7 - Anheuser-Busch InBev Chief Executive Carlos Brito does not want to talk about making a hostile bid for rival brewer SABMiller, saying he hopes shareholders will urge the board to engage concerning the existing offer.

Regulatory News 2:49pm BST

TIMELINE-SABMiller would be culmination of years of deals for AB Inbev

Oct 7 - Anheuser-Busch InBev has approached its biggest rival SABMiller with about a takeover that would form a brewing group producing a third of the world's beer.

1:32pm BST

Vonovia deputy head leaves for metering group ista - sources

FRANKFURT, Oct 7 - Vonovia's Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Thomas Zinnoecker, is leaving Germany's largest property group to join metering firm ista, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Private Capital 1:16pm BST

MOVES-Eni's former trading head leaves company

MILAN, Oct 7 - The former head of trading at Italy's Eni, Marco Alvera, has left the company after 10 years of service, a spokeswoman for the oil major said on Wednesday.

12:46pm BST

S.Africa pension fund says backs Johannesburg listing of SABMiller

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 7 - SABMiller's fourth largest shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), said on Wednesday Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover offer addressed its one of its concerns which is for SABMiller to remain listed in Johannesburg bourse.

AB InBev says expects to have BevCo support for SABMiller deal

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, said on Wednesday it expected to have the support for its takeover offer for rival SABMiller from the Santo Domingo family, a major shareholder of the UK-based brewer.

Regulatory News, 8:16am BST

Vodafone goes back to basics after failed Liberty deal

LONDON, Oct 7 - With a $120 billion merger with Liberty Global off the table, Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao needs his strategy of higher network investments and acquisitions of European cable companies to start paying off, quickly.

Regulatory News 8:00am BST

BRIEF-Heineken realigns ownership interests in Jamaica, Malaysia, Singapore and Ghana

* Heineken realigns ownership interests in Jamaica, Malaysia, Singapore and Ghana

7:28am BST

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