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ROMANIA

Microsoft licences: Romania's probe of state officials

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: Romanian prosecutors carried out 56 searches this week in a vast investigation into money laundering and bribery linked to Microsoft software licences that involved millions of Euros, the anti-corruption prosecutor's office said.

17 Oct 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Metair's profits of R274.2m in six months

Automotive industry manufacturer and distributor Metair Investments has reported diluted headline earnings per share of 140c for the six months to June fractionally higher than the 139c a share in the same period last year.

30 Aug 2013

GERMANY

Demand for smartphones higher than ever before in Europe

NUREMBURG, GERMANY: In 2011, demand for mobile phones once again increased in Europe, largely as a result of the rising popularity of smartphones. According to GfK, 3.2% more mobile phones were sold in 2011, in particular the sales of smartphones increased by 67%.

15 Feb 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Renewable M&As market rallies

LONDON, UK: North America's switch on to energy efficiency has driven their position in the global renewable M&A market in the last 12 months, and could act as a driver for the region to become the dominant renewables market within three years, according to new analysis by PwC. In Europe, however, regulatory uncertainty clouds European deals.

29 Mar 2011

UNITED STATES

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011