3:00 PM Frankfurt – ABB agreed to acquire Power-One for approx $1 billion. Betfair rejected takeover bid of £912 million from CVC. Dixons sold its Sweden based Webhallen in 140 million kronor. Delhaize first quarter revenues rose 2.1% to €5.5 billion.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index slid 0.2% or 11.1 to 6,276 and in Frankfurt the DAX index inched lowered 0.1% or 7.2 to 7,453.
In Paris, CAC 40 index fell 0.3% or 12.2 to 3,640.
the Switzerland based power technology agreed to acquire solar photovoltaic inverters maker Power-One Inc. for approx $1 billion.
Share of Power- One in pre-market surged 56%.
Betfair Group Plc
soared 5.3% to 847.92 pence after the UK based online gambling company rejected takeover bid of £912 million or 880 pence a share offered by the private equity firm CVC.
Dixons Retail Plc
climbed 5.3% to 37.07 pence after the UK based consumer electronics retailer sold its Sweden based Webhallen to Komplett AS for a cash consideration of nearly 140 million kronor. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of May.
surged 9.9% to €46.88 after the Belgium based food retailer said revenues in the first quarter rose 2.1% to €5.5 billion. In the U.S., comparable store sales in the quarter increased 1.9%.
The retailer said underlying operating profit in the preliminary result for the quarter soared 13.7% to €214 million and in the U.S. operating margin was 4.2%.
Delhaize expects underlying operating profit for the full year of about €775 million.
the Switzerland based holding company reported sales in the first quarter jumped 5.4% to Sfr21.9 billion. Sales in North and Latin America climbed 5.3% to Sfr6.6 billion and sales grew 1.5% to Sfr3.7 billion from Western, Central and Eastern Europe
The food and beverage group said sales from Oceania region jumped 4.4% to Sfr4.7 billion.