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UBS reports no trading loss

UBS Group AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, said its trading businesses did not suffer a loss in the market turmoil that erupted when the Swiss National Bank surprisingly scrapped its limit on the franc. “In aggregate, UBS did not experience negative revenues in its trading businesses in connection with the announcement,” the bank said in a statement yesterday. It said it would provide further information on its outlook for the first quarter when it releases fourth-quarter results next month.


Galaxy expanding in Macau

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd (銀河娛樂集團), the casino operator controlled by billionaire Lui Che-woo (呂志和), plans to spend about HK$57 billion (US$7.4 billion) more to expand in Macau and will recreate New York’s Broadway theater to woo more visitors. The company will add a 3,000-seat entertainment theater in Macau, Lui said yesterday at a press conference in Hong Kong. Galaxy has committed HK$100 billion to Macau’s Cotai strip, with a part of it already invested.


France clears Club Med sale

French regulators on Thursday cleared the way for Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd (復星國際) to buy the holiday resorts group Club Med for about 939 million euros (just more than US$1 billion) and set Feb. 9 as the closing date for the offer. The Financial Markets Authority said that stock market operator Euronext Paris “will make known, in an announcement, the conditions for completing [the deal] and a detailed calendar.”


Sony may delay profit report

Sony Corp yesterday said it was asking Japanese regulators for permission to delay the release of its earnings next month after a cyberattack at its Hollywood film unit compromised “a large amount of data” on its systems. The Japanese firm said its US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment subsidiary will not have time to put together its financial statements owing to the attack linked to its controversial movie The Interview.


Adidas meets targets

Adidas yesterday said it met its targets for last year, but earnings were hit by special factors such as the falling ruble and the sale of its Rockport brand. Full-year sales grew 2 percent to 14.8 billion euros (US$16.7 billion) last year, and net profit “reached the earnings target of around 650 million euros,” the German company said. Adidas said these were 80 million euros in writedowns on its Russian business “as a result of the significant deterioration of the Russian ruble.” In addition, the sale of its Rockport brand would hit profits by a “double-digit million euro amount” or tens of millions euros, it said.


Starbucks profit jumps 82%

Starbucks Corp’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers who snapped up an expanded offerings of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks said it earned US$983.1 million in the quarter ended Dec. 28, or US$1.30 per share. That compared with US$540.7 million or US$0.71 per share, a year earlier. The coffee chain posted revenue of US$4.8 billion in the period, beating consensus forecasts. Analysts expected US$4.79 billion, according to Zacks Investment Research.

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