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BBVA becomes the first Spanish bank to open a branch in Taiwan

BBVA’s representative office in Taipei, set up in 2006, is now a full branch. The entity is now the first Spanish bank to open a branch in Taiwan and the first European bank to open one since the financial crisis began. BBVA began building its Asian franchise over 30 years ago and now has operations in the continent’s main financial centers. The Taipei branch will be added to the group’s…


Pocoyo goes to Latin America

MADRID | Spain's Zinkia Entertainment signed a strategic agreement with the Mexican company Tycoon, by which it becomes the licensee agent of the Pocoyo brand for Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. The two companies have collaborated since 2008, when they set an accord on the distribution contract for the first season of the DVD series of Pocoyo in Central America. The latest deal also includes an extensive list of products based…


Who is paying the price of Apple’s entrance to the Chinese market?

BEIJING | The launch of the new Ipad in China seems to be nearer now that Apple managed to get rid of the biggest barrier it was facing: the legal dispute with the Chinese company Proview. It seems Apple underestimated the fact that they were targeting a strategic market with a product named after a trademark that already existed in the country. For Proview, Ipad was just a name. But for…

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European Airbus to set up its first US assembly line

European consortium Airbus said it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States for assembly and delivery of A320 aircrafts. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first US-based production facility. The Alabama complex will also assemble A319 and A321 aircrafts. According to Airbus' schedule, the site construction will begin in mid 2013 and it is planned to start production in 2015, with…

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Telefónica trims down net financial debt by €1.45 billion with Colombia merger

MADRID | Telefónica reported Monday to the Spanish financial regulator CNMV about the final completion of the merger process of Telefónica Móviles Colombia and Colombia Telecomunicaciones. The joint society will be owned by the Spanish company, which retains a 70 percent participation, and the Colombian State, with the remaining 30 percent. Telefónica explained that at the end of the second quarter of this year, this deal would cut its consolidated…

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Trenitalia partnership to improve Spanish Amadeus’ client loyalty rate

MADRID | Trenitalia, the transport division of the Italian FS Group, and travel technology firm Amadeus, which is a transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, announced this week their partnership. Trenitalia will distribute its content through all Amadeus channels. In Thursday's investor notes, financial analysts in Madrid welcomed the business agreement as good news for the Spanish company. Amadeus' bet is that high speed train will be…


Will Correos follow Deutsche Post’s privatisation model?

By Sergio Sáiz | | SEPI, the State organisation that holds public stakes in Spanish companies, could obtain between €700 million and €2.5 billion with the privatisation of the national postal group Correos. It will depend on the formula used to sell it. The case of Deutsche Post could be a model to imitate. Correos has a staff of around 62,000 people. This point, which could be an engine for employment in Spain,…

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Santander agrees to Seamill Hydro resort £3-million refinancing

LONDON | Ayrshire hotel and resort Seamill Hydro in Scotland will on Thursday be unveiling its new hospitality services after having secured capital support from Santander Corporate Banking. The refurbishment of the restaurant is part of the hotel's wider regeneration programme, backed by a new £3 million refinancing agreement with Santander Corporate Banking. The hotel has been owned and operated as a partnership by two generations of the Sweeney family since 1985….

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Abertis closes the sale of 7% of Eutelsat to China Investment Corporation

MADRID | Abertis said on Monday it had agreed to sell 7% of Eutelsat to China Investment Corporation (CIC) for €385.2 million. The transaction, which generated net capital gains of €237 million, follows Abertis’ January sale of 16% of Eutelsat in a private placement among qualified investors. Abertis will remain a Eutelsat shareholder, with a stake of 8.35%. In compliance with the terms agreed by Abertis in the recent placement of a 16% stake in…

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Inditex acquires Zara store premises in London’s Oxford street

How to make wife jealous LONDON | Inditex confirmed it has acquired the premises of Zara flagship store at the intersection of Oxford and New Bond streets in London, one of the top fashion retailing destinations worldwide. The 7,000-square-metre property is home to one of the most emblematic Zara stores in the world. The building has 3,155 square metres of prime retail space and 3,855 square metres of prime office…