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Spain’s construction company ACS records €207 million profit in 1Q 2012

MADRID | Grupo ACS said Tuesday that the company recorded a net profit in the first quarter of 2012 of €207 million. The Spanish firm published its consolidated results today, showing that net sales of ACS in the first quarter of 2012 totaled €9,035 million, 144.8% more than last year. Growth in comparable terms, also considering the sales of Hochtief in the first quarter of 2011, accounted for a 4.9%. ACS…


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FCC-led joint venture to be awarded €498-million contract in Los Angeles

MADRID | The joint venture team headed by FCC Construction, Shimmick Construction Company and Impregilo won the bid for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project design-build contract, Port of Long Beach and Caltrans officials announced. Major participants in the proposal included Arup North America  and Biggs Cardosa Associates. A decision by the Port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners on the actual award of the contract is expected in late June, with construction kickoff…


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Disney goes more Spanish via Repsol

MADRID | Repsol reached an agreement with Disney Spain which will see the entertainment multinational sell its products in the Spanish oil company’s shops through its network of service stations. Following an initial test in 62 stores, Repsol and Disney decided to extend their partnership to a further 770 shops. A Disney Area has been created in shops, which is a specific area for products with pictures of Disney characters and…


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Amazon sets first logistics centre in Spain

MADRID | Fortune 500 company Amazon announced Friday plans to open its first logistics centre in Spain, seven months after the launch of Amazon.es, the Spanish version of the popular online store. The centre will be located in San Fernando de Henares, in Madrid. This is the latest opening within the existing European network of logistics sites of Amazon, which will become operational within a few months. “We are very pleased with the positive response from customers, as well as their interest in our Premium Amazon offer,” said Allan Lyall, deputy president of operations in Europe. Lyall hinted at…


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Inditex’ Uterqüe goes online in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria

The Spanish Inditex Group reported that its newest retailer launched uterque.com, an online store to shoppers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria. These three markets add to six more online operations active in European countries. The new online shops went live in April and, as is customary, they offer the same range of merchandise as that found in high street stores, along with the same policy on returns and exchanges….


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Microsoft and B&N team up to win worldwide ebook battle

NEW YORK | Microsoft entered the battle for the e-readers this week thanks to a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble. Their alliance, dubbed as NewCo, gives Windows creator a 17.6 percent equity stake for a $300 million investment and values B&N’s remaining 82.4% stake at $1.4 billion.  According to Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler, the deal is a “game-changer.” “The shift to digital is putting the world’s libraries and…


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Ferrovial’s UK subsidiary Amey increased revenues by 22%

MADRID | The Spanish global infrastructure company Ferrovial has published its results for the first quarter of 2012. The firm said it obtained €192 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation compared with €172 million in the first three months of last year, that is, a rise of 11.7%. In the first few months of 2012, Ferrovial’s main businesses improved, particularly revenues at its British division Amey, and international construction, mainly Budimex. Revenues amounted to…


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Santander, BBVA surpass €1 billion profit in Q1 2012: the geographical key

MADRID | Banco Santander registered a net attributable profit of €1.604 billion in the first quarter of 2012, a decline of 24% year on year. Santander, that released Thursday its results for the January-March period of this year, noted that this decline was mainly due to the significant increase in provisions for non-performing loans, which rose by 51% to €3.127 billion. Banco Santander revenues in the first quarter grew by more than…


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Repsol, Inditex among 64 European stocks ​​recommended by Morgan Stanley

MADRID | Morgan Stanley in Madrid released an investor note on Tuesday with some recommendations, and we spotted a couple of Spanish companies (always on the bright side, we know…) “We propose the following basket of 64 stocks ​​(Nifty Fifty +) with the intent to replicate the behaviour on the original list (Nifty Fifty) for the years 60/70 in the U.S. “The criteria we used for this stock selection exercise are:…


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Ferrovial closes successful sale of Edinburgh airport for £807 million

MADRID/LONDON | BAA, the company owned by a Spain’s Ferrovial-led consortium and that manages most airports in the UK, announced Monday the sale of its 100% interest in Edinburgh Airport Limited. The asset will be acquired by Global Infrastructure Partners GIP for £807.2 million, which surpasses in some £200 million estimations made in advance by analysts in the Madrid financial City. The news was favourably received by most experts. In several investor…