Verizon Wireless, the mobile-phone joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc, plans to pay a $7 billion dividend to its co-owners, defusing a source of tension between the two companies.
General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt tried to sell off the company’s appliance and lighting businesses in 2008, only to have the effort derailed by the financial crisis. Now Chip Blankenship has the job of proving the division was worth keeping.
After Hennes & Mauritz AB and Inditex SA, Europe’s two largest clothing retailers, committed to an agreement to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh, pressure is mounting on U.S. retailers to sign the pact.
U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record for the eighth time in nine days, amid improving confidence in the world’s largest economy. Industrial metals fell on concern about China’s growth.