Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch owner of Stop & Shop grocery stores, is likely to redistribute some of the 20 billion kronor ($3.1 billion) proceeds of its ICA stake sale to shareholders as it shies away from large acquisitions.
Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc , the maker of Lysol cleaners and Nurofen painkillers, agreed to buy India’s Paras Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for about 32.6 billion rupees ($724 million), extending its push into consumer healthcare.
Nestle SA, the world’s biggest food company, agreed to buy Pfizer Inc.’s infant-nutrition unit for $11.9 billion, edging out Danone in a contest for a business that gets most of its sales in fast-growing emerging markets.
Royal Ahold NV shares fell the most in more than a year after the biggest Dutch retailer said it has been losing market share in the Netherlands and a plan to redistribute cash to shareholders fell short of some analysts’ expectations.
D.E Master Blenders 1753 NV rose in Amsterdam trading as investors placed their trust in Chairman Jan Bennink following the surprise departure of Chief Executive Officer Michiel Herkemij a year into the job.
Nestle SA , the world’s largest food company, reported 2010 sales growth that beat analysts’ estimates as consumers bought more Nespresso coffee capsules, and forecast higher revenue and margins this year.
Joh. A. Benckiser Group’s $340 million takeover of Caribou Coffee Co. may be a small step in a larger plan to take on the likes of Nestle SA and Starbucks Corp. for leadership in the $45 billion global coffee market.