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China's Alibaba seeks sporting gold BEIJING: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking to turn its hundreds of millions of users into sportsmen as it seeks to cash in on the country's growing sporting market, an executive said.The comments by Zhang Dazhong, chief executive of its Alisports unit, come as Chinese football clubs rank second only to English in spending during the winter transfer window and President Xi Jinping harbours dreams of winning a World Cup, and with the country set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.Alibaba, which owns a 38 percent stake in Asian football champions Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, launched Alisports in September to develop the sporting economy in "an innovative way with digital thinking", according to its website."Alibaba would like to convert their nearly 500 million people or users into sportsmen and to utilise its strengths to help them," Zhang told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper."Consumption power in China is huge and ...


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Statoil cuts investments after heavy losses in 2015 OSLO: Norwegian oil giant Statoil has slashed investments and stepped up a cost-cutting programme after recording a huge annual loss for 2015 in the wake of tumbling oil prices.The company reported losses of 37.5 billion kroner (3.96 billion euros, $4.39 billion) last year compared to profit of 21.9 billion kroner in 2014.The group -- 67 percent-owned by the Norwegian state -- said it would slash its investments this year by $3.5 billion to $13 billion.It ...

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Japan's Sharp surges on reports of likely deal with Foxconn parent TOKYO: Sharp skyrocketed in Tokyo on Thursday as the embattled Japanese electronics giant said it was reviewing rival bailout offers, including one from Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision, as it reported another massive loss.Investors cheered local media reports that Sharp's board is favouring accepting a 600 billion yen ($5.0 billion) bailout from Hon Hai, a key Apple supplier.Sharp -- which has teetered on the edge of bankruptcy for years -- kicked off a critical ...

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Daimler speeds on to record profits, sales in 2015 FRANKFURT: German auto giant Daimler on Thursday expressed confidence for the outlook this year after achieving new record levels of sales and earnings in 2015. "Daimler grew profitably once again in 2015 and once more achieved record levels of unit sales and revenue, as well as (underlying) and net profit, with contributions from all divisions," the group said in a statement."For the year 2016 ... the group assumes that it will profit to an above-average ...

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Toshiba hikes annual loss forecast after accounts scandal TOKYO: Toshiba said Thursday it has expanded its full-year loss forecast to an eye-watering $6.0 billion, as one of Japan's best-known firms accounts for an embarrassing profit-padding scandal.The company -- a vast conglomerate that makes everything from rice cookers to nuclear plants -- also pointed to a global economic slowdown, saying it was taking a big bite out of results across its sectors, including memory chip and computer sales.Its new forecast of a 710 billion ...

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Shell reports profits plunge on oil price slump LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced an 87-percent plunge in annual net profits on slumping oil prices.The Anglo-Dutch group reported profit after tax of $1.94 billion (1.75 billion euros) for 2015, compared with almost $15 billion the previous year, Shell said in a statement.The slump had been expected after Shell announced two weeks ago that it foresaw annual profit of between $1.6 billion and $2.0 billion.Thursday's update comes as Shell is slashing thousands of ...

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Munich Re says 'pleased' with 2015 results, ups dividend FRANKFURT: Munich Re, the world's leading reinsurer, said Thursday that it would increase its dividend payout to shareholders for 2015 after profits last year were "pleasing"."Despite a difficult market environment, Munich Re posted a consolidated result of 3.1 billion euros ($3.4 billion)for 2015 -- which almost matched the very good result of 3.2 billion euros from the previous year," the group said in a statement.Underlying or operating profit rose to 4.8 billion euros in 2015 ...