(MENAFN - AFP) The world's leading food industry group Nestle said Thursday its net profit shrank 2 percent in 2013, blaming a soft economic environment, and cautioned that 2014 will also be difficult.
"Last year was challenging and 2014 will likely be the same," Nestle chief executive Paul Bulcke acknowledged in the earnings statement.
(MENAFN - AFP) Researchers in Japan will trawl through huge amounts of data to search for possible precursors to Alzheimer's Disease in a bid to identify who might develop a condition affecting millions around the world.
The study, which involves the healthcare arm of General Electric, will be based on a health survey that Hirosaki University in the northern prefecture ...
(MENAFN - AFP) French bank Societe Generale said Wednesday it multiplied its net profit last year nearly three times compared to 2012, to 2.18 billion euros ($2.97 billion) and improved capital ratios in the fourth quarter.
The profit result tallied with analysts' expectations, according to a consensus given by FactSet.
(MENAFN - AFP) French oil giant Total said Wednesday its 2013 net profit dipped 20 percent to 8.4 billion euros ($11.45 billion), on the back of higher exploration charges and crumbling refinery margins in Europe.
Adjusted net income, a key measure which excludes some volatile or non-recurrent items, was down 12 percent to 10.7 billion euros.
(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of Unification Church members were married in a mass wedding in South Korea Wednesday -- only the second such event since the death of their "messiah" and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon.
Some 2,500 identically-dressed couples -- many of mixed nationality who had met just days before -- took part in the ceremony at the church's global ...