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UK acquisitions down in 2013

There was a dramatic decrease in the number of acquisition deals closed by UK companies in 2013, compared with 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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A hiatus for Indian multi-brand retail

There has been no investment in Indian multi-brand retail since September 2012, with investors likely to be holding off on deals until the results of the April election.

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M&A increase in MENA in 2013: Ernst & Young

Increasing investor confidence led to a marked increase in M&A activity in the Middle East and north Africa in 2013.

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Japan rebalances Asian investment away from China

Formerly the largest Asian recipient of Japanese FDI, China has fallen out of favour with Japan-based companies in the past year.

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Trade restrictions still a problem: WTO director general

In a speech made in February, Roberto Azevedo, director general of World Trade Organisation, stressed that while trade was likely to pick up in 2014, trade restrictions still posed a problem.

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Sub-Saharan Africa's GDP set to grow: Commerzbank

According to a report by German lender Commerzbank, sub-Saharan Africa's GDP is set to grow by 6% this year, outpacing average global growth.

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Risky business: 'external shocks' threaten Africa

Maplecroft report points to a deterioration of the operating environment in a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

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BCA assure investors of Zimbabwe's business potential

At a recent conference in London hosted by Business Council Africa, the council's chairman assured investors and potential investors that Zimbabwe was a good place to do business. 

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Will Sochi reap gold for Russia?

What will be the legacy of the recent Winter Olympic Games in Sochi? 

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Brazil and Cuba sign three investment agreements

Three memorandums of understanding have been signed between Brazil and Cuba.

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