just can't get a break. First
takes liberties with the shoemaker's product-placement deal in
Now the Sydney Olympic organizers are accused of breaching Reebok's sponsorship agreement.
Reebok withdrew its multimillion sponsorship of the
2000 Sydney Games
last week, claiming the games' organizers struck deals with its rivals. Now
will step up to the sponsorship plate, the
International Olympic Committee
Two centuries after the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain, defense contractors are narrowing the gulf between the two regions.
Alliance discussions are underway between
and the U.K.'s
of London reported, citing unnamed sources.
In British M&A news this weekend,
and broadcast media company
are said to be finalizing terms of a merger,
reports. Separately, the
has recently held talks with Spain's
U.K. supermarket group
is said to be mulling a bid for retailer
Marks & Spencer
newspaper reports. And Dutch-Belgian banking group
is seeking an alliance with the U.K.'s
Mail on Sunday
Speaking of British Telecommunications, the
says the carrier is preparing a $1.6 billion white knight bid for Ireland's second-largest telecom,
. Esat is said to be in talks with a number of parties following an unwanted approach from Nordic telecom group
, formed by
Still no ruling on the proposed merger of
The Washington Post
provided more evidence this weekend that the government is taking a jaundiced view of the deal.
disclosed an Oct. 21
memo describing such consolidation as "intolerable." An agency representative told the newspaper that assessment was only preliminary.
Union workers in Canada on Sunday ended their occupation of the
plant in Barrie, Ontario, after reaching an agreement on their severance when the plant closes next year.
In the Papers
stock woes might, like allergies, be seasonal,
reports. The magazine says
, which supplies Pentium III 450-megahertz processors for Gateway's PCs, has had trouble meeting pre-Christmas demand.
Industry insiders are behind much of the recent buying spree in health-care stocks,
reports. One company,
, has seen insiders buy back more than $9.9 million worth of stock since August, the magazine says.
also features an interview with Jamie Dinan and Dan Schwartz of New York hedge-fund firm
York Capital Management
. Their investment picks include
Global Light Telecom
. They're short
Fouled-up deliveries are the most common complaint from customers shopping online this e-holiday season,
The Washington Post
reports. The newspaper says companies are racing to keep up with demand, often by having their own executives pack orders.
documented Amazon's problems in lining up helper elves earlier
David Rheingold is a New York-based freelance writer. At the time of publication he was long Intel, although holdings can change at any time.