UPDATE 3-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

miércoles 3 de septiembre de 2008 22:07 CEST

(Updates Lehman, adds Procter & Gamble, Nasdaq OMX, others)

Sept 3 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday.

(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK\] )

** Coca-Cola Co (KO.N: Cotización), the world's leading drinks maker, agreed to pay $2.5 billion for Chinese juice maker Huiyuan (1886.HK: Cotización), three times its value, in China's biggest takeover by a foreign company. To read more, please double click on [nHKG153943]

** Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N: Cotización) said it has acquired Nioxin Research Laboratories Inc, adding products for thinning hair to a haircare line that includes the Head & Shoulders and Wella brands. [ID:nN03391192]

** USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc (GCI.N: Cotización) has increased its stake in the CareerBuilder jobs website to 50.8 percent by buying a 10 percent stake for $135 million from Tribune Co, the two companies said. [ID:nN03520416]

** Nasdaq OMX Group Inc (NDAQ.O: Cotización) could bid for a majority stake in the Prague Stock Exchange, which is on the auction block and would give the U.S. company a foothold in the hotly contested region, sources familiar with the situation said. [ID:nN03257841]

** A lifeline from South Korea for troubled investment bank Lehman Brothers LEH.N appeared in doubt on Wednesday as the bank leading the plan said nothing had been decided, and other lenders denied interest in taking part. [ID:nSEO152269]

** South Korea's military savings fund would consider joining Korea Development Bank in a bid for Lehman Brothers LEH.N if KDB made such an offer, as now appears a good time for U.S. investments, the fund's chairman said. [ID:nSEO16029]   Continuación...