Westfield Group (OTCPK:WEFIF), one of the largest managers of shopping centers in the world, could list in New York, London or Australia should shareholders approve a break-up plan. Westfield is looking to sell its Australian and New Zealand operations and keep its international business, which runs 39 malls in the U.S. and five in the U.K. and Europe valued at $18B. However, the break-up faces opposition from some shareholders who are seeking better terms. Post your comment!
U.S. mall operators Simon Property Group Inc., The Macerich Company and Westfield Group have tied up with Deliv for same-day delivery service.
Крупнейший по рыночной капитализации в мире владелец торговых центров Westfield Group намерен инвестировать около $800 млн в приобретение площади у Port Authority of New York and New Jersey во Всемирном торговом центре Нью-Йорка. Сообщается, что общий размер инвестиций в данный комплекс составит, таким образом, $1,4 млрд. Стоит отметить, что в июле 2011 года компания заключила соглашение на сумму $612,5 млн, в рамках которого выкупила 50%-ную долю в совместном с Port Authority предприятии.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian shopping mall operator Westfield Group's securities jumped more than 6 percent on Wednesday after it announced plans to separate its global retail assets from its...
eBay Inc recently entered into a partnership with Westfield Labs, a unit of Westfield Group to launch three digital storefronts in San Francisco.
Великобритания: Westfield Group и Hammerson получили предварительное одобрение на реализацию проекта
Крупнейший по рыночной капитализации в мире владелец торговых центров Westfield Group и компания Hammerson получили предварительное одобрение на реконструкцию торгового центра на юге Лондона. Стоит отметить, что в рамках проекта, стоимость которого составляет 1 млрд фунтов стерлингов ($1,6 млрд), также будет построено 600 домов, офисов и объектов для отдыха и создано 5 000 рабочих мест. Ожидается, что реализация проекта начнется в 2015 году.
Australian retail continues to be a "difficult" environment in 2013, said Westfield Group (WEFIF.PK) chairman Frank Lowy at the company's AGM Wednesday morning. Lowy called retail sales growth in Australia "subdued," which he attributes to a continuing low level of consumer confidence in the country. However, he pointed to the "recovery phase" of the company's U.S. markets as reason for optimism.
Australian retail continues to be a "difficult" environment in 2013, said Westfield Group (WEFIF.PK) chairman Frank Lowy at the company's AGM Wednesday morning. Lowy called retail sales growth in Australia "subdued," which he attributes to a continuing low level of consumer confidence in the country. However, he pointed to the "recovery phase" of the company's U.S. markets as reason for optimism. Post your comment!
Австралия/США: фирма Starwood Capital ведет переговоры о покупке торговых центров у компании Westfie
По сведениям из достоверного источника, второй по величине в мире оператор торговых центров Westfield Group ведет переговоры о продаже 7 торговых центров на сумму более чем $1 млрд частной инвестиционной компании Starwood Capital Group. Также источник сообщает, что компании находятся на начальном этапе переговоров.
Крупнейший в мире по величине активов оператор торговых центров Westfield Group планирует увеличить объем инвестиций в рынки США и Великобритании с целью удовлетворения растущего спроса. Компания ожидает, что через четыре года доля вложений в проекты компании, приходящиеся на рынки этих двух стран, составит около 60% по сравнению с 55% в настоящий момент.
Великобритания/Австралия: Westfield и Hammerson создали совместное предприятие с целью реконструкции
Третья по величине в Великобритании компания сектора недвижимости Hammerson и крупнейший в мире по величине активов оператор торговых центров Westfield Group сформировали совместное предприятие, в рамках которого они планируют реконструировать проект в районе Кройдон на юге Лондона, оцененный примерно в 1 млрд фунтов стерлингов ($1,6 млрд). Следует также отметить, что, по условиям сделки, Westfield приобрел у Hammerson половину акций торгового комплекса Centrale, кроме того, стороны намерены приобрести 25%-ную долю в Whitgift Centre после того, как Hammerson купит торговый центр у Royal London Asset Management.
EDF is fifth of the 'big six' providers to announce a price rise – the highest of all the firms so farEDF Energy has announced price rises of almost 11% for its 3 million gas and electricity customers that will come into effect just before Christmas.The 10.8% average rise, which will be introduced on 7 December, is the highest imposed by any energy company this year, and follows announcements from British Gas, npower, Scottish Power and SSE in the past few weeks. It also comes at the end of the Big Energy Saving Week, a national initiative designed to educate people about how to cut energy bills.Regional variations in energy prices and different methods of payment mean customers will experience different increases. The lowest rise increase is 6.9% for the Economy 7 (south Scotland), while the highest is 14.2% (north Wales) for the same payment type.The company blamed the price rise on a combination of "significant extra costs in the use of gas and electricity networks, mandatory energy efficiency and social schemes, plus the rising price of wholesale energy.""We know customers will not welcome this news and do not want to see prices going up," said Martin Lawrence, managing director of energy sourcing and customer supply. "Our new prices will, however, be cheaper on average than those of all the other major suppliers which have announced standard price rises so far this autumn."On 15 October Scottish Power raised its prices by up to 8.7% following rises of 9% by npower and 6% by British Gas the previous week. SSE put up its prices by 9% in August.Of the "big six" firms, only E.ON has yet to increase prices, although it is widely expected to do so shortly. The company has promised a price freeze until 2013 so any changes wouldn't happen until then.Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, said the price rise is "the final hammer blow" for energy customers this side of Christmas. "Consumers now face a winter of rationing their energy usage – many will be forced to turn their heating down or off for fear of the impact of these hikes," she said.Clare Francis, consumer finance expert at moneysupermarket.com, said: "Customers need to keep on their toes to try and beat rising bills. The longer, colder nights are drawing in, encouraging people to crank up the thermostat. Any customers languishing on their provider's standard tariff should act now to ensure they switch on to the best deal."Downing Street described the latest price rises as "very disappointing". A Number 10 spokeswoman said: "It is up to energy suppliers to explain their prices to their customers. While we can't control world energy prices, we have been working very closely with the energy companies to make it easier for people to switch to find cheaper deals."We want to ensure customers get the lowest tariffs. That is why we are going to use the law to help people get the best deals."Citizen's Advice issued research earlier this week that showed many people are living in colder homes than they would like: 62% don't have the heating on as much as previously, and 18% are not using some rooms in their home in a bid to cut their bills. It is using Big Energy Saving Week to encourage people to switch provider.Tomorrow, London pensioners will descend on the Westfield Stratford shopping centre in the east of the capital to protest against fuel poverty.Elizabeth Ziga of Fuel Poverty Action, the group that has organised the protest, said: "'People are fed up with our energy being produced to line the pockets of the 'big six' while we're left to suffer mammoth fuel bills and escalating climate change. Saturday's protest, led by pensioners, will be the first of many. Expect a winter of resistance."• See if you can save money by switching supplier with the GuardianEnergy billsConsumer affairsHousehold billsEDF EnergyUtilitiesLisa Bachelorguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
• America's Victoria Arlen has no answer to Simmonds' power• Simmonds smashes world record by more than five secondsAs she drove to the Olympic Park, Ellie Simmonds looked up at the giant advertising billboard that looms over it bearing her face and the legend "Take the Stage". She did: energised by the deafening roar of the giddy crowd, Simmonds dramatically retained the 400m freestyle S6 title that catapulted her to fame as a then unknown 13-year-old in Beijing four years ago.Much has changed since then, but if she was feeling the pressure of being the face of these Games, it did not show. She not only narrowly beat her new US rival, Victoria Arlen, as she overhauled her lead in the last 60m, but seized back the world record from the American in a time of 5min 19.17sec.In the call room before the race, the pair had resolved to "put on a show" for the rowdy 17,500 spectators outside. That Simmonds smashed Arlen's world record by more than five seconds and the American finished just a second behind shows the extent to which they did so.Simmonds trailed Arlen until 60m and turned for home 0.8 ahead of an opponent who remained something of an unknown quantity. As Simmonds touched the pad, emotions – "excited, happy, relieved" – came tumbling out and she dissolved into tears."I gave it everything and that last 50m just killed me. I had no regrets and I just gave it my all. I'm on the edge of the world right now," she said. "She was with me and on that last 50m I gave it everything. It was so tough, one of the toughest races of my life."London 2012's chairman, Lord Coe, had already paid tribute to the atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre, suggesting it has been even louder than during the Olympic Games thanks to the quality of the "home town" performances. He was borne out , as a capacity crowd roared their appreciation for the British poster girl. "It gives you a home advantage, it gives you an extra buzz," she said. As Simmonds came out to race, she took one of her earphones out to take in the roar of the crowd.In one of the two events in which she won gold in Beijing, when she became the youngest ever Briton to win a Paralympic title, Simmonds beat her long-standing Dutch rival Mirjam de Koning-Peper and Arlen, who appeared from nowhere to take both her world records this year.They raced either side of Simmonds, who was in lane four. After 100m, Simmonds was narrowly fourth but she began to move through the gears on her third length and turned at 150m just behind the leader Arlen. Those two – the title holder and her challenger – then stretched away from the pack.From the ParalympicsGB House in a Westfield office block where its medal winners will celebrate their achievements, a billboard bearing a huge image of Simmonds dominates the skyline. "It really inspired me, and made me think I wanted to do it for my country and for all the people who have supported me," Simmonds said.It is testament to how far she, and the Paralympics, have come that she is as marketable as any other British athlete across this extraordinary summer. With that increased profile comes added pressure.But just as Jessica Ennis, the face of the Olympics, rose to the occasion on the opening Saturday of those Games so Simmonds seemed to thrive as the noise levels rose. Like Ennis, she acknowledged its effect: "I felt I had a lot of pressure on me going into the race, because people expected me to get the gold medal and that wasn't the case with Victoria on the scene."Arlen, who had spent the last week with the threat of reclassification hanging over her, recorded a personal best. She said "the best person won" and that the pair had driven one another on. They will renew their rivalry in the 100m and 50m freestyle. "She's a sweetheart. I'm very happy for her, especially as its her home turf," said Arlen.Since she shot to prominence by winning the S6 100m and 400m freestyle gold medals in Beijing, Simmonds has won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award and become the youngest person to receive an MBE from the Queen. Her form has fluctuated, but the 400m freestyle remained her most consistent event and she appeared to have peaked at just the right time as she approached the Games.Simmonds has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and swims in the S6 category. In swimming, as in most Paralympic sports, classifications are "functional" and based on the impact an impairment has on a particular event – which is why swimmers with outwardly different impairments may be grouped together.After recording a personal best in the heats – surprising herself – she recorded a time of 5:24.64 that was 18 hundredths of a second outside the world record when she expected to swim closer to 5:30. Simmonds was visibly pumped up for the final on this huge occasion and said that she felt "really good".Arlen, who spent the past week unsure if she would be able to race due to a classification controversy, had her place in the final confirmed by the International Paralympic Committee only hours before she raced. The IPC had initially disqualified Arlen after it had said it had received evidence that she had been wrongly classified.Either side of the tumult of Simmonds's gold medal, there were other medal-winning performances from British Paralympic swimmers.Racing in the men's equivalent of Simmonds's race, Matthew Whorwood warmed up the crowd by winning bronze in the 400m freestyle S6. The Truro-born swimmer held off the German Sebastian Iwanow on the final length to claim third. Ireland's Darragh McDonald won gold by more than seven seconds with a commanding performance.In the women's 100m breaststroke SB8, Claire Cashmore won another silver for Great Britain.It took a world record from the Russian Olesya Vladykina to beat her. Cashmore, who won bronze in Beijing, said she was already aiming to go one better in Rio. "I still wanted more. I always want more. I really wanted that gold tonight but she had an absolutely fantastic swim and to be on my PB is fantastic, I just thought I had a lot more in me tonight," she said. "It's not to be, but my first silver medal, I've moved up from bronze, I'll just have to carry on to Rio and hopefully gold."There were also loud cheers from the Brazilian fans in the crowd backing Daniel Dias, who is likely to be a major face for the home nation in the run up to the next Games in Rio. The swimmer, who won nine medals (four of them gold) in Beijing and has already picked up two more golds in London, secured victory in the 200m freestyle S5 in a time that was more than 15 seconds better than the second-placed Spaniard Sebastián Rodríguez.Sascha Kindred, a six-time Paralympic champion who has a form of cerebral palsy, was hoping to make it seven in the men's 100m breaststroke SB7.But both he and British team-mate Thomas Young finished just outside the medals, fourth and fifth respectively behind the Australian Blake Cochrane, who won in a new world record time of 1:18.77.Kindred's wife, Nyree, won a silver medal in the pool on the opening day and was watching with their one-year-old daughter, Ella.Ellie SimmondsParalympics 2012: swimmingParalympicsGB medalsParalympicsGBParalympics 2012SwimmingOwen Gibsonguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. 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Australian mall operator Westfield Group will cut up to 10 percent of its workforce, affecting up to 400 employees, the Australian newspaper reported on Monday, citing unnamed industry sources. Westfield, ...