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LONDON - Today's round-up of the biggest business stories.

World news... round-up
World news... round-up

Google is brokering a tie-up with Sony that could see its Chrome browser installed on all Sony Vaio PCs. Some Sony PCs carrying Chrome have already gone on sale, while Google has begun brokering similar deals with other computer manufacturers. Source: Financial Times

Walt Disney has made a $4 billion (£2.4 million) bid for Marvel Entertainment, whose stable includes characters such as Iron Man and Spider-Man. The deal could see Ike Perlemutter, the chief executive of Marvel and its largest shareholder, take home more than $1.4 billion. Source: Financial Times

More than one in ten UK businesses are considering moving their operations abroad thanks to the Government's stringent tax regime, according to a new report. The report, conducted by a leading accountancy firm, also found that one in five entrepreneurs who have started a business in the UK would not do so again. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Tata Motors, which bought Jaguar Land Rover from Ford last year, has made a loss for the quarter to the end of June, thanks to falling sales at JLR, which made a £62 million loss for the quarter with sales slumping 52 per cent. Source: The Independent

Marks & Spencer is the best-performing supermarket in terms of customer loyalty according to new figures from TNS. The retailer's customer retention has improved more than any other retailer since the year 2000, although Asda still holds the crown as the supermarket with the highest customer retention figures. Source: The Times

The Lloyds Banking Group is preparing to close several hundred Halifax agency counters, although it insists that it has no plans to close its high-street branches. Halifax, which was subsumed into LBG as part of the HBOS takeover, currently has 300 counters in estate agencies, financial advisors' offices and solicitors' practices. Twenty-six of these are scheduled for closure in September and October. Source: The Independent



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