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December 21, 2011

LVMH, the French luxury goods group controlled by the Arnault family, has further increased its stake in fellow family business Hermes and now controls 22.28% of the bag-maker’s shares and 16% of its voting rights.

LVMH, the French luxury goods group controlled by the Arnault family, has further increased its stake in fellow family business Hermes and now controls 22.28% of the bag-maker’s shares and 16% of its voting rights.

According to a filing with France’s stock market regulator Autorite des Marches Financiers, the Paris-based luxury group raised its stake in Hermes to 23,518,942 shares on 15 December.

February 17, 2011

Family-controlled luxury goods company Hermes has said that it wants fellow family business LVMH to reduce its stake in Hermes to less than 10%, according to a report in Bloomberg.

Family-controlled luxury goods company Hermes has said that it wants fellow family business LVMH to reduce its stake in Hermes to less than 10%, according to a report in Bloomberg.

LVMH currently holds a 20% stake in Hermes, which, according to executive chairman Bertrand Puech, is "not normal". He wants LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault to reduce his stake by more than half to make available the other shares to the open market.

February 4, 2011

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.  

In a statement, the Paris-based company said that full-year sales increased to €2.4 billion from €1.9 billion the previous year. The growth was attributed to strong business in all regions, with sales in America and Europe recording growth of 25% and 16% respectively.

January 19, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.  

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company is still controlled by around 80 members of the Cargill and MacMillan families. The company said in a statement that the Mosaic transaction would help it accomplish the objective of "maintaining its status as a private company".

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