Novartis Profit Falls

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Novartis reported a 26.5% drop in fourth-quarter profit as declining sales weighted on the Swiss drug company’s performance.

Fuel-Price Plunge Lifts Asian Carriers

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Asian airlines are seeing a strong boost in profitability due to the slump in oil prices, because they are typically more exposed to fuel-price swings compared with their counterparts world-wide.

Foreign Law Firms Face Pressure in China

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For foreign lawyers looking for work in China, scrutiny from regulators over possible mergers and culture clashes between Eastern and Western firms create hurdles.

Packaging Merger to Create $16 Billion Firm

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Packaging companies Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco agreed to merge, creating a nearly $16 billion industry heavyweight that will supply containers for everything from soda to appliances.

The Business Side of Animal Rights

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Animal-welfare advocates are courting proxy advisory firms as a new Wall Street ally as they take on big U.S. meatpackers. The pitch: Mistreatment of animals can pose a risk to business.

Microsoft's Windows Shows Its Age

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Microsoft said the stronger dollar and a shift to Web-based software cut into its sales of Windows, Office and computer-server products to corporations.

Russia Rating Slips to Junk, Hurting Ruble

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Russia’s fractured economy suffered another potential blow Monday after credit-rating firm Standard & Poor’s cut the country’s credit rating to junk.

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