It's High Time for Mixing Brands

While much of corporate Europe shut down last week, top officials at the Luxembourg steel company Arcelor were working harder than ever. In the space of just seven days starting Dec. 22, the firm bought a 50% stake in two Costa Rican firms and snapped up 20.5% of a Turkish steel company. By far its biggest move came on Dec. 23, when ceo Guy Dollé announced a $4.2 billion hostile takeover bid for Canada's leading steel producer Dofasco, topping an agreed offer by Germany's ThyssenKrupp.

Arcelor is trying to reduce its heavy dependence on the European market...

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