Homebuilder Barratt Developments
on Wednesday posted an increase in first-half pretax profit as
demand for lower-priced homes surged, and said it would pay a
special dividend of 175 million pounds ($227.68 million) next
The Indonesian government has
submitted a sweeping tax bill to parliament that proposes
corporate tax cuts and seeks to make internet giants pay more
taxes, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.
BNP Paribas SA on
Wednesday cut its target for profitability this year and warned
revenue from its retail networks in Europe could decline
moderately on low interest rates, although fourth-quarter
earnings came in ahead of estimates.