VARKAUS, Finland - Shielded from the deafening roar and searing heat of Paper Machine No.

JOB SWITCH: Nokia Corp. is hiring Microsoft Corp.

HELSINKI - Trading was halted for six hours Thursday in paper makers Stora Enso Oyj, Holmen AB and Norske Skog ASA after a Finnish newspaper said the three Nordic companies were planning to merge some operations.

HELSINKI - Sports equipment maker Amer Sports Corp., whose brands include Atomic, Salomon and Wilson, said its losses narrowed 27 percent in the second quarter, due to a pickup in sales.

PARIS - France's state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva SA said Friday its net profit soared in the first half after it booked a 1.3 billion (US$1.7 billion) gain selling its electric transmission and distribution division to French engineering firms Alstom SA and Schneider Electric SA.
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