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Australian carrier Qantas records strong profits

Australian carrier Qantas posted healthy annual net profits Friday backed by a strong domestic market, as it announced a share buyback and flagged plans to offer direct flights to London and New York.

Panasonic net profit hit by weak solar products demand

Japan's Panasonic said on Thursday that annual net profit and revenue slumped because of slowing demand for household solar energy products and the impact of a stronger yen, but predicted a rebound this year.

Engie profit slips as hydro output down

French energy group Engie said Friday its operating profit slid in the first three months of the year, in part due to a drop in hydroelectric output in France and a nuclear reactor shutdown in Belgium.

United reports solid profits, vows better customer treatment

United Continental reported sharply lower first-quarter earnings Monday but they still bested analyst expectations, and the airline vowed to remake its customer service after its rough treatment of a passenger stoked global outrage.

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