Sept 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Wednesday:
** The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc on
Tuesday said it would sell its retirement plans business to life
insurer MassMutual for $400 million cash, part of The Hartford's
plan to shed assets and focus on its property insurance
** Kirby Corp, the largest U.S. inland tank barge
operator, will buy the assets of Allied Transportation Co for
$116 million as it looks to grow the petrochemical segment of
its offshore operations.
** South Korean rechargeable battery maker Samsung SDI Co
Ltd said on Wednesday it would pay $95 million to
buy its German partner's 50 percent stake in electric battery
maker SB LiMotive Co Ltd, ending a joint venture formed in 2008
with Robert Bosch GmbH.
** 3M Co said it is not dropping the purchase of
Avery Dennison Corp's office products groups, in
response to the U.S. Justice Department's statement on Tuesday
that the company is abandoning the plan following threats of a
civil lawsuit by antitrust authorities.
** British luxury jewellery designer Theo Fennell Plc
, whose customers include celebrities such as Victoria
Beckham and Helen Mirren, confirmed it was in preliminary
takeover talks with EME Capital LLP.
** Private equity fund Mid Europa Partners (MEP) plans to
sell healthcare group Lux Med by the end of the year after
building it up into one of Poland's top providers of medical
services, one of the fund's partners told Reuters.
** British soft drinks maker Britvic Plc confirmed
it was in preliminary merger talks with smaller rival AG Barr
Plc and said an agreement had been reached on certain