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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co accepted a demand by Brazil’s antitrust regulator CADE that it sell local rights for the Fox Sports channel to win approval of its takeover of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, the regulator said on Wednesday. CADE said in a statement that Disney agreed to give the buyer of the sports channel the option to use the Fox brand at no additional cost, noting that the timeframe for the deal is confidential best cufflinks. According to the agreement signed between Disney and CADE, the divestiture will include all Fox Sports transmission rights in Brazil as well as contracts with cable TV operators, real estate and transmission equipment..

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(Reuters) – Air Canada increased its long-term targets for profit margins and free cash flow on Thursday, as the country’s largest airline benefits from cost-cutting efforts and an expansion into new destinations. Air Canada projected annual margins on core earnings (EBITDA) of between 19 percent and 22 percent from 2019 until 2021. For the same period, the carrier expects cumulative free cash flow of C$4 billion ($3 billion) to C$4.5 billion sterling cufflinks. The company had previously set an EBITDAR margin target of 17 percent to 20 percent for the period from 2018 to 2020, along with free cash flow of between C$2 billion and C$3 billion..

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