Six years for one of the men who kidnapped Lady Gaga’s dogs

A second man accused of violently assaulting an employee of American singer Lady Gaga to kidnap the star’s dogs was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. He admitted to being part of the group, which shot the employee, while walking the ‘Poker Face’ … Read more

Siemens suffers from the difficulties of its wind subsidiary

Industrial giant Siemens reported a net loss of 1.5 billion euros in the third quarter of its lagged fiscal year due to an accounting impairment, as revenue and operating margin of its flagship business increased . The fall on the stock market of Siemens Energy, a subsidiary that has become independent but in which the … Read more

The Lakelive has found the right formula

The Lakelive has found its place. The third edition of the Biel festival, which mixes music, sport and culture on the shores of the lake, recorded higher attendance than the first two years. 85,000 people were counted during the nine days of festivities, which ended on Saturday. For Lukas Hohl, co-organizer of the event, this … Read more

Astrazeneca: Alexion boosts sales and squeezes profits

British pharmaceutical group Astrazeneca, maker of one of the main Covid-19 vaccines, saw sales jump in the first half, but its profits plunged due to soaring costs in the wake of the integration of Alexio. The laboratory recorded a 48% increase in its turnover, to 22.2 billion dollars (21.1 billion francs), over the first six … Read more

Barry Callebaut builds a new plant in Canada

Swiss chocolate producer Barry Callebaut has announced the construction of a new factory in Brantford, Canada. The investment amounts to 104 million US dollars. The site will include offices for group operations as well as chocolate processing and will provide 200 jobs. From a production perspective, Barry Callebaut will focus on sugar-free, high-protein and other … Read more

A new millionaire in the Swiss Loto draw

French-speaking Switzerland has a new millionaire. A player pocketed 1.7 million thanks to the Joker in the Swiss Loto draw on Wednesday. To pocket the jackpot, you had to tick 1, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 32. The lucky number was 2, the rePLAY was 13 and the Joker was 851973. In the next draw … Read more

Danone confident for 2022 thanks to rising prices

The French agri-food group Danone showed confidence for 2022 by announcing an increase in its turnover growth target, driven by rising prices, according to a press release published on Wednesday. Danone now expects an increase in sales of between +5 and +6% like-for-like, against +3 to +5% previously, thanks to the ‘price effect’, according to … Read more

Mysterious hepatitis in children: coronavirus ruled out

Two scientific studies on Monday ruled out the coronavirus as responsible for the mysterious cases of hepatitis, serious inflammation of the liver, having affected very young children in many countries in recent months. They point to a common virus called AAV2. Just over 1,000 cases have been recorded in 35 countries and 22 deaths, according … Read more

Electrolux: profits down sharply

The Swedish household appliance group Electrolux recorded an 81% drop in net profit on Thursday compared to the second quarter last year. Performance was affected by ‘significant challenges’ in its supply chain. Net profit for the second quarter amounted to 257 million crowns (about 24.6 million euros), while analysts expected a net profit of 650 … Read more

Real estate prices still on the rise

Property prices in Switzerland continued to rise in the second quarter. A slowdown is expected due to inflation, rising energy prices and more goods available for purchase. From April to June, house prices increased by 1.6%, slightly slower than in the first quarter (+1.8%). On the other hand, the rise in apartment prices is higher, … Read more