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June 13, 2013 Canadas second-biggest supermarket operator has acquired Safeways Canadian portfolio of stores in a $5.7 billion deal that pulls the Pleasanton, Calif., chain completely out of the country. May 28, 2013 British retailer Marks & Spencer takes a giant leap forward in its goal to becoming a multichannel leader with the opening of its new concept store in Amsterdam. May 10, 2013 British retailer Marks & Spencer takes a giant leap forward in its goal of becoming a multichannel leader with the opening of its innovative new concept store in Amsterdam. April 25, 2013 Safeway Inc. said it earned $118.9 million, in the first quarter ended March 23, up from $72.9 million a year earlier, helped by tax benefits. April 17, 2013 Grocery chain Fresh & Easys British parent Tesco confirmed Wednesday that it will abandon its U.S. business, selling off the 199-store chain and taking a $3.5 billion write-down. March 29, 2013 Report: Tesco exploring options for Fresh & Easy New York — British grocery giant Tesco is moving closer to selling off its U.S. Fresh & Easy division, with Tesco CEO Philip Clarke traveling to the United States next week to try and strike a deal, according to a report in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. Tesco has held discussions with Trader Joes and others about selling Fresh & Easy, but a break-up of the business is considered the most likely option, the report said. Other options include closing the business and selling off assets. March 26, 2013 7-Eleven will rebrand convenience stores in Ohios Cuyahoga and Lorain counties as part of a 19-store lease from Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Gas Partners LP.

September 4, 2013 IRI acquires Aztec from Aegis Media IRI announced it has acquired Aztec, a provider of market measurement and related services for consumer packaged goods, liquor and pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Aztec was acquired from Aegis Media. August 19, 2013 Gigwalk, an on-demand mobile workforce, has announced the launch of its Android app in North America and the United Kingdom, making Gigwalk the first mobile-centric marketplace for temporary work to have both an iPhone and Android app. August 14, 2013 The global prestige beauty market experienced mixed results in the first half of 2013 but the U.S. prestige beauty market posted an 8% gain during the first six months of the year, according to the NPD Group. July 29, 2013 Reckitt Benckiser will be launching a product for nighttime cold and flu relief in both liquid and tablet form, the company’s CEO told investors Monday morning. July 23, 2013 Skin care brand Indeed Laboratories is bringing its nanoblur and snoxin skin care products to the U.S. market, through distributor Boots USA, with exclusive availability at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. July 22, 2013 Mark Hill Salon Professional products, created by hairstylist Mark Hill, is launching nationwide at Walgreens and Duane Reade this month. July 12, 2013 For those suffering from heart or lung disease, cancer, systemic infections or other all-too-common conditions, the science of medicine has made extraordinary advances over the past few decades. July 9, 2013 General Mills executives shared the company’s new product innovation plans during General Mills’ annual investor meeting at the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. Relations With United Kingdom

Relations With United Kingdom Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Fact Sheet September 5, 2013 More information about the United Kingdom is available on the United Kingdom Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-UNITED KINGDOM RELATIONS The first, short-lived British colony in Virginia was organized in 1584, and permanent English settlement began in 1607. The United States declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The American Revolutionary War ended in 1783, with Great Britain recognizing U.S. independence. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1785. The United States broke relations when it declared war on the United Kingdom during the War of 1812; relations were reestablished in 1815. The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and British foreign policy emphasizes close coordination with the United States. Bilateral cooperation reflects the common language, ideals, and democratic practices of the two nations. Relations were strengthened by the United Kingdom’s alliance with the United States during both World Wars, in the Korean conflict, in the Persian Gulf War, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in Afghanistan, as well as through its role as a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The United Kingdom and the United States continually consult on foreign policy issues and global problems and share major foreign and security policy objectives.

United Kingdom

Groups launch privacy suit against UK spy agency October 03, 2013 11:07 PM Three organizations in Britain have filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing their country’s eavesdropping agency of using its online surveillance programs to violate the privacy of millions of citizens. Syrian refugees protest in France seeking to go to Britain October 03, 2013 08:35 PM About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. Sudan protests should serve as warning: Britain October 02, 2013 08:32 PM Britain on Wednesday said deadly protests over Sudan’s fuel price hikes should serve as a warning of the need for political dialogue, amid concerns for people detained in the crackdown. UK’s Cameron puts economy centre-stage in re-election bid By Guy Faulconbridge, Andrew Osborn | October 02, 2013 03:17 PM British Prime Minister David Cameron casts a national election in 2015 as a choice between his “pro-business” ruling Conservative party and what he calls the anti-business opposition Labour party. France, Britain and China to be in Syria peace talks: Fabius September 30, 2013 12:45 PM Britain, France and China will be involved in a peace conference on Syria due in Geneva in November, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday. American Man Booker invasion damp squib for some By Michael Roddy | September 30, 2013 12:08 AM No one but the jurors can say which of six short-listed books will receive the Man Booker Prize for fiction on Oct. 15, but whats certain is that the Americans are joining the competition next year and the literary world is in an uproar. Britain kicks off Royal Mail sale with $5.3 billion price tag By Kylie MacLellan, Neil Maidment | September 28, 2013 12:18 AM Britains Royal Mail postal service should command a value of as much as 3.3 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) when it makes its stock market debut next month, the government said Friday as it began taking orders for the sell-off. EU investigating Gibraltar border dispute September 25, 2013 03:53 PM A team of European Union inspectors was in Gibraltar on Wednesday to investigate a border dispute that has strained relations between Britain and Spain. UK to provide $48M for Syrian refugee children September 24, 2013 02:19 PM Britain announced a $48 million initiative to provide trauma counseling and education for children affected by the war in Syria. Time for Iran statements to be matched with action: UK’s Hague September 23, 2013 11:13 PM British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday welcomed recent statements from Iran’s new government that it wants to improve relations with the West and ease concerns about its nuclear program but said words alone would not be enough. U.K.s Brown to make appeal for Syrian children September 24, 2013 12:35 AM Former U.K.