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• Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard announced that it is acquiring for $2.8 billion the Norwegian fuel retailer Statoil, which will give Couche-Tard - which came into the deal with almost 6,000 stores - more than 2,000 gas stations Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltics and Russia.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that the Coca-Cola Co. has signed a marketing deal with Spotify, the Swedish digital music service.

According to the story, “For Spotify, the burgeoning music-streaming service that launched in the United States in July, getting access to Coca-Cola's formidable global marketing engine will come in handy as it expands its international footprint.

Spotify operates in 13 countries, mostly in Europe, but has said it plans to launch its service in additional markets. Future launches could, for example, be promoted via Coca-Cola's beverage containers or advertising campaigns ... In return, Coca-Cola can now use Spotify's service to instantly add music to its online marketing repertoire. For instance, the drink giant can add songs to its Facebook page via Spotify without having to negotiate licenses for each tune.”
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