Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Tue Sep 9, 2014 6:15am EDT
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Sept 9 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1015 GMT on Tuesday:

** Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it would buy U.S. rebate site operator Ebates Inc for $1 billion in cash, the latest in a series of acquisitions to expand its business overseas.

** General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, said on Monday it would acquire organic food producer Annie's Inc for about $820 million to expand its presence in the fast-growing U.S. natural foods market.

** Global brokerage company BGC Partners Inc has offered to buy all outstanding shares of rival GFI Group Inc for $5.25 per share in cash, valuing the deal at about $675 million.

** Australia's Brambles Ltd said it would buy UK-based Ferguson Group for an enterprise value of $545 million to expand its specialist container business.   Continued...