Oct 12 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Thursday:
** Canada's Metro Inc MRU.TO said it would sell a major portion of its stake in Alimentation Couche Tard Inc ATDb.TO to fund its C$4.5 billion acquisition of pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group PJCa.TO .
** Lufthansa LHAG.DE will sign a deal to buy parts of its insolvent smaller German rival Air Berlin AB1.DE , Lufthansa's chief executive Carsten Spohr said.
** Australian No. 2 hotel company Mantra Group Ltd (MTR) agreed to a A$1.18 billion ($920 million) buyout from larger Accor SA ACCP.PA , a deal which would join the country's top two hotel groups at a time when tourism is rising sharply.
** Chinese firms including high-end equipment maker Jiangsu Hagong Intelligent Robot Co 000584.SZ plan to bid for German industrial company FFT, likely to be valued at up to $712 million, two people familiar with the matter said.
** U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management Corp has raised its stake in Japan's Hitachi Kokusai Electric 6756.T to 8.59 percent from 7.11 percent, a regulatory filing showed, one of several such hikes since it first disclosed a stake in the firm last month.
** South Korea's embattled Lotte Group said several firms have expressed interest in acquiring its Lotte Mart stores in China and that is aiming for a sale by the end of this year.
** Japan's Asahi Group Holdings 2502.T said it is considering selling all or part of its 19.99 percent stake in Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd 600600.SS , its latest divestment from China's beer industry as it seeks growth in Europe and other Asian markets.
** WPP WPP.L , the world's biggest advertising agency, stepped up its efforts to stop U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital from buying Japan's Asatsu-DK Inc 9747.T , saying the offer significantly undervalued its stake in the firm.
** Buyout fund CVC Capital Partners' strategic opportunities platform and the L'Oreal family's OREP.PA Tethys Invest have entered exclusive talks to acquire a majority stake in France's Sebia, the companies said.
** Alteri Investors has agreed to buy Dutch toy store chain Intertoys from Blokker Holding for an undisclosed sum, the Dutch company said.
** MMG Ltd 1208.HK , the international mining unit of state-owned China Minmetals Corp, has become China's preferred developer of overseas projects and is looking at acquisitions beyond its core strengths of copper and zinc, MMG's chief executive said.
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