1. EU, U.S clear Essilor's 48 bln euro merger with Luxottica

    By Matthias Blamont and Robert-Jan Bartunek

    PARIS/BRUSSELS, March 1 (Reuters) - European and U.S. competition regulators on Thursday approved the 48-billion-euro ($58 billion) merger of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor, sending shares in both companies higher.

    The proposed tie-up between Luxottica, which owns brands including Ray-Ban ...