BREAKFAST DEALS: Rio road trip

Rio Tinto is said to be venturing near and far to offload assets, while Virgin drives an ACCC wedge in the Qantas-Emirates marriage.

After billions of dollars in writedowns and more than a year on the market, parts of Rio Tinto's aluminium business have finally piqued somebody's interest. Elsewhere, Virgin is trying to shoot down Qantas over the Tasman, and there's fresh pressure on Nine and Southern Cross to broadcast their merger plans.

Rio Tinto, Trimet Aluminium AG

First up, Rio Tinto's new chief Sam Walsh has hit the ground running, with reports the miner is progressing asset sales in New Zealand and Europe.

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