has reaped $1 billion in profit from oil exports in the past six months because of the Persian Gulf crisis, the country's oil minister said. That sum is about three times as much as predicted in Egypt's budget forecast.


said the Justice Department has completed its antitrust review of the company's $6.1 billion hostile tender offer for the shares of NCR Corp. without comment. Under the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, the department had until midnight Dec. 21 to review the transaction, but could have extended the period by issuing a request for additional information.

Atlantic Richfield

signed preliminary agreements with two local governments in the Soviet Far East to explore for, develop and produce oil.

Reuters PLC

reached tentative agreement with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade to provide the exchanges with the company's Globex system for worldwide, computerized trading in financial futures and options products.

Brown & Williamson Tobacco

said it will not appeal a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that health warnings on cigarette packs do not protect tobacco companies from liability suits. The company said it is confident it would win if any liability cases are presented.