(Adds State Auto Financial Corp, PKO BP)
Sept 8 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Friday:
** Italy’s Edizione Holding, the investment vehicle of the Benetton family, is preparing a bid for Italian packaging manufacturer Guala Closures, valued at more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) including debt, three sources said.
** Thyssenkrupp shareholders are urging the group to clinch a deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel businesses this year, warning failure to do so would be a blow to its credibility.
** Geely-owned Volvo Car Group said it would buy some assets of Luxe, a U.S. based premium valet and concierge service, to boost the development of its digital services.
** Monsanto Co will sell its small branded cotton seed business to local firm Tierra Agrotech Private Ltd, but remains fully committed to India’s agriculture sector, a Monsanto India spokesman said.
** A group including Western Digital is seeking around 50 billion yen ($464 million) from Apple Inc to help finance a bid for Toshiba Corp’s memory chip unit, Kyodo news agency reported.
** Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay signaled it had no intention of selling German department store chain Kaufhof, after people familiar with the matter said Austrian real estate company Signa Holding was considering a bid.
** Chinese conglomerate CEFC will buy a 14.16 percent stake in Russian oil producer Rosneft from a consortium of Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority in a move that further strengthens the energy partnership between Moscow and Beijing.
** Property and casualty insurer State Auto Financial Corp said it was considering options for its excess and surplus lines business, including a sale.
** Poland’s biggest bank, PKO BP, has agreed to buy mutual fund company KBC TFI from Belgium’s KBC Asset Management for an undisclosed sum, the state-run lender said.
** Romanian investment fund Fondul Proprietatea is considering selling its 20 percent stake in state-owned hydro power producer Hidroelectrica, a move it said was triggered by lack of government progress in listing it.
** Chilean forestry company Arauco has reached an agreement to buy two wood panel plants in Brazil from competitor Masisa , in a deal worth $102.8 million, the company said.
** Turkey’s Celebi Aviation Holding has shown interest in buying state-owned Air India’s ground handling operations, India’s aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said.
** Trinity Mirror, the publisher of the Daily Mirror, said it was in talks to buy Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell titles, including the Daily Express and the Star tabloid. (Compiled by Roopal Verma in Bengaluru)