Safeway tops volunteer goal for employees

Pleasanton-based Safeway said its employees gave more than 1 million hours of volunteer service to their neighborhoods during 2012.

The results in 2012 surpassed the supermarket chain's goal for volunteer activity for the second consecutive year.

Safeway also topped the million-hour mark for employee volunteer work in 2011.

The grocery company has 175,000 employees.

Chevron says profit higher in 4th quarter

San Ramon-based Chevron expects its profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 will come in "notably higher" than the earnings for the third quarter of 2012, the energy giant said Thursday.

The company's upstream business -- exploration, development and production -- as well as its downstream operations -- refineries, retail outlets and transportation -- are both expected to post higher earnings.

In the first two months of the recently completed quarter, crude-input volumes into refineries decreased by 77,000 barrels a day. The ongoing shutdown of the Richmond refinery's crude unit, hobbled by a disastrous fire in early August, was the primary factor behind the slump in refinery operations.

Bio-Rad to buy unit of German company

Hercules-based Bio-Rad Laboratories has bought Germany-based AbD Serotec for about $70 million in cash, the life sciences company said Thursday.


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AbD Serotec is one of the world's largest antibody manufacturers.

A unit of Germany-based MorphoSys, AbD Serotec offers more than 15,000 antibodies, kits and accessories.

-- Staff