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LONG ISLAND

Competitor to buy Certpoint

Certpoint Systems Inc., a Roslyn Heights business software developer, has agreed to be acquired by Infor, a large competitor based in Manhattan. Certpoint, founded in 1996, has about 100 employees, including 50 on Long Island. It publishes software in 30 languages, used by 1,300 businesses in 80 countries. Infor, which employs 12,400, did not disclose terms of the sale, due to close April 1. In a statement, it said acquiring Certpoint would broaden its reach in sectors including health care, automotive, finance and manufacturing. "Infor and Certpoint share a . . . focus on innovation and business impact," said Certpoint CEO Ara Ohanian. Certpoint was among the few LI companies to receive venture capital last year, securing $1.6 million. -- Joe Ryan

Health job fair today

Eighteen health care employers -- most of them hospitals and nursing homes -- will be looking to fill about 200 jobs at a Suffolk County job fair today. Jobs available include skilled posts like certified nursing assistants and physical therapists, as well as clerical jobs, said Kirk Cronk, director of business services at the Suffolk Labor Department. The fair will take place at the Suffolk One-Stop Employment Center in Hauppauge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers hiring include Brookhaven Memorial and North Shore-LIJ hospitals. Prepare for interviews. -- Lisa Du

Food workers delay strike vote

The union representing Stop & Shop meat, deli and seafood workers has postponed a strike vote set for Monday as its leaders continue to negotiate with company officials. This is the second time the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 342, representing about 800 local workers, has postponed the vote. Union leaders had called for a strike vote to take place March 1 after almost two years of talks. Members have been working under a contract that expired in October 2011. Local 342 continues "to work to find mutually agreeable solutions to remaining bargaining issues," the union said in a statement. -- Keiko Morris

NATION

Frito-Lay loses lawsuit

A jury has sided with a St. Louis company in its battle with Frito-Lay over bowl-shaped tortilla chips. Frito-Lay sued St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings in February 2012 in U.S. District Court in Dallas, claiming Ralcorp and its Medallion Foods subsidiary infringed on intellectual property rights by making Bowlz corn chips, a product similar to Frito-Lay's Tostitos Scoops! chips. Frito-Lay was seeking $4.5 million in damages. But on Friday the jury sided with Ralcorp and Medallion and gave Frito-Lay no money. A spokesman for Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay says the company is disappointed and is considering an appeal. Ralcorp makes food sold under store brand names.

Pressure raised against Dell

Dell's largest independent shareholder is turning up the pressure against the proposed $24.4 billion sale of the struggling personal computer maker to a group of investors that includes its CEO. In a letter yesterday, Southeastern Asset Management demanded that Dell Inc. provide a list of the company's other stockholders. Obtaining that information could help Southeastern rally support for a shareholder mutiny to block the deal. Dell, which is based in Round Rock, Texas, said it will review Southeastern's request. Dell's board of directors last month announced plans to sell the company to founder and CEO Michael Dell and others led by investment firm Silver Lake for $13.65 per share. If the sale is completed, it will end Dell's 25-year history as a publicly traded company and enable Michael Dell to attempt to engineer a turnaround without having to cater to Wall Street's desire for higher profits from one quarter to the next.

WORLD

French workers protesting

France's toughest unions are protesting a potentially landmark plan to loosen the country's famously rigid labor rules, calling it a betrayal by Socialist President Francois Hollande and a gift to capitalist bosses. Multinationals are shutting factories around France amid Europe's economic slowdown, with many complaining about the high cost of employing French workers. A new draft French labor law is to be introduced at a Cabinet meeting today. -- AP

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