After reporting heavy losses for the third quarter, Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it sold off stakes in Chinese and French holdings in the downstream sector. For $510 million, Shell said it sold off its liquefied petroleum gas business in France to rival DCC Energy. The divestment includes the staff from business entity Butagaz and the brand. In China, for a confidential sum, the Dutch supermajor said it sold a 75 percent stake in a lubricants division to Chinese investment firm Huo’s Group and U.S.-based multinational investor The Carlyle Group. “Both divestments are consistent with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its downstream footprint on assets and markets where it can be most competitive, and to divest its LPG businesses worldwide,” […]