INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

KOHL PREDICTS UNITY

FOR GERMANY BY 1992BONN, West Germany - Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Wednesday predicted full German unification by the end of 1992.

Franch President Francois Mitterrand told him the merger should lead to closer integration for all of Europe.

"With the start of the big European market on Dec. 31, 1992, we will also see a united Germany," Mr. Kohl said in the southern city of Constance. He spoke to reporters after a two-day summit with Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez. Mr. Kohl was referring to the European Community's plans to create a barrier-free internal market by that date.

PAPER SAYS SOVIETS SET

FOR MARKET ECONOMY

MOSCOW - A well-connected Moscow weekly said Wednesday the government had prepared a list of radical draft laws and decrees to be finalized in the next few weeks to open up the Soviet Union to a market economy.

Commersant, organ of the Union of Cooperatives, said the package of 20 measures included laws on price reform, foreign investment, free enterprise, decrees on creating a bond market and new procurement prices for agricultural produce.

SWEDEN'S SKF TO BUY

CR INDUSTRIES

NEW YORK - SKF, the Swedish rolling bearing maker, said it would acquire Chicago-based CR Industries from Infint SA for an undisclosed price.

A source close to the deal valued it at over $100 million.

SKF said the purchase is a strategic move to expand its U.S. operations.

CR has annual sales of $270 million and is the leading U.S. maker of fluid sealing devices for the automotive, heavy truck and industrial equipment industries.