(Adds Barrick Gold’s response)

Dec 6 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp will sell a research and development company it owns and reduce its technology staff, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The gold miner expects to close its Randgold Resources Ltd purchase Jan. 1, and incoming CEO Mark Bristow has said he plans to sell a variety of noncore core assets, cut costs and shrink head-office management to

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