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  • Prescription sales growth at Longueuil, Quebec- based Jean Coutu and rivals such as Shoppers Drug Mart Corp has been hurt in recent years by a provincial crackdown on generic drug prices and reimbursement rules.

  • *Provides follow-up regulatory update on tesamorelin. *Health Canada confirmed that screening of new drug submission is complete& regulatory review is now under way. *Expects to receive health Canada's final decision regarding nds within 150 days.

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Pan-Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd has agreed to buy ING's Malaysian insurance unit and is expected to pay $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion, handing the Dutch financial services firm its first deal in a nine-month drive to sell off Asian assets.

  • ISSAQUAH, Wash.-- Shoppers continue to head to Costco in search of deals, helping the wholesale club operator's fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb. Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk.

  • *Looming risk to safe-haven flows to U.S., Japan* IMF tone in contrast to more upbeat mood in Europe* IMF says global financial confidence "very fragile".

  • *After almost a year of waiting, Canada has formally joined major Pacific Rim trade talks- negotiations that will put pressure on Ottawa to ratchet back protections sheltering Canadian dairy, egg and poultry farmers from foreign competition.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp announced a massive recall on Wednesday to fix malfunctioning power window switches, saying it will pull back 7.43 million vehicles worldwide in the biggest single recall since 1996, performed by Ford Motor Co. The recall primarily affects cars in the United States, China and Europe.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp announced a massive recall on Wednesday to fix malfunctioning power window switches, saying it will pull back 7.43 million vehicles worldwide in the biggest single recall since 1996, performed by Ford Motor Co. The recall primarily affects cars in the United States, China and Europe.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp will voluntarily recall 7.4 million vehicles globally, including certain Vitz, Yaris and Corolla models, due to malfunctioning power window switches, the company said on Wednesday. The recall comes a day after Toyota reported its sales fell 48.9 percent year-on-year in China in September.

  • *EIA sees 2012 gas output at record-high 68.85 bcfd* 2012 gas demand seen up 4.7 pct from 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 10- The U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expects domestic natural gas production in 2012 to be up nearly 4 percent from 2011' s record levels.

  • NEW YORK-- The finance chief of Kinross Gold Corp. is resigning to pursue other interests. The Toronto gold mining company said Tuesday that it has begun a search for Paul H. Barry's replacement. Shares of Kinross Gold rose 3 cents, to $10.45 in afternoon trading.

  • TORONTO, Oct 10- The Bank of Canada said on Wednesday the average yield at its cash management auction of C $2.1 billion in treasury bills due Nov. 2 was 0.977 percent.

  • S Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will visit Mumbai. *Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speak at International Energy ministers meeting in New Delhi. *World Steel Association's 2- day annual conference in New Delhi.

  • *Looming risk to safe-haven flows to U.S., Japan. TOKYO, Oct 10- The International Monetary Fund urged European policymakers to deepen the financial and fiscal ties within the euro area with some urgency to restore sagging confidence in the global financial system.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A U.S. congressional report that urged American companies to stop doing business with Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 9- Canada indicated strongly on Tuesday it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks.

  • *Canada invokes "national security exception"* Suggests Huawei may be excluded from building network* U.S. House report urged U.S. firms not to deal with Huawei By Randall Palmer.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 10- Hong Kong shares are set to dip on Wednesday if weakness on Wall Street sparks profit-taking after the previous session's China- led rally. Meanwhile, the European Commission has delayed a trade case against Huawei and ZTE Corp, easing tensions between the European Union and China.

  • Oct 10- With flu season approaching, a Canadian study offers more reassurance that children with egg allergies can be safely vaccinated against the virus. The researchers, whose findings appeared in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, followed 367 egg-allergic people, mostly children, who got the flu shot over five years.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 9- Canada indicated strongly on Tuesday it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks.