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  • WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • LONDON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Top oil companies in the western world are missing out on the full benefits of strong crude prices because of costly production outages and delays in bringing on new capacity, third-quarter results are set to show. ``Earnings are... down 13 percent year-on-year, worse than the 2 percent decrease in Brent prices- once again demonstrating the majors' poor margin capture in a strong commodity price environment and rising cost pressures,'' said Credit Suisse analysts in a note on the top European players.

  • VEVEY, Switzerland, Oct 26- It looks like mission control: in a Swiss market town, an array of screens in Nestle's headquarters tracks online sentiment. Other companies, such as PepsiCo, Danone and Unilever, have exploited the opportunities to promote themselves online.

  • *Ottawa wanted to review China, Malaysia deals together. OTTAWA/ CALGARY, Oct 26- Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas was so confident last Friday that its purchase of Progress Energy Resources Corp would be approved by Canada that company officials had drafted a press release to announce the news.

  • *Agrium believes Jana campaign is effectively over. Shareholders are taking notice as both Agrium and Jana work the phones and hold meetings to make their respective cases, according to investors and sources close to Jana and the company. Agrium's shares closed at $105.88 apiece on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

  • HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a major threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after lashing Cuba with heavy rains and tree-toppling winds and swirling through the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- Goldcorp Inc, the No. 2 Canadian gold miner, reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Thursday, as improved performance at its Red Lake and Penasquito mines led to strong gold and silver sales.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25- Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to sell underperforming assets to control costs and boost profit, executives said on Thursday, a day after reporting weak earnings and halting work on a giant iron ore mine in the West African nation of Guinea.

  • Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling bags of its ground coffee in major Canadian stores in November, its Canadian chief told Reuters on Thursday, in a likely challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin' Donuts.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling ground coffee in major Canadian stores in November, in a new challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin Donuts. The coffee, priced at C $6.99 for 340 grams, launches as McDonald's steps up its expansion in Canada, after holding back for more than five years. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.

  • *Conoco 2012 spending seen at $15.5 billion- $16 billion. Oct 25- ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum Corp reported quarterly results that topped Wall Street estimates as they produced more oil and gas than expected, even as lower prices hurt profits.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25- Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to sell underperforming assets to control costs and boost profit, executives said on Thursday, a day after reporting weak earnings and halting work on a giant iron ore mine in the West African nation of Guinea.

  • *Q3 FF0 $1.99/ share vs Street view $1.92. Oct 25- Simon Property Group Inc reported a 19 percent increase in a key earnings measure Thursday on higher rents and sales at its malls and outlet centers, easily beating estimates, and the real estate investment trust raised its outlook for the year.

  • *At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a serious threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling ground coffee in major Canadian stores in November, in a new challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin Donuts. The coffee, priced at C $6.99 for 340 grams, launches as McDonald's steps up its expansion in Canada, after holding back for more than five years. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.

  • Oct 25- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's third-quarter earnings fell 22 percent as a standoff over new contracts led to a sharp drop in shipments to China and India, the world's two biggest consumers of the company's namesake crop nutrient. China accounted for just 12 percent of sales and India 5 percent.

  • That's the best proof, Toyota officials say, that they're achieving their goals at the north Mississippi plant, which marks its first anniversary this week. It could grow to make 200,000 vehicles a year, though Toyota says there are no expansion plans now.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- Outdoor clothing maker Columbia Sportswear Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 5 percent, hurt by weakness in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • *Chevy Trax will enter Brazil next year as import-source. SAO PAULO, Oct 25- General Motors Co plans to bring its new Chevrolet Trax to Brazil in an effort to end the dominance its smaller U.S. rival Ford Motor Co has enjoyed in the small sport utility vehicle segment.

  • *McDonald's taking on Tim Hortons in Canada. TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp has stepped up its expansion in Canada again after holding back for more than five years and the fast food chain's Canadian chief sees the potential for a much larger footprint across the country. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.