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  • Oct 26- A new team of agricultural commodity traders has been assembled in China by INTL FCStone Inc. to work with producers and consumers of grain-based feed ingredients, the company said on Friday.

  • Oct 26- Consumer products maker Newell Rubbermaid Inc said it will cut about 2,000 jobs, or slightly more than 10 percent of its staff, over the next 2-1/ 2 years, joining a slew of U.S. companies trying to counter slowing sales by reducing costs.

  • *Copper arb window opened but China demand slow- traders.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth picked up in the third quarter as a late burst in consumer spending offset the first cutbacks in investment in more than a year by cautious businesses. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday, accelerating from the second quarter's 1.3 percent pace.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth picked up in the third quarter as a late burst in consumer spending offset the first cutbacks in investment in more than a year by cautious businesses. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday, accelerating from the second quarter's 1.3 percent pace.

  • Oct 26- Consumer products maker Newell Rubbermaid Inc said it will cut about 2,000 jobs, or slightly more than 10 percent of its staff, over the next 2-1/ 2 years, joining a slew of U.S. companies trying to counter slowing sales by reducing costs.

  • *Copper arb window opened but China demand slow- traders. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped to $7,778 a tonne at 0928 GMT, down 0.5 percent from Thursday's close of $7,815 a tonne.

  • BEIJING-- Chinese lawmakers stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official position Friday, formally expelling him from the country's top legislature and clearing the way for criminal proceedings against the once-rising political star.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's yuan hit its strong-side limit with Friday's first trade and firmly hugged the trading band boundary all day until weakening suddenly before the market close. The yuan opened at the lower limit of 6.2380, its strongest level ever, and held steady until just before 4 pm, when it dropped to a close of 6.2489, reversing all of the day's gains.

  • NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers say they're more than doubling their investment Vietnam over the next few years, as the world's biggest beverage maker intensifies its push to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. The report Friday from the Commerce Department is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

  • BEIJING-- China is telling tourist-favored Buddhist temples: Don't let money be your mantra. "Everywhere in China now is about developing the economy," complained Beijing resident Fu Runxing, a 40- year-old accountant who said he recently went to a temple where incense was priced at 300 yuan a stick.

  • BEIJING-- China's legislature on Friday passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and unnecessarily treated in psychiatric facilities _ abuses that have been used against government critics and triggered public outrage.

  • Both firms reported losses after the market close on Thursday, contributing to a sour trading session in Asia. "Strength in consumer spending remains an encouraging feature to today's report into the final quarter," said Andrew Wilkinson, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak& Co. "As they say, never write off the consumer."

  • DETROIT-- Toyota has widened its global sales lead over General Motors because its factories have recovered from last year's earthquake. Toyota could face a slowdown in the fourth quarter as sales fall in China. Anti-Japanese sentiment flared in China after Japan nationalized tiny islands in the East China Sea.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a ten-day winning streak on Friday, as the Hang Seng Index retreated from 2012 highs, dragged down by China Unicom's 7.6 percent slump after posting disappointing third quarter corporate earnings.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that cost-control efforts helped boost its third-quarter results well above Wall Street expectations. Adjusted income was 20 cents per share, compared with a loss of 15 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion, according to FactSet.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. Growth accelerated from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • NEW YORK-- Stock futures are falling sharply before the government provides a peek at U.S. economic growth over the past three months. There are also signs of unease in China, with evidence of a massive flow of money out of the country before a government power shift.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a 10- session winning streak on Friday, hit by a 7.6 percent slump in China Unicom after the country's second-largest mobile operator posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit.