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  • FRANKFURT, Oct 31- Germany's solar power systems market continued to grow strongly in September, putting Europe's biggest economy on track for a new installation record this year and increasing pressure on the ruling coalition to curb the spiralling costs to consumers.

  • *Market awaits China's official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper rose more than 1 percent as the dollar weakened against the euro on Wednesday, but the metal was still on track for a monthly loss on uncertainty about demand from top consumer China.

  • Oct 31- Nu Skin Enterprises Inc's quarterly results handily beat Wall Street expectations on strong performance of its anti-ageing and nutritional supplement businesses in China, prompting the company to raise its full-year forecast for the sixth time.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- World shares and the euro edged up on Wednesday as investors braced for a storm-hit Wall Street to reopen after its two-day closure and looked ahead to economic data later in the week. Equity futures are higher, so people are expecting a positive opening,'' said Arne Lohmann Rasmussen, head of currency research at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

  • *Market eyes China official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper bounced more than 1 percent as the dollar weakened on Wednesday and short-term speculators switched to risk-on trading, but the metal was on track for a monthly loss as uncertainly persisted about demand from top consumer China.

  • *Proposes dividend of $0.20 from 2013, vs $0.75 in 2012. BRUSSELS, Oct 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, plans to slash its dividend and focus on cutting debt after slowing demand from China and sluggish European markets drove it to a third-quarter loss.

  • BEIJING, Oct 31- China unveiled on Wednesday a natural gas policy designed to spur the transport sector's use of the cleaner-burning fuel, and particularly of liquefied natural gas, as the world's second-largest user of fuel reins in consumption of dirtier oil.

  • *Yuan posts strongest ever open and close. *Ends day at strong-side limit. SHANGHAI, Oct 31- China's yuan recorded its strongest ever close on Wednesday after it hit the strong-side trade band limit for a fourth time in less than a week, and held there until trading shut.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.

  • DETROIT-- A turnaround in South America and a rosier outlook in Europe helped push General Motors shares up in premarket trading Wednesday, even though the company's third-quarter net profit fell 14 percent. But South America swung to a big profit and GM posted better-than-expected results internationally outside of China.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- The euro rose on Wednesday, lifted as equity market gains helped perceived riskier currencies, and with direction likely to be determined by how Wall Street reopens after storm disruption. A sustained rise above $1.30 could see it target the Oct. 25 high of $1.3023 and then the mid-October peak of $1.3140.

  • *HSI up 1 pct, climbs 3.8 pct this month. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares posted a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said it would slash its dividend and focus on cutting debt after slowing demand from China and sluggish European markets drove it to a third-quarter loss.

  • NEW DELHI/ HONG KONG, Oct 31- Under-fire Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is reaching out to one of its sternest critics: a hacker who accused it of making shoddy products.

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  • HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares closed out a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- London copper climbed for a second session on Wednesday, pushing further away from two-month lows as risk appetite picked up, but the industrial metal is heading for its weakest month since May as demand growth from top consumer China slows.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 31- Mainland Chinese shares edged higher on Wednesday, buoyed by earnings-driven strength in the banking and retail sectors that helped benchmark indices trim October losses. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings closed up 0.7 percent on Wednesday but down 1.7 percent in October at 2,254.8.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Hong Kong was named the world's top financial centre for the second year running by the World Economic Forum, thanks to the strength of its business environment, infrastructure and a favourable tax regime. The United States, Britain, Singapore, Australia and Canada followed Hong Kong in the 2012 rankings.