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  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 28- Argentina's central bank is reducing the supply of scarce dollars to manufacturers two months ahead of a presidential election to ensure more are available for the nation's savers, hampering the import of parts and disrupting factory production lines. Car factory workers are already working reduced hours as companies grapple with a...

  • GameStop falls on outlook analysts call 'conservative' Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of GameStop skidded Friday after the video game retailer reported strong second-quarter results but gave a forecast that disappointed Wall Street. GameStop said sales of downloadable content for "Batman: Arkham Night" and "Witcher 3" powered its results, and the company's adjusted profit and revenue came in above Wall Street estimates.

  • NEW YORK— Video game maker Activision Blizzard and airline United Continental Holdings Inc. are going to become a part of the S&P 500.. Activision Blizzard, which makes games including "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty," will replace Pall Corp. after the market close on Friday. United Continental will replace Hospira Inc. after the Sept. 2 market close.

  • Aug 27- GameStop Corp said it expected robust revenue growth in the second half, helped by a strong slate of video game releases and growth in its mobile and consumer electronics businesses. Activision Blizzard Inc's "Destiny: The Taken King", Microsoft Studios' "Halo 5: Guardians" and Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate" are set to be released in the third quarter.

  • Aug 27- GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video games and related products, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by new releases such as "Batman: Arkham Knight" and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". GameStop is set to benefit from a strong slate of video game releases in the second half of the year, mainly in the fourth quarter, such...

  • NEW YORK— Samsung's new smartphones and tablets might not offer enough to entice current iPhone and iPad users to switch, but they keep Samsung at the head of the class among Android gadget makers. The new Galaxy devices come weeks before comparable updates from Apple are expected. In a sense, if Samsung can't beat the competition in sales, it can at least beat it to...

  • Taiwan stocks jump on Wall St; TSMC, Ilitek rally Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 9:50 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Aug 27- Taiwan stocks rose along with other Asian bourses on Thursday as a rally on Wall Street calmed jittery investors, with technology exporters such as TSMC leading the way. Mediatek, Taiwan's biggest chip design house, said its subsidiary plans to acquire Ilitek at T $51 per share. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.314 to T $32.451 per U.S. dollar.

  • TAIPEI, Aug 26- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday morning as sentiment remained fragile after Wall Street lost ground despite aggressive easings by China's central bank the previous day, with declines led by blue-chips such as TSMC. Mediatek, Taiwan's biggest chip design house, lost 2 percent. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.311 to T $32.568 per U.S. dollar.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 25- Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. In a statement, the appeals court said it confirmed a ruling by the lower Federal Patent Court that cancelled Apple's German...

  • Best Buy 2Q performance beats analysts' expectations Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Best Buy's turnaround is charging ahead. Best Buy's results are benefiting from an overall shift in consumer spending toward big ticket items in the home amid improving home values. "The home focus is very meaningful, when you think about our competitive advantages," Best Buy's CEO Hubert Joly told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

  • *SK Hynix says to build 2 new S.Korea plants by 2024. SEOUL, Aug 25- SK Hynix Inc, the world's No. 2 DRAM chip maker, on Tuesday said it plans to spend 31 trillion won to build two new chip plants in South Korea, aiming to update its production technologies to boost competitiveness. The memory chip industry has enjoyed robust profits in recent quarters, in part due to...

  • SEOUL, Aug 25- SK Hynix Inc, the world's No. 2 DRAM chip maker, on Tuesday said it plans to spend 31 trillion won to build two new chip plants in South Korea, aiming to update its production technologies to boost competitiveness. The firm, which competes with rivals including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Micron Technology Inc and Toshiba Corp, said the plants would be...

  • Aug 24- Apple Inc's China business experienced "strong growth" in July and August, Chief Executive Tim Cook told CNBC on Monday. The comments, in an emailed response to questions about the iPhone maker's business in China, come amid concerns about the country's economic growth that have sent global stocks reeling. Smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest...

  • Japan's Sharp in talks with Hon Hai on tie-up - Asahi Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 22- Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp has entered negotiations with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co for a tie-up over Sharp's struggling display business, the Asahi newspaper reported on Saturday. Chief Executive Kozo Takahashi initially resisted but last month said he was open to major restructuring, including some kind of strategic...

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japan's Nikkei fell below the 20,000 mark for a fourth consecutive day to a 3-1/ 2 month closing low on yet more signs of deceleration in the Chinese economy. As Apple lost 2 percent after a Gartner report showed falling smartphone sales in China, share prices for the tech giant's Japan suppliers followed suit. Alps Electric fell 7.1 percent while...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 21- Taiwan stocks fell on Friday, as steep declines on Wall Street and tech shares in particular hit Asian markets. Tech industry bellwether Apple Inc dropped 2 percent overnight Thursday, a worrying signal for its vast Asian supply chain. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.035 to T $32.643 per U.S. dollar.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft Corp said in a lawsuit on Thursday. It comes as the U.S. International Trade Commission is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft smartphones should be banned from...

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Most Japanese firms oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to push through legislation next month that will expand the country's military reach, saying the campaign does not have the support of the people and the economy should take priority, a Reuters survey shows. The monthly Reuters Corporate Survey showed 62 percent of companies oppose...

  • *Bernstein downgrade hits Disney, media stocks tumble. *Report of declining smartphone sales in China hits Apple. Consumer stocks led the decline on Wall Street with Disney down nearly 6 percent after a brokerage downgrade, while Apple slumped near 2 percent after a report that overall smartphone sales in China fell in the second quarter for the first time.

  • The return to profit, as well as the drop in sales, were flagged earlier this month in an earnings preview by the company, which runs the Sears department store and Kmart discount store chains. The REIT has leased the stores back to Sears for operation. Sears expects a $1.4 billion gain from that transaction.