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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • Industry data published on Friday showed that France incurred its 12th straight monthly decline in new car registrations, while demand in Spain continued to plummet.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Global stocks and crude oil slipped on Friday even after a U.S. employment report for October surpassed expectations, as investors looked beyond next week's presidential election to the looming ``fiscal cliff.''.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold prices fell to their lowest level since late August on Friday, sliding more than 1 percent as the dollar jumped after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data in the last major signal on the state of the economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was down 1.8 percent at $1,684.36 at 1509 GMT, having earlier hit an eight-week low of $1,682.89.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 2- Canadian job growth stalled in October after two months of strong hiring, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday, confirming expectations employment gains would ease to reflect sluggish economic growth. The underlying details are still fairly positive,'' said David Tulk, chief Canada macro strategist at TD Securities.

  • *Global drugmakers worried by India's tough stance. MUMBAI/ LONDON, Nov 2- India dealt a fresh blow to the international pharmaceutical industry on Friday as its patents appeal board revoked a patent granted six years ago on Roche's hepatitis C drug Pegasys.

  • PARIS, Nov 2- Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent may sell assets to strengthen its balance sheet after posting a second straight quarterly loss as its customers around the world cut spending on mobile and fixed networks.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe eased on Friday but prices held above a six-month low set earlier this week as the focus remained on Vietnam's crop which is expected to be large but slightly below last season. January robusta coffee futures fell $5 or 0.3 percent to $1,979 a tonne at 1510 GMT.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Overseas investors, many of whom are creditors to the highly-indebted U.S. government, reckon a re-election of President Barack Obama would be best for world markets even if U.S. counterparts say otherwise.

  • *North Sea supply expected to return, Angolan force majeure. LONDON, Nov 2- Brent oil headed for its lowest close in three months on Friday, down for a fifth day, as firm U.S. jobs data helped push the dollar higher but failed to ease fears about the outlook for global demand.

  • UPDATE 3-Apple rolls out iPad mini to shorter lines Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    SYDNEY/ NEW YORK, Nov 2- The launch of Apple Inc's iPad mini attracted smaller crowds from Sydney to New York on Friday than have been typical for previous Apple product debuts, events marked by people lining up for hours or even days.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 10.30 AM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lacklustre economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moving shortly, by Jason Lange, 830 words).

  • PARIS, Nov 2- Alcatel-Lucent is considering selling its submarine cable business and a unit that supplies telephone systems to big companies as part of its effort to shore up its balance sheet, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • *Wall Street, crude oil retreat after strong payrolls report. Wall Street opened higher but faltered near break-even and Brent crude retreated after the Commerce Department reported new orders for manufactured goods climbed 4.8 percent, a sharp gain driven by volatile aircraft orders.

  • UPDATE 2-Penske profit beats but stock falls Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    Nov 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc, the No. 2 U.S. car dealership group, posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, but shares fell more than 2 percent as gross margins and vehicle pricing disappointed.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • JAKARTA/ LONDON, Nov 2- Financier Nat Rothschild is in talks with Indonesian investors, including a contender for the country's presidency, on a plan to counter a $1.4 billion proposal by the influential Bakrie family to dismantle coal mining group Bumi Plc, sources said.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1345 GMT, Nov 02 Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    BEIJING- Potentially sinister threats to China's ruling Communist Party sit unnoticed in cages perched on a rooftop above a small alleyway in southwestern Beijing.

  • *Profit of $2.55/ share before items miss analysts' view of $2.83. Nov 2- Chevron Corp posted much lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday as maintenance exacerbated a steady decline in oil and natural gas production and as a huge fire at one of the company's California plants hit the refining business.

  • *Pressure rising for projects to revive UK economy. LONDON, Nov 2- London's mayor accused the British government on Friday of ``utter inertia'' on airport expansion policy with pressure growing for a launch of major infrastructure projects to help shore up the floundering economy.