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  • DUBAI, Jan 17- A purchase of more than 100 aircraft from Europe's Airbus may be one of Iran's first big deals in a trade and investment boom that could reshape the economy of the Middle East. Hours earlier, his transport minister Abbas Akhoondi told the Tasnim news agency that Iran intended to buy 114 civil aircraft from Airbus- a deal that could be worth more than $10...

  • HAVANA, Jan 11- Global consumer products company Unilever Plc will return to Cuba after a several-year absence, agreeing on Monday to build a $35 million soap and toothpaste factory in Cuba's special development zone at the port of Mariel west of Havana. At the time of the dispute, Cuba's Communist government preferred the state hold a majority stake in joint...

  • By Emma Thomasson and Barbara Lewis. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 7- Eat misshapen veg, wash clothes in cold water, drive more slowly and recycle? As negotiators seek a deal to reduce global emissions at the U.N. talks in Paris, companies are under increasing pressure to account for all their carbon emissions, from manufacturing all the way through to packaging and a product's...

  • BERLIN, Dec 4- German industrial orders rose more than expected in October, fuelled by stronger demand from the euro zone, signalling that Europe's largest economy may be gaining steam as the year comes to an end. The data, published a day after the European Central Bank surprised financial markets by announcing only modest monetary stimulus, suggested Germany...

  • PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela, Dec 1- In June, President Nicolas Maduro smiled as he sealed a multimillion-dollar food import deal with his Uruguayan counterpart designed to combat shortages ahead of Venezuela's legislative elections. That put a brake on the shipments to Venezuela. Hit by recession and a slump in oil prices, Venezuela faces a cash crunch, hurting...

  • DUBAI, Nov 26- Speculation that Saudi Arabia could devalue its currency may owe more to a poor public relations effort by Saudi authorities than to the economic pressures on the kingdom. Riyadh has the tools available to protect itself as low oil prices push the current account and budget balances of the world's top crude exporter deep into deficit, senior...

  • Nov 13- Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly net sales on Friday, helped by demand for home products and footwear and a strong performance by the Sephora beauty shops in its stores. J.C. Penney's net loss narrowed to $137 million, or 45 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Oct. 31, from $188 million, or 62 cents per...

  • *Ahold, Henkel also rally after results. LONDON/ MILAN, Nov 11- European shares rose on Wednesday after well-received earnings reports from companies including Henkel and as Carlsberg's new management outlined restructuring plans, sending the brewing group's shares soaring. "If there's a one-off rate rise from the Fed, the market has enough appetite in it to...

  • *Ahold, Henkel also rally after results. LONDON, Nov 11- European shares rose on Wednesday, boosted by a spate of well-received earnings reports, with beverage firm Carlsberg higher after its new management outlined restructuring plans. Denmark's Carlsberg rose as much as 9 percent after it said it would book a $1.4 billion impairment charge and cut staff to...

  • Employees pack boxes of SodaStreams at the factory in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim.

    The single-serve coffee business shows at-home carbonated device sales could boom as competition ramps up, Sodastream CEO Daniel Birnbaum said.

  • Inside Method soap's headquarters

    Method emerged as a startup, and is taking on big companies to sell soap, dish washing detergent and cleaning products. CNBC goes inside the San Francisco headquarters.

  • Japan's households opened their wallets a bit wider than expected in May, with household expenditures jumping for the first time in more than a year.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo.

    Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, even though citizens of the isolated country have no access to the Internet.

  • LiquiGlide solves the stickiest of ketchup problems...

    Those days of pounding the bottom of that ketchup bottle may be over if a new product succeeds in hitting the mainstream.

  • A worker prepares packages for delivery at an Amazon.com warehouse in Brieselang, Germany.

    Amazon's new line of diapers and baby wipes only raises merchants' fears it plans to compete directly with sellers on its site. Re/code reports.

  • A Carlsberg advertisement

    Fears that Russia's economic downturn will ravage European multinationals may have been overstated in some cases, with companies that sell beer and soap defying expectations.

  • Detergent pods pose poisoning risk to children

    Laundry detergent pods, that are sometimes mistaken for candy or toys, have accidentally poisoned thousands of children, according to a new study.

  • Harry's Razors product

    Movember sponsor Harry's is looking to shave off a piece of the $6.1 billion men's grooming industry with low-priced blades and bathroom products sold online.

  • Annual growth in China's exports and imports slowed in October, data showed on Saturday, reinforcing signs of fragility in the world's second-largest economy.

  • The Procter and Gamble baby care offices stand at P&G's headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio,.

    Argentina has accused Procter & Gamble of tax fraud and said it suspended its operations in the South American country.