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  • July 30- Diamond rings on display at Nordstrom's flagship Seattle store are not for sale. It is the first time the company has turned to brick and mortar in its 15- year history, showcasing products in two Nordstrom stores.

  • BERLIN, July 30- Germany and the European Union are trying to convince several non-EU countries to join the bloc and United States in imposing sanctions against Russia for its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

  • METALS-Lead falls as investors book profits after rally Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    *Manufacturing growth in China expands. LONDON, July 30- Lead prices fell on Wednesday as investors took profits after a rally this month, but a brighter global economic outlook is seen providing support to industrial metals. Part of that is driven by improving macro sentiment, "said commodity analyst Ivan Szpakowski of Citi in Shanghai.

  • LONDON, July 30- U.S. and European companies dominate the global market in oil exploration and production, especially projects requiring complex engineering and reservoir management, but they will face increasing competition from China over the next decade.

  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on Sept. 23 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:24 AM ET
    Boxes of Xbox One devices at the Xbox One Gaming Tournament on November 23, 2013 in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

    The console will cost 3,699 yuan ($600) without the Kinect motion detection system and 4,299 yuan ($700) with Kinect.

  • UPDATE 1-Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sept 23 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 30- Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year.

  • Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.

  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sept 23 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:56 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 30- Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox group said at an event in Shanghai on Wednesday. The Xbox One will be the first foreign-made console to be launched in China in 14 years after the government this year lifted a 2000 ban on gaming consoles.

  • PREVIEW-China July official PMI seen hitting 8-month high Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    BEIJING, July 30- Activity in China's vast factory sector likely expanded at the fastest pace in eight months in July, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, adding to evidence that the economy is regaining momentum after a burst of government stimulus measures.

  • *Manufacturing growth in China expands. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 30- Lead and zinc fell on Wednesday as investors took profits after a rally by both metals this month, but a brighter global economic outlook could see industrial metals resuming their rise. Part of that is driven by improving macro sentiment, "said commodity analyst Ivan Szpakowski of Citi in Shanghai.

  • IMAX 'way ahead of the curve' in China: CEO     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    Richard Gelfond, IMAX CEO, discusses the growth of the movie consumption in Asia - and China in particular - and says international revenues now surpass U.S revenues.

  • Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K.. Users in Australia, Canada and India will also get a version of Cortana, although the company said that would be an earlier test mode.

  • China shares snap long-winning run, property falls Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 30- China's major indexes broke a long-winning streak on Wednesday, with early gains led by index heavyweight PetroChina Co Ltd offset by falls in property companies and banks. PetroChina was among top index boosts in Shanghai, climbing more than 6 percent at one point before trimming gains to end 3.1 percent higher.

  • China's local GDP data points to recovery, rebalancing Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    BEIJING, July 30- China's regional economies enjoyed a revival in growth in the second quarter, data from provincial governments showed, chiming with earlier figures that suggest a burst of government stimulus measures is re-invigorating activity. Growth also diverged sharply between eastern and western China.

  • Hong Kong set for 7th day of gains, China shares slip Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    *PetroChina up, banking and real estate slip. China's major indexes broke a long-running streak as early gains led by index heavyweight PetroChina Co Ltd were offset by plunging real estate and banking shares. PetroChina was among top index boosts in Shanghai, climbing more than 6 percent at one point.

  • How Mobius sees Chinese and Indian stocks     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, outlines his optimism in Chinese equities. He also discusses why a correction is due soon in the Indian markets.

  • China's purge may destabilize politics: Chang     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 PM ET

    Gordon Chang, Author of The Coming Collapse of China, likens the ongoing anti-graft campaign to a "political purge" that has created instability in China's political system.

  • Simon Cox, Senior Investment Strategist at BNY Mellon, says the crackdown on corruption has been "more sustainable and widespread than expected." He also discusses what it means for growth.

  • Khiem Do, Head of Asian Multi-Asset at Baring Asset Management, says Chinese and South Korean markets may outperform in the second-half of 2014 amid domestic efforts to boost growth.

  • China's bank stocks were oversold: Expert     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 PM ET

    Khiem Do, Head of Asian Multi-Asset at Baring Asset Management, discusses why Chinese financials are trading for less than its book value, despite minimal chances of a bankruptcy in the sector.