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  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • July 31- Online travel agency Expedia Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by higher hotel and flight bookings.

  • *Sees Q3 adjusted earnings $0.15- $0.35/ shr vs est $0.28. July 31- SunPower Corp, the second-largest solar panel maker in the United States, reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit as it installed fewer solar plants, sending its shares down 4 percent in extended trading.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *Expects Q3 revenue of $25 mln- $28 mln vs $41.3 mln. Expects adj loss $0.37- $0.43/ shr vs est loss of $0.05. July 31- Audio chip maker Audience Inc forecast current-quarter results largely below analysts' estimates after its biggest customer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, warned of increasing competition and weak earnings.

  • UPDATE 1-Western Union profit falls as costs rise Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    July 31- Western Union Co, the world's largest money-transfer company, reported a 2 percent fall in quarterly profit as compliance costs rose. Western Union, which gets most of its business from migrant workers sending money home, has lost ground in Mexico, a key market, after it was forced to close about 7,000 outlets over the last two years due to compliance issues.

  • July 31- Outerwall Inc's quarterly profit fell by more than half as fewer movie DVD releases led to lower revenue for its Redbox video rental kiosk business.

  • NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, Aug 1- India is scrambling to crack down on a new gold smuggling tactic that it fears could accelerate a flood of illegal imports of the precious metal into the world's second-biggest buyer.

  • July 31- GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 9.3 percent to $43.50 in extended trading.

  • July 31- Online travel agency Expedia Inc reported a 36 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by higher bookings for hotel rooms and airline tickets. The company's net profit rose to $85.9 million, or 67 cents per share, for the second-quarter ended June 30 from $63 million, or 51 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, Expedia earned $1.03 per share.

  • Action camera maker GoPro reports bigger loss Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    July 31- GoPro Inc, which makes cameras worn by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to record and post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 9.3 percent to $43.50 in extended trading.

  • SunPower profit falls as solar plant sales drop Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    SunPower Corp, the second-largest solar panel maker in the United States, reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit as it sold fewer solar plants. Net income fell to $43.9 million, or 28 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 29, from $62.8 million, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Outerwall profit halves, hurt by fewer DVD releases Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    July 31- Outerwall Inc quarterly profit fell by more than half as fewer movie DVD releases led to lower revenue for its Redbox video rental kiosk business. The company's net income fell to $21.8 million, or $1.08 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $46.9 million, or $1.64 per share, a year earlier.

  • Western Union profit falls as costs rise Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    July 31- Western Union Co, the world's largest money-transfer company, reported a 2 percent fall in quarterly profit as costs rose slightly. Net income fell to $193.8 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from $198.6 million a year earlier. The company's earnings were flat on a per share basis at 36 cents.

  • *Iliad bids $15 billion in cash for 56.6 pct at $33 per share. PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad SA has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile carrier now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • HOUSTON, July 31- Murky private rulings from the U.S. Commerce Department to a pair of companies allowing exports of a very light form of domestic oil with minimal processing confused many in the market over exactly what can be exported, Marathon Petroleum Corp Chief Executive Gary Heminger said on Thursday.

  • July 31- RadioShack Corp investor BlueCrest Capital Management is pushing the struggling electronics retailer to repay lenders who are blocking its plans to shut stores, Bloomberg reported. RadioShack said in March it would close 1,100 stores after reporting a huge drop in sales during the holidays.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile firm now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • UPDATE 4-Target names outsider as CEO after data breach Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    *Target appoints Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as CEO. July 31- Beleaguered retailer Target Corp named former PepsiCo and Wal-Mart executive Brian Cornell as CEO and chairman as it tries to regain customer confidence following a devastating data breach last year that hit earnings. Cornell, the first outsider to lead Target, has his work cut out.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 31- Imperial Oil Ltd reported a tripling of profit on Thursday and said production at its Kearl oil sands project was approaching its 110,000 barrel per day capacity as it continued to tweak operations at Canada's newest oil sands mine.