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  • KATHMANDU, Nepal— Nepal's only international airport will remain closed at least another day as workers attempt to remove a Turkish Airlines jet that skidded after landing, blocking the single runway, aviation officials said Friday. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal chief Ratish Chandra Lal Suman said special equipment flown in from India was being used to...

  • India will produce 1.5 billion tonnes of coal by the end of this decade, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told the Coaltrans India conference this week in New Delhi. He still has the problem that nobody believes that state-controlled behemoth Coal India will be able to double its output to 1 billion tonnes per annum within five years. Then there is the challenge of...

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, March 6- Having agreed this week to formally adopt inflation targeting as a guiding star for monetary policy, India's government and central bank remain at odds over how crucial decisions are made. Both sides support the setting up of a Monetary Policy Committee, as first officially proposed in 2014 when a different government was in power, and...

  • March 5- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, forecast a full-year profit above analysts' estimates as it benefits from its acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc and higher margins on fuel. Kroger shares rose 6.7 percent to a record high of $74.30 in morning trading on Thursday. Kroger completed its $2.5 billion acquisition of Harris Teeter...

  • Supermarket operator Kroger's profit rises 23 pct Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 8:53 AM ET

    March 5- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, on Thursday reported a 23 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by its acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc and higher margins on fuel. Net income attributable to Kroger rose to $518 million, or $1.04 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, from $422 million, or 81 cents per share, a year...

  • *China is world's second-biggest defence spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • March 4- Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie& Fitch Co said the factors that led to a drop in sales in the fourth quarter- a strong dollar and weak demand for clothing featuring its name and logo- would persist in the first half of its fiscal year. Abercrombie& Fitch shares fell as much as 15 percent to a six-year low of $20.37 in morning trading on Wednesday.

  • Mar 4- Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie& Fitch Co said the factors that led to a drop in sales in the fourth quarter- a strong dollar and weak demand for clothing featuring its name and logo- would persist in the first half of its fiscal year. Teen apparel retailers such as Abercrombie, American Eagle Outfitters Inc and Aeropostale Inc have suffered as young...

  • Abercrombie & Fitch profit falls by a third Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:44 AM ET

    Mar 4- Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie& Fitch Co said its quarterly profit fell by a third, hurt by low demand for its Hollister and namesake brands, discounts and a strong dollar. The company's net income fell to $44.4 million, or 63 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, from $66.1 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales fell 14 percent to...

  • *China is world's second biggest defense spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • BEIJING— China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The spending reflects China's growing power and desire to assert itself in the region and globally. Fu told a news conference that...

  • NEW DELHI— India's central bank on Wednesday unexpectedly cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the second such reduction this year as the bank lends support to government efforts to boost economic growth. But India's inflation rate has fallen substantially in recent months as global oil prices have dropped sharply. India's Prime Minister...

  • As Wall Street nears record, should you be worried?  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 10:15 PM ET

    Mark Matthews, head of Research, Asia of Bank Julius Baer, remains bullish on U.S. stocks. He adds that if an 8 percent pullback occurs, it will be "nothing much in the midst of a bull run."

  • Holy cow! #Beefban blows up on social media Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 9:05 PM ET

    The hashtag #beefban is blowing up on Twitter after Maharashtra imposed a jail sentence and fine for the sale or possession of the red meat.

  • NEW YORK— Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years. Target also plans to invest between $2 billion and $2.2 billion in capital expenditures for the current fiscal year. We have to create a more innovative culture, " Brian Cornell, Target's CEO told analysts Tuesday at a meeting in New York...

  • India's smartphone boom  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 1:39 PM ET

    India is the fastest growing cellphone market in Asia. Who's leading the market, with CNBC's Seema Mody.

  • March 3- Citigroup Inc said it has agreed to sell its consumer finance unit OneMain Financial Holdings Inc to subprime lender Springleaf Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash. The consumer finance company is part of Citi Holdings, which Citigroup created during the financial crisis to park assets that it wanted to eventually divest or wind down.

  • March 3- Citigroup Inc said it has agreed to sell its consumer finance unit OneMain Financial Holdings Inc to subprime lender Springleaf Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash. The sale of OneMain is a major step in the No. 3 U.S. bank's plan to sell unwanted assets and focus on wealthier clients. OneMain is part of Citi Holdings, which Citigroup created during the...

  • March 2- Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp said on Monday it had tied up with Citigroup Inc and Visa Inc to issue co-branded credit cards in the United States and Puerto Rico. Citigroup will exclusively issue the co-brand cards and Visa would provide the payment network, replacing American Express Co, from April 1, 2016, Costco said.

  • March 2- Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp said on Monday it had entered into agreements with Citigroup Inc and Visa Inc for co-branded credit cards. Citigroup will become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express Co as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico from...