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  • *Honda's N.American Q1 operating profit down 6 pct. Honda said its Mexico plant, which makes the Fit subcompact, was hit by delays as it adopted new manufacturing techniques, but the company kept its full-year U.S. sales targets unchanged and said volumes would get back on track.

  • *New Zealand dollar slips as Fonterra cuts payout forecast. LONDON, July 29- Sterling fell to a six-week low against the dollar on Tuesday while the New Zealand dollar dropped almost half a percent as thin summer currency markets marked time before a slew of U.S. data due later in the week.

  • McDonald's Japan to strengthen checks on chicken Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 AM ET

    TOKYO— McDonald's in Japan is increasing its checks on chicken from vendors in China and Thailand after allegations a Chinese supplier sold expired chicken. The U.S. fast-food chain's Japan unit on Tuesday withdrew this year's earnings and sales forecasts, citing uncertainties from the food scandal.

  • *New Zealand dollar slips after Fonterra cuts payout forecast. LONDON, July 29- The New Zealand dollar was the main loser among developed world currencies on Tuesday, down almost half a percent on a sign of weakness from the country's influential dairy sector.

  • Honda's quarterly profit up on Asian sales growth Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    TOKYO— Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 percent on demand for remodeled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Honda, Japan's No. 3 automaker, posted 574 billion yen profit on 11.84 trillion yen sales for the last fiscal year, which ended March 2014.

  • TOKYO, July 29- Honda Motor Co's April-June operating profit rose 7.1 percent from a year earlier to 198.04 billion yen, beating analyst estimates, boosted by cost cuts and strong sales of the remodelled Fit in Japan.

  • KIEV, July 29- Russia called on Tuesday Japan's plans to impose sanctions on the assets of those it considered to be involved in instability in eastern Ukraine "unfriendly" and said they would harm relations between the two countries.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 29- The dollar held near a six-month peak against a basket of currencies on Tuesday ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy review, while the kiwi slipped after dairy giant Fonterra cut its forecast payout to farmers.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    With PlayStation network, Sony goes back to the future in search of revival. TOKYO- Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster- the PlayStation.

  • *Japan jobs-applicants ratio hits 22- year high. TOKYO, July 29- Job availability in Japan hit its highest in 22 years in June as companies grew more confident about hiring, and household spending rebounded modestly- reinforcing expectations economic recovery will resume in the third quarter without the need for additional stimulus from the central bank.

  • *Dollar index holds near six-month peak, euro eight- month trough. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 29- The dollar held steady near a six-month peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, as investors kept to the sidelines ahead of a policy review by the Federal Reserve.

  • Japan jobs-applicants ratio hits 22- year high. By Stanley White and Tetsushi Kajimoto. TOKYO, July 29- The availability of jobs in Japan held at its highest in more than two decades, official data showed, while news of rising household spending suggested consumers were shrugging off April's sales tax hike.

  • Nissan is well positioned in the US: Analyst     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    Alec Gutierrez, Senior Market Analyst, Automotive Insights at Kelley Blue Book, discusses Nissan's robust results in the second quarter and outlines his earnings estimates for Honda.

  • Does weak Japan data imply more stimulus?     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 PM ET

    Izumi Devalier, Japan Economist at HSBC, warns that the government may introduce another fiscal stimulus package if economic activity doesn't pick up in July.

  • Why spending will likely stay weak in Japan     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    Takuji Okubo, Principal & Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, says Japanese consumers aren't seeing sufficient wage increments to cope with rising inflation and April's sales tax hike.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 29- With green-tea flavoured toothpaste and pickled plum juice, an army of Chinese retailers is tapping local tastes to whittle away market share from global rivals that are banking their future growth on the world's second-largest consumer market.

  • FEATURE-Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    But Romania ranks as the European Union's second-poorest state and among the weakest in collecting taxes and fighting fraud, making it poorly equipped to manage the bitcoin.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 28- Nissan Motor Co Ltd aims to boost sales and profitability in the United States, its biggest market, an executive said, after Japan's No.2 automaker posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly U.S. sales, closing in on rival Honda Motor Co.. It surpassed Hyundai Motor Co and is closing in on Honda, whose sales fell 0.8 percent during the same period.

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro- Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 28- Nissan Motor Co's operating profit rose a higher-than-expected 13.4 percent in the April-June quarter on improved sales in the United States and China, its two largest markets, following a change in senior management overseeing U.S. operations.