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  • Some Delta pilots get offer early-retirement offer Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Delta Air Lines Inc. is offering early-retirement incentives to pilots including those who fly the Boeing 747 as it prepares to ground four of the jumbo jets later this year. The Atlanta- based airline plans to retire four of its 16 Boeing 747 s when it replaces them with the Boeing 777 on its Atlanta- Tokyo route, a spokeswoman said.

  • It opened its first flagship store in New York City's chic Soho neighborhood in 2006. With the addition this week of a new location in Wayne, New Jersey, the company- owned by the world's fourth-largest fashion retailer, Fast Retailing Co- now operates 26 U.S. stores.

  • Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    PORTOROZ, Slovenia— Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- Sony Corp cut its earnings outlook for the sixth time on Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai's watch on Tuesday as it announced a massive impairment change on its smartphone unit, which it has failed to grow despite a rapidly expanding market.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- The Bank of Japan has begun paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more money into the financial system.

  • *Govt officials decline comment on stock sale. BANGKOK/ SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Thai rubber growers are calling for an investigation into government claims it sold half the country's stockpile of the commodity, as farmers grow increasingly disillusioned with what they see as a lack of state support.

  • Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    TOKYO— Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.

  • AHMEDABAD, India, Sept 17- A combination the "world's factory" and the "world's back office" will drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said ahead of a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has kept the Asian giants apart.

  • *China bank liquidity speculation underpins Aussie. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar firmed on Wednesday, recovering from a setback in the previous session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest guidance on U.S. interest rates.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares were tentatively higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares crept cautiously higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 29 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.

  • *Japan production capacity at 28- year low. TOKYO, Sept 17- Mazda Motor Corp has returned to profit as the falling yen has rewarded the carmaker's export-heavy strategy. "Companies are not that interested in expanding capacity in Japan," said Kaori Yamato, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- The Bank of Japan has begun paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more money into the financial system.

  • TOKYO, Sept 16- Japan's Pioneer Corp is to sell its disc-jockeying audio equipment unit to private equity firm KKR& Co LP for around 59 billion yen, it said on Tuesday, as it outlined a growth strategy centered on its automotive electronics business.

  • *ECB openly addresses economic benefits of weaker euro. FRANKFURT/ TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Attempts by the European Central Bank to weaken the euro have the potential to spark a currency war but policymakers across the world are keeping silent, knowing the ECB has scant alternatives to keep its economy afloat.

  • OSAKA, Japan, Sept 16- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said stable yen moves are crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen declines were starting to hurt their bottom line.

  • TOKYO, Sept 16- An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage. The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • *Nikkei sheds 0.4 pct in early trade after Japan holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher in early trade.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 16- The U.S. dollar loitered in familiar territory early on Tuesday with investors reluctant to do much as they waited for fresh guidance on interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while the Australian dollar rebounded from a six-month trough.