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  • HONG KONG/ MILAN, Sept 19- Italian luxury good company Prada SpA cut its 2014 revenue guidance on Friday due to weaker than expected consumer demand as it posted a 21 percent fall in net profit for the first half.

  • ROME, Sept 19- Italian public sector workers on Friday announced plans for a one-day demonstration on Nov. 8 against spending cuts and a public administration overhaul as verbal sparring increased between the unions and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

  • HONG KONG/ MILAN, Sept 19- Prada SpA will open fewer stores than previously planned this year, the Italian luxury goods group said on Friday, after reporting a 21 percent fall in its first-half net profit. In April Prada said it expected to see growth in sales this year in the "high-single" digits.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 12:00 p.m. ET Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Alibaba expected to rise in trading debut on heavy interest. NEW YORK- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surge 41 percent to $96.02 on their first day of trading as many investors who received fewer shares than hoped lined up orders to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. Wall St rises as Scots stay in UK, Alibaba debuts.

  • MILAN, Sept 19- Italian automaker Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand, a union representative said on Friday.

  • Italian unions to protest cuts, labour reform plans Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    ROME, Sept 19- Italian public sector workers plan a one-day demonstration on November 8 to protest against spending cuts and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's overhaul of the public administration, unions said on Friday.

  • *Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Gail offering 5- year deals- sources. The chance to ship LNG from the United States, where natural gas output is booming, was touted as the solution to Asia's soaring energy needs and mounting fuel import bill-- and firms rushed in to grab a slice of the affordable action.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • *To help Mitsubishi maintain production levels in Thailand. MILAN/ TOKYO, Sept 19- Mitsubishi Motors will produce a new pickup for Fiat from 2016 in a deal to boost the Italian carmaker's commercial vehicle sales and raise output at the Japanese company's plant in Thailand.

  • Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    MILAN— Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season. Prada, however, stuck to demure-length hemlines and dresses with no pants and no denim.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank saw far less demand than expected on Thursday for its new four-year loans to banks, raising doubts about a stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the euro zone economy.

  • *Scottish firms vs FTSE: http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/2014/08/27/14062036f0. htm. LONDON, Sept 17- The big question about investor anxiety over Scotland's independence referendum is not whether it's warranted, but why it took so long to materialise and why it's still so marginal.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Houston- based logistic firm Buckeye Partners has spent more than $3.5 billion buying assets since 2010, transforming itself from a quiet regional pipeline utility into an emerging energy powerhouse.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls headed off a backbench revolt against his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote after promising to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms intended to boost economic growth.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms ahead of a parliament confidence vote on Tuesday in which left-wingers have threatened to abstain in protest.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • The number of chronically undernourished people dropped by more than 100 million, equivalent to a country the size of the Philippines, according to a report by the United Nations food agency, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- Allies of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tipped him to survive a confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday after the centre-left leader pursued a two-day charm offensive to cajole rebel backbenchers into the government camp. Socialist Party managers expect some 30 deputies to abstain in a vote whose result is due around 7:30 pm local time.

  • Air France strike amid Europe's low-cost shakeup Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    Air France-KLM, which is the national carrier for France and the Netherlands, said it can ensure just 48 percent of flights Monday, 40 percent on Tuesday and perhaps less later in the week as unions protest against its savings program. Like Lufthansa, Alitalia, SAS and other national airlines in Europe, Air France-KLM is focusing on cost cuts to remain competitive.