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  • April 16- The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed.

  • PARIS, April 16- French food group Danone reported a slowdown in first-quarter sales growth on Wednesday, as sales volumes at its core dairy division were hit by the company passing on higher milk prices and sales in the baby food business also fell, though less sharply than feared.

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, April 16- China rejected on Wednesday a warning from the Obama administration that its currency was too weak, urging the United States to recognise that China aims to "perfect and regulate" the exchange rate system.

  • *Nikkei leads the way, encouraged by late rally on Wall St. *UK, euro zone data in focus, Ukraine tensions simmer. LONDON, April 16- Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

  • ZURICH, April 16- Syngenta AG, the world's largest maker of crop chemicals, expects weak emerging markets currencies to have a bigger hit on full-year earnings than previously assumed, it said on Wednesday, as it posted higher first-quarter sales.

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • *Lukoil sells around 30,000 bpd of oil production. MOSCOW, April 15- China further strengthened its position in oil-rich Kazakhstan on Tuesday with its state firm Sinopec paying $1.2 billion to buy out Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil from a venture there.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *New rule takes effect in 2019. LONDON, April 15- Global regulators have eased a new rule limiting how much business a bank can undertake with a single customer, as they try to minimise the risk of fallout from a counterparty going bust without imposing excessive burdens on financial firms.

  • LONDON, Apr 15- Investors cut extreme bets against emerging markets in April as improving Chinese growth expectations and cheap valuations attracted asset managers to the riskier asset class, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, April 15- Ukraine's hryvnia jumped from recent record lows on Tuesday after a 300- basis-point interest rate rise but ratcheting tensions with neighbouring Russia kept up pressure on regional as well as broader emerging markets.

  • *Problems in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia. LONDON, April 15- SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewer by sales, posted a modest rise in full-year lager sales volumes following troubles in a number of African markets that have been fueling growth for the past few years.

  • German economic confidence slips on Ukraine worry Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— A key German measure of investor confidence in the economy slipped in April as the conflict in Ukraine created uncertainty about the future. It is the second month the index has fallen because of concern over Ukraine, where Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula and is now accused of stirring unrest in the eastern part of the country.

  • Nestle sales up despite slack prices in Europe Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Food company Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe.

  • *Infosys Q4 net profit at 29.9 bln rupees vs 28.1 bln estimates. *Infosys sees FY15 revenue growing 7-9 pct. BANGALORE, April 15- Infosys Ltd, India's second largest software services exporter, forecast an increase in IT spending by its U.S. and European clients to boost sales between 7 and 9 percent this fiscal year, in line with expectations.

  • Investors remained wary of developments in Ukraine, where any escalation might quickly cause risk appetite to evaporate. Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown.

  • April 14- Credit Suisse AG has hired Jim Spencer from Lazard Ltd as head of financial institutions investment banking for the Americas, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday. Spencer will join Credit Suisse in October as a managing director based in New York. At Lazard, Spencer headed its U.S. banks advisory practice.

  • *Citigroup is one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday as Citigroup's earnings and strong retail sales gave investors reasons to buy equities despite a resurgence of geopolitical uncertainties.

  • *Citigroup one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, rebounding after a sharp selloff in the previous session as strong results from Citigroup and bullish retail sales data lifted sentiment.

  • *Says suffers from slower demand in North America, Russia. PARIS, April 14- L'Oreal posted a 2.2 percent drop in first-quarter sales on Monday, held back by slowing demand for mass market products including Garnier shampoo and Maybelline make-up, particularly in North America.

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