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  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stocks dipped on Monday, after soft data in China and Japan raised global growth concerns, while a further drop in oil prices weighed on energy shares. Data showed China's exports grew at a slower-than-expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the third quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open on Monday, putting the S&P 500 on track to pull back from its latest record high, as soft data in China and Japan kindled global growth concerns. Economic data showed China's exports rose at a slower than expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in...

  • Dec 8- McDonald's Corp reported a steeper-than-expected fall in global same-restaurant sales in November and said current-quarter results would be hurt by the after-effects of a supplier scandal in China and a stronger dollar. The world's largest restaurant chain has been battling competition from Wendy's Co and Burger King Worldwide Inc as well as from...

  • Dec 8- McDonald's Corp reported a steeper-than-expected fall at global established restaurants in November, hurt by increased competition in the United States and the after-effect of a supplier scandal in China. Shares of the world's largest restaurant chain by revenue fell 2.4 percent in premarket trading. McDonald's worldwide sales at restaurants open...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. health regulators estimate that consumers will suffer up to $5.27 billion in "lost pleasure" over 20 years when calorie counts on restaurant menus discourage people from ordering french fries, brownies and other high-calorie favorites. The FDA said the analysis balances the benefits to consumers when calorie information leads them to eat...

  • 'Perfect storm' churns milk into gold for farmers Saturday, 6 Dec 2014 | 5:00 PM ET
    Two dairy cows.

    A "perfect storm" of commodity prices and low feed costs have lifted profit and provided a windfall for farmers a few turbulent years.

  • Girl Scout troops sought online cookie sales: CEO Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chavez tells CNBC the idea for selling cookies online came from the troops that sell them.

  • Unilever seeks bigger margins without margarines Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    Unilever will separate its spreads business, which includes Flora and Bertolli margarine, into a standalone company. The NYT reports.

  • Four-pound white truffle could fetch $1M Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 4:17 PM ET
    Sabatino Truffles

    A company that sells truffles said it is auctioning off a huge truffle in New York with proceeds that will go to charity.

  • TORONTO/ WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 2- Cargill, Canada's biggest beef processor, is recalling ground beef sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc that may be contaminated with E. coli, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday. Cargill is recalling 31,000 pounds of beef produced at its Calgary, Alberta, plant, said Connie Tamoto, spokeswoman for the privately held...

  • TORONTO/ WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 2- Cargill, Canada's biggest beef processor, is recalling ground beef sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc that may be contaminated with E. coli, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday. The agency said there have not been any reported illnesses associated with Cargill Meat Solutions' "Your Fresh Market" brand beef, which was sold...

  • TORONTO, Dec 2- Some ground beef sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc in Canada may be contaminated with E. coli, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday, as meat producer Cargill recalled the products. The agency said there had not been any reported illnesses associated with Cargill Meat Solutions' "Your Fresh Market" brand beef, which was sold in Alberta, British...

  • PARIS, Nov 28- Louis Dreyfus Commodities named Mayo Schmidt, former head of Canadian grain handler Viterra, as its new chief executive in the latest stage of a corporate shake-up at the global trading firm. Louis Dreyfus, one of a quartet of "ABCD" companies that dominate agricultural commodity trading alongside Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill, is trying...

  • The Apax Middle- market Israel fund will target the country's technology, telecoms, healthcare, services and consumer sectors, the source said on Thursday. London- based Apax has historically had a strong presence in Israel, investing 972 million euros since 2005. Reuters reported in March it was planning to launch the fund, which will be the only...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 27- Subdued food price inflation in Europe is unlikely to pick up any time soon, adding to the pressure on mainstream grocers as they struggle with changing shopping habits and competition from discounters. Prices paid in Europe for fast-moving consumer goods rose at their slowest pace since 2010 in the third quarter, and fell in Spain, France...

  • UPDATE 2-Kellogg and Abraaj battle for Egypt's Bisco Misr Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    CAIRO, Nov 26- The battle for control of Egyptian cake and biscuit maker Bisco Misr intensified on Wednesday as Abraaj Investment Management raised its initial bid to trump a rival offer from Kellogg Co.. UAE- based Abraaj, the Middle East's largest private equity firm, raised its offer to 80.58 Egyptian pounds per share, exactly two percent above a bid of 79 pounds...

  • UPDATE 1-Kellogg tops Abraaj offer for Egypt's Bisco Misr Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    CAIRO, Nov 26- Kellogg Co, the world's biggest breakfast cereal maker, has offered 908.5 million Egyptian pounds for Egyptian cake and biscuit maker Bisco Misr, setting up a likely bidding war with a UAE investment company. UAE- based Abraaj Investment Management offered 850 million pounds this month for the Egyptian firm, which earlier refused a takeover bid...

  • Buckwheat problem gives Putin food for thought Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Nov 25- As if Russian President Vladimir Putin did not have enough to worry about with Western sanctions, falling oil prices and a collapsing currency, there is also now the price of buckwheat. Rumors that snow has ruined the harvest in the Altai region that grows the fruit seed have caused panic-buying in some areas and pushed up the price of one of Russia's...

  • How NOT to fry your Thanksgiving turkey  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates the worst possible way to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner during a news conference Tuesday.

  • Nov 25- Campbell Soup Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as soup sales in the United States rose for only the second time in five quarters. But the soup business has been facing increasing competition from store brands and niche producers such as Pacific of Oregon, Harris Foods Co and Amy's Kitchen Inc.. Campbell Soups said it now expected...