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  • KIEV, Oct 25- Ukrainians rushed to buy dollars on Thursday, driving the hryvnia currency to a seven-week low on speculation that officials will allow a sharp depreciation after elections on Sunday. Later on Thursday, Ukraine's central bank offered to sell dollars at 8.05 hryvnias per dollar.

  • UPDATE 2-Bunge results miss estimates as drought weighs Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:32 PM ET

    *U.S. drought alters typical grain trading patterns- Bunge. CHICAGO, Oct 25- Agribusiness giant Bunge Ltd reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter results and said global grain trading would remain ``volatile and complex'' following the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century.

  • Ford to shut more plants as Europe losses grow Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:42 AM ET

    LONDON-- Ford pressed ahead Thursday with its plan to slash production in Europe, announcing another plant closure and 1,500 more job cuts, as it warned that annual losses in the region will exceed $1.5 billion this year and next.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold bounces from 7 week low, eyes Bank of Japan Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    *Eyes on next week's Bank of Japan policy meeting. Spot gold was up 0.8 percent at $1,714.36 an ounce at 1034 GMT, bouncing off Wednesday's seven-week low of $1,698.39, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up $14.90 an ounce at $1,716.50.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. *Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • UPDATE 2-Unilever sales spruced up by China demand Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    *Strong demand for cleaning, hair and skin products in China. LONDON, Oct 25- Unilever's quarterly sales growth beat forecasts as demand for cleaning and personal care products in China helped the consumer goods group outshine larger rival Nestle.

  • Ford cutting 1,500 UK jobs as Europe losses grow Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    LONDON-- Carmaker Ford announced Thursday it will cut 1,500 jobs in Britain, closing a plant and eliminating a stamping and tooling facility, as it warned that losses in Europe will exceed $1.5 billion this year. Ford Motor Co., which on Wednesday announced the closure of another plant in Brussels, is struggling in Europe, as are many major carmakers.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • ZURICH, Oct 25- Credit Suisse will cut an extra 1 billion Swiss francs of costs, including axing more jobs, after its third-quarter net profit more than halved due to losses on the value of its own debt.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • S&P indicates it may upgrade Rosneft after BP deal Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    MOSCOW-- Ratings agency Standard and Poor's has indicated it may upgrade its rating on Rosneft following the Russian oil company's agreement to buy a joint venture between BP and a group of Russian billionaires. Rosneft on Monday agreed to buy TNK-BP, Russia's third-largest oil producer.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 2200 GMT Oct 24 Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:00 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24- Russia slammed leaks to the media from a closed-door Security Council briefing on Syria on Wednesday, saying diplomats and journalists involved should be stripped of U.N. accreditation fo r the release of confidential information.

  • Dominance of U.S. corn in Asia shaken by drought, price Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 8:57 PM ET

    *Brazil, Argentina grab US market share. Major importers in Asia, including South Korea, Taiwan and top buyer Japan, have turned away from the United States as U.S. corn prices soared to record highs this summer, buying feed from South America and producers in the Black Sea region.

  • *Copper ends near 6- week lows, gold slips below $1,700. NEW YORK, Oct 24- Brent crude fell for a seventh straight session on Wednesday, hitting 12- week lows after a sharp build in U.S. oil stockpiles, while most other commodities slid too as the dollar remained strong against the euro. Wheat futures hit one-month highs in Europe and a three-week peak in Chicago trade.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT GMT, Oct 24 Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • *First court verdict to thwart Gazprom's take-or-pay claim. *Gazprom paid $2.5 bln to European firms as part of pricing deal. PRAGUE/ MOSCOW, Oct 24- RWE Transgas, the Czech unit of Germany's RWE, has won a landmark dispute with Gazprom over gas contracts, after a court ruled for the first time that a company did not have to pay fines under a ``take-or-pay'' clause.

  • Oct 24- Thermo Fisher Scientific raised its full-year forecast for the second time this year as the world's largest laboratory equipment maker benefited from its presence in Asia, even as the weak U.S. and European economies dragged on its competitors.

  • Strauss-Kahn seeks comeback via conference circuit Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:08 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 24- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief whose French presidential ambitions were shattered by a sex scandal last year, is making a comeback in business and at conferences. The 63- year-old Strauss-Kahn was accused of trying to rape a New York hotel maid in May 2011.

  • ANALYSIS-Poland leans towards euro entry despite crisis Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    *Warsaw wants to be at EU's decision-making core. WARSAW, Oct 24- Polish policymakers are shedding their doubts about joining the euro and starting to favour accession again because they believe the risks of being left outside the core of Europe outweigh the danger of joining a single currency still in the grip of crisis.