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  • DUBLIN— Aer Lingus announced Monday that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering the proposal. Instead, Aer Lingus said acceptance of IAG's all-cash offer would require "irrevocable commitments" from the two biggest shareholders: rival budget carrier...

  • *Shanghai copper hits downside limit, at lowest since July 2009. SINGAPORE, Jan 26- London copper tumbled as much as 3 percent on Monday to its lowest level since 2009 as a stronger dollar fueled an aggressive sell-off that dragged down prices in Shanghai by 5 percent. A slide in the euro to 11- year lows against the dollar after Greece's Syriza party promised to roll...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- Dalian Wanda Group, China's biggest commercial real estate conglomerate, said on Monday it is investing $1 billion in a prime property development close to Sydney Harbor, its second large investment in Australia. Australia was the third top destination for Chinese property investment after the United States and Britain in the first eleven...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.6 percent to 17,402.97 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.2 percent at 1,935.40.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group said it has agreed to sell a prime Sydney office building to China's Dalian Wanda Group for about A $415 million. China's biggest property conglomerate plans to build a 5- star hotel as well as luxury residential and retail developments at the location, the company said in a statement.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 25- Deutsche Bank will remember Thursday, Jan. 8 as the start of "Duesselgate," a nickname born not of wrongdoing, but from the shockwaves sent by a speech given in Germany's former industrial heart. "Deutsche Bank is pretty much alone in Europe with this claim," he said only weeks after the group decided to examine its business model from head to toe.

  • Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 AM ET

    *Mouth strips only on sale in Manchester and online for now. LONDON, Jan 25- Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

  • DUBLIN— Officials say the parent company of British Airways has made a third, improved takeover approach to Irish airline Aer Lingus and an announcement of the offer is expected Monday. Over the past month Aer Lingus has rejected two lower-priced proposals from IAG, created in 2009 by the merger of British Airways and the Spanish airline Iberia.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • OPEC announced last November it would keep output steady at 30 million barrels a day, despite pleas from some members for it to cut output to support prices and revenues. Stuart Glickman, an equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, said there was no indication OPEC would cut production soon. "It's a calculated bet that the shale producers in the U.S. can't withstand the pain...

  • *Partial shutdown of Indiana refinery pressures US crude. NEW YORK, Jan 23- Brent crude rose on Friday on uncertainty over Saudi oil output following the death of King Abdullah, while U.S. crude prices fell, with traders citing a reported build at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub and the partial shutdown of an Indiana refinery. Still, the transition should be...

  • *Saudi-led OPEC focus to remain, safeguarding market share. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. crude fell modestly on Friday while global Brent gained support from market uncertainty over the future of Saudi oil production following King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's death. Brent was up 30 cents at $48.82 by 11:20 a.m. EST, while U.S. crude fell 21 cents to $46.10.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- U.S. home resales rebounded in December, but continued low participation by first-time buyers in the market suggested the housing recovery would remain gradual for now. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.04 million units last month. "The still-tight mortgage...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- The euro fell to fresh 11- year lows against the dollar on Friday following the European Central Bank's announcement on Thursday that it would pump a trillion euros into the euro zone economy to revive sagging growth and ward off deflation. The euro lost over 2 percent against the greenback and fell below $1.12 to $1.1115 for the first time since...

  • *70 pct of cars bought on credit- Citi. LONDON, Jan 23- Shares in European carmakers powered to record highs on Friday as investors bet the European Central Bank's trillion-euro bond-buying plan would drive down the cost of car financing as well as boost eurozone companies' exports. Some 70 percent of cars in developed markets are bought on credit, according to...

  • *Saudi-led OPEC focus set to stay on retaining market share. LONDON, Jan 23- Brent crude oil rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's king added to uncertainty in oil markets, although the new ruler indicated immediately there would be no policy change. Brent crude rose to a high of $49.80, up $1.28 a barrel, before easing to around $49.20 by 1515 GMT.

  • LONDON/ BUDAPEST, Jan 23- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long irritated European Union partners with economic policies that have burned foreign banks operating in Hungary. Such policies were contributing factors in the banks, including Austria's Raiffeisen and Erste and a unit of Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo, taking write-downs on their Hungarian...

  • *Euro slumps towards $1.11 to 11- year low, bond yields reach new lows. LONDON, Jan 23- The European Central Bank's plan to pump out about 1 trillion euros to revive the euro zone economy put stocks in the region on track for their best week since 2011 but hammered the shared currency. Oil prices rose on hopes for a boost to global growth from the ECB's landmark move,...

  • Top official: Russians will 'eat less' for Putin Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland— Russian Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support. Russia has for the past year been sliding into recession amid a slump in its energy export prices as...

  • LONDON— Bradley Cooper is swapping Broadway for London's West End. John Hurt starred in David Lynch's 1980 film adaptation. It closes at New York's Booth Theatre on Feb. 21, and runs at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 to Aug. 8.