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  • ZURICH, Aug 7- Nestle announced an 8 billion Swiss franc share buyback on Thursday and revealed stronger sales growth in emerging markets in contrast to other big consumer products companies.

  • *Police in eastern Sierra Leone blockade Ebola-hit towns. FREETOWN/ MONROVIA, Aug 7- Police and soldiers in Sierra Leone blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.

  • ZURICH, Aug 7- Adecco, the world's largest staffing company by sales, expects a modest economic recovery to keep demand for temporary workers stable in Europe as it reported a slight slowdown in underlying revenue growth in the second quarter.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Well before settling a long-running oil price manipulation case this week, global oil trader Arcadia had shrunk itself to a leaner operation with an almost singular focus: trading the very contracts U.S. regulators accused them of rigging.

  • FRANKFURT/ MADRID, Aug 5- Bidders are readying indicative offers for the Spanish assets of Germany's top utility E.ON, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, adding bids would value the whole portfolio at about 2 billion euros.

  • FREETOWN/ MONROVIA, Aug 4- Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Monday to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll climbed to 887 and three new suspected cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in Nigeria.

  • *India blocked WTO treaty on simplifying global customs rules. *India is largely excluded from a rush to negotiate in smaller groups. GENEVA, Aug 4- India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to the World Trade Organization's hopes of modernising the rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    LONDON- Europe's largest bank HSBC warns that regulators' zeal to punish wrongdoing is putting its staff off taking reasonable business risks, as it reports a 12 percent drop in first-half profit. Portugal in $6.6 bln rescue of Banco Espirito Santo.

  • GENEVA, Aug 3- Switzerland has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia and will remain neutral in the diplomatic row over Ukraine, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

  • *Comment comes after India derails global trade talks over food security objections. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, Aug 1- India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. *Bloc of member states could exclude India and forge ahead.

  • SYDNEY/ GENEVA Aug 1- Several member states of the World Trade Organization voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • *India digs in heels on agriculture stockpiling demands. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • WTO fails to agree global trade deal, Azevedo says Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    GENEVA, July 31- The World Trade Organization failed on Thursday to reach a global deal to standardise customs rules, which would have been the first global trade reform in two decades but was blocked by India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling.

  • ZURICH, July 31- Family-owned Swiss private bank Rothschild Bank AG won't pay its owners, the descendants of the bank's famous founding family, a dividend this year, after it swung to a loss following a decision to cooperate with a U.S. tax evasion crackdown.

  • FREETOWN, July 31- Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The WHO reported 57 new deaths between July 24 and July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

  • FREETOWN/ ACCRA, July 31- Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicenters of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa.