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  • *Game Digital re-emerges after old firm nearly went bust. Although overall growth trends still firmly favor online shopping, higher share prices flag investor faith in chains such as UK video-game retailer Game Digital, electrical-appliance group Dixons, and Swiss Mobilezone.

  • *Iliad bid $15 bln for 56.6 pct of T-Mobile US at $33/ share. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 1- Telecoms group Iliad has lined up BNP Paribas and HSBC to finance its bid for T-Mobile US, people familiar with the matter said, as it pursues a deal that could overturn expectations of industry consolidation in both the United States and France.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will discuss gas supplies on Sept. 12, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia's EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, as saying on Friday, but EU authorities said they knew nothing about the meeting.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Ministers from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet to discuss gas provision on Sept. 12, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, as saying on Friday.

  • Appeal keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    PARIS— A Frenchman convicted of one of history's biggest trading frauds was accorded a conditional release from prison— only to have freedom denied with a quick appeal by the prosecutor's office.

  • PARIS, Aug 1- Shares of French nuclear group Areva fell as much as 23 percent as it posted a first-half loss, exited the solar business and cut sales targets in a struggling nuclear industry.

  • Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise released by Russia Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Greenpeace International says a ship held by Russian authorities for nearly a year has been released and is on its way back to the Netherlands. The Amsterdam- based environmental group said Friday the Arctic Sunrise departed the northern Russian port city of Murmansk and was headed to Amsterdam.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 1- Allianz is poised to reappoint Michael Diekmann as chief executive in October, investors believe, possibly delaying tough choices on whether Europe's largest insurer expands its global presence or returns more cash to shareholders.

  • *Cuts outlook to more than $7 bln from about $8 bln before. *Iron ore price assumption cut to $105/ tonne from $120. BRUSSELS, Aug 1- ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, cut its forecast for earnings this year after lower than anticipated iron ore prices ate into the profit of its mining business, sending its shares down some 6 percent.

  • *Iliad lines up deal financing with BNP, HSBC- sources. *Iliad bid $15 bln for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US at $33/ share. PARIS, Aug 1- French telecoms company Iliad has lined up financing for its $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US from BNP Paribas and HSBC, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Global trade deal goes back to drawing board Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    The preliminary deal approved by the organization at a WTO summit last December in Bali was estimated to increase world trade by $1 trillion over time. "We have failed because a small number of WTO members sought to reopen and renegotiate the decisions all members had agreed to in Bali," Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said 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.

  • Steelmaker ArcelorMittal sees US, Europe improving Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, says it swung to a profit in the second quarter on higher steel shipments and better margins, and it sees improving markets in the United States and Europe. The Luxembourg- based company reported net profit of $52 million, from a loss of $205 million in the same period a year ago.

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

  • PARIS, Aug 1- Societe Generale on Friday reported second-quarter net profit of 1.03 billion euros, up 7.8 percent from a year ago helped by lower expenses and a reduced cost of risk.

  • 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.

  • *Sberbank says has resources to continue successful work. Russia's largest lender Sberbank as well as the country's second and third largest banks, VTB and Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on the bloc's capital markets.