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  • LONDON— Ian Robinson, co-owner of a small investment firm in London, is watching Britain's general election this Thursday with unease. A victory for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party could bring Britain a step closer to leaving the 28- nation European Union, a move many companies fear would cause damage by increasing costs of doing business on...

  • *Buffett defends 3 G cost-cutting, Clayton Homes. OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire expressed optimism the company would thrive over the long haul, even after he is gone. "It's not Disneyland, it's Warrenland," said David Rolfe, chief...

  • MOSCOW, May 2- Russian oil and gas condensate production, among the world's largest, remained at a post-Soviet record level of 10.71 million barrels per day in April, underpinned by a recent recovery in oil prices, Energy Ministry data showed on Saturday. So far Russia, which is not an OPEC member, has failed to persuade OPEC to cut oil output in order to prop up prices.

  • Wheat prices were mixed, hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • Wheat prices were hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in many...

  • *Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices. LONDON, May 1- Top oil firms Royal Dutch Shell and Total are bringing their refining and trading operations closer together, seeking alternative ways to drive profits as oil prices fall and independent trading houses expand into their territory. Snapping at their heels are energy brokerages Vitol and...

  • BERLIN— European aviation company Airbus said Friday it is taking legal action following reports that it was targeted by German and U.S. intelligence agencies. Airbus stressed that it was made aware of the allegations by press reports and didn't have any information of its own on the matter. Der Spiegel reported Friday on its website that Germany's spy agency,...

  • *France wants Renault to stay in control of alliance. PARIS, April 30- The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare public defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan. Ghosn must now decide whether to fight or negotiate for closer Renault-Nissan integration,...

  • Argentina's capital is world capital of bookstores Friday, 1 May 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    From hole-in-the-wall joints with used copies of works by Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to elegant buildings with the latest children's books in several languages, Buenos Aires is filled with locales that pay homage to print. With a population of 2.8 million people within the city limits, there are 25 bookstores for every...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • *Industrialist was arrested in Austria on U.S. request. One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs, Firtash, 49, was arrested in Vienna a year ago at the request of U.S. authorities, which have been investigating him since 2006.. The detention of Firtash, whose business concerns in gas trading and chemicals thrived under Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president...

  • Navios Maritime Midstream posts 1Q profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:27 PM ET

    MONTE CARLO, Monaco _ Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP on Thursday reported net income of $6.3 million in its first quarter. Navios Maritime Midstream shares have climbed 34 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Navios Maritime Midstream, Earnings Report.

  • UPDATE 1-Airbus to file complaint in German spy scandal Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:03 PM ET

    BERLIN, April 30- Airbus Group said on Thursday it planned to complain to the German authorities over reports that the country's foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on it and other European firms. "We've asked the government for more information," an Airbus spokesman in Germany said. Earlier, when asked about the reports on a call with...

  • U.S. firms lead EU lobbying league Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    *Tech rivals Microsoft, Google among big lobbiers. BRUSSELS, April 30- U.S. companies, including tech rivals Microsoft and Google, were among leading spenders on corporate lobbying in Brussels last year, a Reuters review of new data showed. Oil majors Exxon Mobil of the United States and Anglo-Dutch Shell shared the top spot with Microsoft, with reported spending...

  • BERLIN, April 30- Volkswagen and newly departed chairman Ferdinand Piech clashed again on Thursday over supervisory board appointments, causing new strains at the carmaker ahead of what is likely to become a tense shareholder meeting next Tuesday. Europe's largest automaker on Thursday sought to regain the initiative by appointing two members of the Piech...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage...

  • BRUSSELS, April 30- The European Commission on Thursday called for a tougher U.N. The European Union has already introduced its own law to curb climate-harming hydrofluorocarbons, also called "F-gases", used in fridges and air conditioners. The European Union is seeking to lead the push for more ambitious action on curbing greenhouse gases ahead of a conference...

  • PARIS, April 30- The French government will increase its influence at Renault after shareholders failed to block a change in voting rights which the carmaker has said could damage its alliance with Japan's Nissan. It has said it wants to safeguard French interests at Renault, which is deepening its ties with Nissan. Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Albuquerque's former police chief potentially violated city and state ethics rules by influencing a no-bid $1.95 million contract to purchase body cameras before going to work as a consultant for the supplier, the New Mexico state auditor reported Thursday. Actions by Ray Schultz and his subordinates strongly suggest Taser...