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*Italy's public debt is sustainable and the average yields paid on new government paper issued so far this year are lower than they were before the crisis, the head of Italy's Debt Management Office said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped towards $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns on global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.
HONG KONG, Oct 3- Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.2 PC maker, will open its first PC production plant in the United States with operations expected to begin in 2013..
*London, Dubai, Singapore and Houston under consideration. Oct 2- Seadrill Ltd, the world's biggest driller by market capitalisation, said it plans to replace CEO Alf Thorkildsen with the head of its Archer Ltd affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.
NEW YORK, Oct 2- Oil prices fell in choppy, light trading on Tuesday, pressured by the outlook for weak economic growth and petroleum demand, even as the risk of potential crude supply disruptions limited losses. "Profit taking out of gasoline had a significant influence on market tone today," said Timothy Evans, energy analyst at Citi Futures Perspective in New York.
Global economic growth has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro strengthened against the dollar a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.
"Our new leisure group will benefit from combining the low cost carrier with the strong brand reputation of Air Canada Vacations and leveraging the established marketing and distribution channels of both Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.
NEW YORK-- An analyst cut his rating on shares of Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday because of the weaker global economy. Raymond James' William Crow lowered his rating to "Outperform" from "Strong Buy" for the operator of the Sheraton, Westin, W and St.
Oct 2- Hyatt Hotels Corp:. *Announces plans for a Hyatt hotel in montevideo. *Says entered into a management agreement with Dilony S.A. for a new Hyatt.
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Electronics maker Lenovo will start making computers at its warehouse near Greensboro, N.C.. Lenovo is a Chinese company with a headquarters in Morrisville. In the past two years, Lenovo has opened plants in China, Brazil and the United States.
*Brazil's Somar: flowering bodes well for 2013 coffee crop. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 2- Arabica coffee futures soared nearly 4 percent to a 10- week high on Tuesday, on heavy short-covering prompted by concerns of dry weather in top grower Brazil, while raw sugar extended the previous session's steep gains.
RIO DE JANEIRO-- An architect who is the grandson of a Brazilian Olympic medalist has been selected to design the clubhouse of the golf course for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Pedro Evora is the 34- year-old grandson of Affonso Evora, a point guard on the Brazilian men's basketball team that won the bronze medal in 1948..
**ARQULE INC, $2.30, down 53.9 pct The biotechnology company and Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd. **GENERAL MOTORS, $23.82, up 3 pct. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn said auto-maker General Motors "is much healthier now," and is getting its product refreshments "right."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described it as a "logical development in close security, economic and people-to-people" ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.
The Dow and S&P 500 turned negative while the Nasdaq cut its gains in late morning on Tuesday, with materials and energy shares leading declines on the S&P. **ARQULE INC $2.21 down 55.5 pct The biotechnology company and Japan's Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd. **FORD MOTOR CO, $9.78, down 1.6 pct.
NEW YORK, Oct 2- Bill Gross, founder and co-chief investment officer of bond giant PIMCO, said he sees the U.S. going the way of Greece if it does not get its fiscal house in order.
WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, a move likely to shore up support from Hispanic and progressive voters just five weeks before the election.
BOSTON-- Vanguard Group is trying to bolster its appeal to cost-conscious investors by reducing a key expense of investing in low-cost index mutual funds: fees paid to firms that license benchmarks covering segments of the stock market that the funds track.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged to redouble his efforts to create a socialist system if re-elected in Sunday's election, saying the next six-year term would bring bigger changes.
*Morocco delays target to 2020. RABAT, Oct 2- Morocco is to delay a plan to cap sugar import needs at 45 percent its annual demand by end-2013 after bad weather hit farming this year and as an investment vehicle controlled by the ruling monarchy seeks to divest the sugar industry's monopoly.