BOGOTA, March 5- Some arabica coffee buyers in Colombia have ripped up supply contracts with exporters, setting off a price war for high-quality beans in the first sign a 75 percent surge in prices so far this year is starting to disrupt the market, exporters say.
SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Global cocoa prices have rallied to 2-1/ 2- year highs on worries El Nino could return in 2014, while other agricultural commodity markets could also be hit by the spectre of the weather anomaly. El Nino means "boy" in Spanish and was first used by anchovy fishermen in Ecuador and Peru in the 19th century.
SINGAPORE, Feb 21- The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. A strong El Nino can wither crops in Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Africa when other parts of the globe such as the U.S.
BOGOTA, Jan 3- Colombia produced 10.9 million 60- kg bags of arabica coffee in 2013, the national growers' federation said on Friday, a 41 percent jump over the previous year, helped by improved weather and millions of new trees reaching productive age. In 2012, Colombia's coffee harvest yielded just 7.7 million bags.
BOGOTA, Nov 27- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday the government will continue paying a direct subsidy to coffee growers while prices remain low, a measure the world's top washed arabica producer introduced due to sliding prices.
BOGOTA, Nov 20- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday he would seek a second term in office next May, a widely expected decision that could offer him another four years to pursue a peace process he initiated with Marxist FARC rebels.
Trendy chains like Starbucks Corp, brands like Juan Valdez that represents Colombian growers and in-home espresso machines marketed by Nestle SA are some of the pioneers transforming the coffee consumption habits of the two countries' combined populations of nearly a quarter billion people.
BOGOTA, Oct 25- Colombia's central bankers were unanimous in holding the benchmark interest rate at 3.25 percent on Friday for the seventh straight month as signs of a pick-up in growth allowed policymakers to hold off on further easing.
BOGOTA, Oct 8- Colombia slapped a 33 percent charge on Tuesday on assets moved to tax havens, and the finance minister said "the party is over" for Colombians dodging taxes by sending funds abroad.
BOGOTA, Sept 30- Shares in Canadian oil company Petrominerales surged as much as 44 percent on Colombia's stock exchange on Monday after the company agreed to be taken over by Pacific Rubiales, Colombia's largest private oil producer. Petrominerales' Toronto- listed shares also rose, but by just 4 percent to C $11.70.
BOGOTA, Sept 19- As a young business student at the University of Kansas, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos spent many a late night playing low-stakes poker and then invested his early winnings in shares of a pizza company.
**APPLE INC, Tuesday close $455.32, up 1 pct premarket. The fingerprint reader on Apple's top-end iPhone 5 S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers, helping dispel concerns about the scanning technology which has been notoriously unreliable in other cellphones. **FEDEX CORP, Tuesday close $110.68, up 2.2 pct premarket.
**ADOBE SYSTEMS INC, Tuesday close $48.14, up 6 pct after market. **FIVE BELOW INC, Tuesday close $48.5, down 2 pct after market. The company said shareholders have agreed to sell 7.1 million shares of its common stock, of which 7 million shares would be sold by funds affiliated with Advent International and 100,000 shares will be sold by Five Below's executive chairman.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- AT&T Inc is planning to announce on Wednesday that it will expand its Latin American reach for business customers through a collaboration with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil.
The stoppage halted about one-third of production by the world's No. 4 coal exporter and was the second major strike in Colombia's coal sector this year, cutting royalty revenues for the government and crimping economic growth.
Urban buses of the emerging world have a bad reputation for choking pollution, which they no longer deserve. In fact, they could be future cities' best hope.
Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments, said Colombia "may be the best country to invest in" for a number of reasons, including its growing oil production.
Latin American markets have been a prime target for Spanish companies because of their language advantage, and giants such as Telefonica and Banco Santander have increased their exposure there to compensate for problems in their domestic market.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.
Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba Fitness, discusses how he was able to monetize the worldwide Zumba craze and turn the movement into a multifaceted brand.