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  • NRF: Holiday sales to rise 4.1 percent in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • *Debt financing soars among larger medical device makers By Susan Kelly. CHICAGO, Oct 1- Venture capitalists, long the lifeblood of medical technology firms, are growing cautious on the sector after seeing their returns squeezed in a time of growing cost pressures for healthcare, a report by Ernst& Young said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.

  • *Wal-Mart, Target already among MCX members. Oct 1- Retailers including Gap Inc and Bed Bath& Beyond Inc have joined a mobile payments network that intends to battle similar services from Google Inc.

  • By Martinne Geller and Jessica Wohl NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • FDA warns Zimmer over manufacturing of hip devices Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:36 PM ET

    Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • Oct 1- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB-' rating to CenturyLink, Inc.' s proposed offering of 10- and 30- year senior unsecured notes. Fitch currently rates CenturyLink's Issuer Default Rating' BBB-'.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. "There was a surprise in the ISM, after Chicago on Friday a lot of people were looking to some downside risk to that number," said Richard Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • Grains futures fall, livestock prices rise Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET
  • TEXT-Fitch rates Darden's proposed notes 'BBB' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    Oct 1- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB' rating to Darden Restaurants, Inc.' s. proposed $300 million senior unsecured notes due 2022. At Aug. 26, 2012, Darden had approximately $2.1 billion of total debt.

  • Allscripts gains as analysts ponder report of sale Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. continued to rise Monday as Wall Street evaluated a report that the electronic health records company may sell itself to a private buyer. THE SPARK: Bloomberg News reported Friday that Allscripts is considering a sale and had engaged Citigroup Inc. as it considered its options.

  • Court seems unclear on house versus boat question Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    The Supreme Court struggled with all types of questions Monday as it tried to figure out what kind of floating structures fall under maritime law, a question that could have a profound impact on popular businesses like floating casinos, hotels and restaurants.

  • Fitch affirms HCC's ratings; outlook stable Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:56 PM ET

    CHICAGO, October 01 Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., including the senior debt rating at' A', as well as the Insurer Financial Strength ratings of its operating subsidiaries at' AA'. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

  • News Summary: Ex-Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    LEADER DIES: James E. Burke, who as CEO steered Johnson& Johnson through the Tylenol poisonings that led to the first tamper-resistant packaging, died at 87 after a long illness.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action.

  • CHICAGO, October 01 Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BB+' rating on the following revenue bonds issued by Norman Regional Hospital Authority, OK:-- Approximately $88.5 million series 2007;-- Approximately $67 million series 2005;-- Approximately $45.9 million series 2002;-- Approximately $16.5 million series 1996 B. The Rating Outlook is revised to Positive from Stable.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 1- As global economies from Beijing to Berlin struggle to keep their heads above water, a new wave of stimulus spending is under way.

  • Former Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies at 87 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Former Johnson& Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980 s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died.

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