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  • Retailers report slower sales growth in Sept Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    September sales rose 3.9 percent _ a slowdown from the 6- percent rise in August _ as 22 retailers like Macy's and Costco reported mixed results, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. "This should set up to be a good holiday season," said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm.

  • BRIEF-Gap down in premarket after September sales Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Gap Inc:.

  • Wall Street futures higher ahead of jobless claims Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:22 AM ET

    Dow futures are up 46 points to 13,472. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 6 points to 1,451. Nasdaq futures are up 13 points to 2,821.. Investors are also awaiting news from the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank.

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up more than 50 million users since June. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.

  • By Saeed Azhar and Kelvin Soh SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- Standard Chartered's.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- CollabRx Inc:.

  • A phone home: NY teens pay valets to store devices Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Thousands of teenagers who can't take their cellphones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that's parked nearby.

  • BRIEF-Informatica drops in premarket after Q3 warning Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Informatica Corp:.

  • Morgan Stanley commodities talks with Qatar hit snag Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:02 AM ET

    *Morgan Stanley in commodities talks with Qatar for a year. DUBAI/ LONDON, Oct 4- Morgan Stanley's talks with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund over the sale of its commodities business have run into difficulty, and the deal may need to be reworked if it is to go ahead, banking sources said.

  • Consulting helps push PwC's revenues to $31.5 billion Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- PwC, the world's largest accounting firm, reported a record $31.5 billion in revenues in 2012 and forecast a big shift in business to developing markets in the next five years. North America and the Caribbean reported $11.2 billion in revenues, up from $9.9 billion.

  • Facebook tops 1 billion users Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Facebook has topped 1 billion users, but the past few months have not been easy. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month. He thanked users and said that he is committed to making Facebook better.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of a central bank decision in Europe and the release of U.S. data on the labor and manufacturing sectors.

  • Oct 4- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday the social media company reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month. At the end of June, Facebook had 955 million active monthly users.

  • U.S. planned layoffs up slightly in Sept-Challenger Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms in September rose 4.9 percent after hitting a 20- month low in August, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced planned job cuts of 33,816 last month, up from 32,239 in August, according to the report from consultants C hallenger, Gray& Christmas, Inc..

  • *Sales from Costco, Limited, Zumiez top expectations. Retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp and Victoria's Secret operator Limited Brands Inc posted bigger-than-expected gains in September sales at stores open at least a year.

  • US STOCKS-Futures gain ahead of ECB meeting, U.S. data Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of a central bank decision in Europe and the release of U.S. data on the labor and manufacturing sectors. *The U.S. Labor Department releases first-time claims for jobless benefits for the week ended Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

  • UPDATE 2-Spain meets debt hurdle on rescue hopes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:59 AM ET

    *Yields fall on two of three bonds as investors await Spain rescue call. *Demand strong on all three bonds* International investors still shun Spain debt By Nigel Davies. Spain is at the sharp end of the euro zone debt crisis as it weighs applying for an aid package that would pave the way for the European Central Bank to buy its bonds.

  • The private equity firm named Phil Seskin as an industry executive in the communications vertical. Most recently, Seskin was senior vice-president of corporate development at Verizon Communications Inc.

  • Markets subdued ahead of Draghi briefing Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:01 AM ET

    LONDON-- Financial markets remained subdued Thursday in the run-up to the monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank and another round of U.S. economic data. "Investors will be meticulously analyzing any indications... as to whether Spain is actually any closer to requesting a bailout," said Shavaz Dhalla, financial trader at Spreadex.

  • Poll shows dead heat in Connecticut Senate race Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- The Connecticut U.S. Senate race is essentially tied one month before the November election, with Republican Linda McMahon leading Democratic U.S. Christopher Murphy by a single percentage point among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.