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  • Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture already has predicted a record soybean crop of 3.8 billion bushels. "Conditions look just fantastic across most of the country," Texas A&M University grain marketing economist Mark Welch said.

  • *Russia originally blamed food standards from Polish apple ban. NOWE GROBICE, Poland, Aug 7- Slawomir Kedzierski's workers had just finished loading 20 tonnes of Polish apples onto two trucks destined for Russia when news came through of the embargo.

  • Adidas to hike marketing spend by 1 pct of sales Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    BERLIN, Aug 7- Adidas, the world's second-biggest sportswear firm, will increase its spending on marketing by 1 percent of sales as it seeks to halt the advance of market leader Nike following a profit warning last week. Adidas spent about 12.4 percent of its 14.5 billion euros of revenue on sales and marketing in 2013..

  • The reduction in the margin- a measure of operating income as a proportion of sales- comes after Adidas said last week it needed to increase investment in a bid to catch up with market leader Nike. Among the 2015 targets Adidas abandoned was a goal for an operating margin of 11 percent, still below the 13 percent U.S. group Nike saw in its fiscal year to May 31.

  • SD to get $419K from drug company settlement Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 2:23 AM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will receive $419,000 from a multistate settlement with a drug company. Pfizer has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that a subsidiary illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.

  • Groupon plunges 17% after cutting 2014 outlook Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    Groupon Inc slashed its full-year profit outlook on Tuesday, citing the need to spend abundantly on marketing.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 5- Groupon Inc slashed its full-year profit outlook on Tuesday, citing the need to spend abundantly on marketing to power the once-high-flying Internet coupon company's transition to a more comprehensive online retailer.

  • Coach, founded in 1941 in a Manhattan loft, has been struggling against fast-growing rivals such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd in North America, its biggest market. The company said in June it would spend more on marketing and hold sales twice a year to win back customers and that it would close about 70 stores in North America.

  • ISTANBUL, Aug 4- Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium. His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th president in Turkey's first popular vote for its head of state, on Aug. 10.

  • Erdogan dominates Turkey's uneven presidential race Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 12:59 AM ET

    ISTANBUL, Aug 4- Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium. His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th president in Turkey's first popular vote for its head of state, on Aug. 10.

  • Aug 1- Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc said its influenza treatment failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study, about two months after the company lost a key government contract supporting the drug's development.

  • UPDATE 1-Biota's flu drug fails mid-stage study Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Aug 1- Biota Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental influenza drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April pulled out of a contract to support the drug's development with $231 million, after which the company said it would stop work on the drug.

  • TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.

  • July 30- Weight Watchers International Inc said it expected 2015 profit to take a hit as it cuts down on marketing expenses to focus on technology upgrades to better compete with diet apps and calorie-counting gadgets. Weight Watchers raised its full-year profit outlook to $1.65- $1.85 per share from $1.45- $1.70 per share.

  • July 30- Diamond rings on display at Nordstrom's flagship Seattle store are not for sale. It is the first time the company has turned to brick and mortar in its 15- year history, showcasing products in two Nordstrom stores.

  • *Sales growth strong in Europe, but declines in Americas. *Europe business offers narrower range, sells more clogs. BERLIN, July 30- The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said.

  • Carlyle nears $5 billion deal for Acosta -source Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- Carlyle Group LP is in advanced talks to acquire Acosta Sales and Marketing, in a deal that could value the consumer goods marketing agency at close to $5 billion including debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • *Novo expects to launch in first EU markets in H1 2015. *Shares in Novo rise 1.6 percent. Prospects for degludec- already on sale separately in Europe under the brand name Tresiba- and the new combination with Victoza are critical for Novo, which is the world's biggest insulin maker.

  • Thinkmodo disrupts with viral videos     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss disrupting digital advertising through the viral videos they create. They also showcase their "popinator" and "shaving helmet" creations.

  • Thinkmodo: Zombies, drones & devil babies     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss making money from viral videos.