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  • LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.

  • BEIJING, April 17- Ford Motor Co's premium brand Lincoln may be late to China's luxury boom, but its top executives say the upscale car market still has plenty of steam left for growth to make its debut later this year worthwhile.

  • LONDON, April 17- Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline- hit by bribery claims in five countries- is to employ hundreds more doctors as members of staff as it seeks to build a new sales model designed to eliminate sharp marketing practices.

  • *Investors await developments in Ukraine. LONDON, April 17- Gold fell below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as investors cut exposure to gold-backed funds and weighed the impact of Ukraine tensions, while worries over the strength of Chinese demand continued to weigh.

  • Strike at China sneaker factory snowballs Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    BEIJING— A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.

  • China factories face new challenge as growth slows Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG— As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper. Caught in the middle are companies like Linan Meite, which sells shipping-container loads of electronics cable to customers in Europe and North and South America.

  • *Asian shares higher, tracking Wall Street. SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold fell for a second session out of three on Thursday on higher equities and as the world's biggest gold-backed fund saw its sharpest outflow in nearly four months.

  • BEIJING, April 17- China shares closed down on Thursday, pulled lower by weak real estate shares as investors braced themselves ahead of housing data expected to show property price growth slowed in March. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.4 percent.

  • Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models.

  • *Tencent gains on plans to bring Candy Crush to China. BEIJING, April 17- China stocks traded flat on Thursday, as investors piled into Shanghai Free Trade Zone related stocks but retreated from property firms ahead of data expected to show the sector slowed.

  • HONG KONG, April 17- China's yuan edged up slightly on the dollar on Thursday, after the central bank guided the midpoint away from a seven-month low, with traders citing balanced dollar demand and supply. The People's Bank of China set the yuan midpoint at 6.1575, up 0.02 percent from the previous day's 6.1589. However, fund inflows to China continue.

  • China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 17- China's workforce is growing more restive as it shrinks. "This is going to be a very tough year for employers in China," said Lesli Ligorner, Shanghai- based partner at Simmons& Simmons.

  • Loud in a crowd: Nissan range gets grille makeover Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co is going for a facelift to stand out from the crowd. In an increasingly competitive global market- in China alone there are some 80 automakers battling for sales- Nissan plans to put a V-shaped front grille design on most of its models to give itself a "distinct, unified face", says global design chief Shiro Nakamura.

  • China gets first bitcoin ATM, skirting bank crackdown Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 16- BTC China, one of the country's leading digital currency exchanges, has installed China's first bitcoin ATM and launched an online app allowing individuals to buy and sell bitcoins using mobile phones, skirting local banking regulations seen as increasingly hostile to so-called crypto-currencies.

  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    BEIJING— Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China shares closed a touch higher on Wednesday after slightly better-than-expected first-quarter growth data eased worries about a dramatic slowdown in the Chinese economy. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 0.1 percent.

  • April 15- Strong sales volume growth in China helped The Coca-Cola Co beat quarterly revenue estimates as lower-priced, smaller soda bottles and juices attracted more price and health-conscious shoppers in the world's second largest economy.

  • *Softbank, Yahoo reap the benefits of Alibaba holdings. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. "This is likely to be the low point for this year," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital in Sydney.

  • Yuan steady, seen rangebound in near term Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:52 AM ET

    HONG KONG, April 16- China's yuan held steady against the dollar and traded narrowly on Wednesday, shrugging off the impact of a midpoint at seven-month lows and sluggish economic growth in the first quarter.

  • China defaults mount among inter-company loans Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:52 AM ET

    Shipbuilder Sainty Marine Corp Ltd on Tuesday became the latest listed firm to report that it had failed to receive principal and interest repayments on a 900 million yuan loan to a property developer. The same day, Qiaqia Food Co Ltd announced that it would launch a lawsuit against another food producer for failing to pay interest on a 40 million yuan loan.

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