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  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.

  • WARSAW, Aug 20- Poland is receiving information that Russia is trying to extend its embargo on imports of foodstuffs from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday.

  • $250,000 grant aims to promote Kansas exports Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining forces with Kansas Global Trade Services to increase awareness of the importance of exports to the state's economy. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that a $250,000 grant from the Legislature will allow the nonprofit trade advisory firm to work with communities.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:49 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Global stocks drift as Asia gains slightly, Europe weaker amid wait for US Fed signals US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison Uncertainty in Russia, Eastern Europe causes beer sales drop for Carlsberg PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles

  • AP Top Financial News At 4:49 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Global stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Drop in Russian beer sales hurts Carlsberg PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:48 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:48 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Global stocks drift as Asia gains slightly, Europe weaker amid wait for US Fed signals US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison Uncertainty in Russia, Eastern Europe causes beer sales drop for Carlsberg PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles

  • AP Top Financial News At 4:48 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:48 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Global stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Drop in Russian beer sales hurts Carlsberg PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:35 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Global stocks drift as Asia gains slightly, Europe weaker amid wait for US Fed signals US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall

  • AP Top Financial News At 4:35 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Global stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Global stocks drift as Asia gains slightly, Europe weaker amid wait for US Fed signals US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall

  • AP Top Financial News At 4 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Global stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q

  • AP Top Financial News At 3:44 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:44 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall Home Depot 2nd- quarter profit rises 14 percent, tops estimate

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July Home Depot 2 Q profit climbs 14 percent

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall Home Depot 2nd- quarter profit rises 14 percent, tops estimate

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July Home Depot 2 Q profit climbs 14 percent

  • Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen, though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday. Japan recorded an 822 billion yen deficit in June.