• NEW DELHI, Aug 8- It's been more than a month since Nirmala bought fresh tomatoes. "Buying tomatoes feels like buying jewellery," says the 29- year-old maid, who is struggling to make ends meet on her monthly pay of$ l65 as prices for fresh staples such as onions and potatoes also soar in New Delhi.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 7- If Aecio Neves wins the presidency this October, he would allow Brazil's currency to float freely, leaving the market to set the exchange rate in a move that would likely help local industries struggling with a strong real.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in response to Western economic sanctions on Russia's defense, oil and financial sectors over Moscow's support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank signalled on Thursday it stands ready to print money and buy bonds if the euro zone slides towards deflation and warned the conflict in Ukraine poses a serious risk to the bloc's economy.

  • *Russia plans to ban food imports from U.S., Europe. LONDON, Aug 7- German Bund yields dropped to a record low on Thursday as the European Central Bank warned that the Ukrainian crisis and tit-for-tat sanctions with Russia may threaten Europe's already fragile economic recovery.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 7- Russian retaliation against Western sanctions triggered by Moscow's efforts to destabilize Ukraine will hurt the Russian economy, White House economic adviser Jason Furman said on Thursday.

  • *Russia ban is in retaliation for Western sanctions. MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia has escalated an economic battle set off by the crisis in Ukraine with a ban on all food imports from the United States and on fruit and vegetables from the European Union, dropping any pretence these might be for food safety reasons.

  • *Western bank still expects robust Russia profits. ESPOO, Finland/ MOSCOW, Aug 6- Finland warned on Wednesday that Russian retaliation against EU sanctions could push its economy into crisis, while President Vladimir Putin ordered curbs on food imports from countries that join the Western action over Ukraine.

  • *NATO says concerned about threat of Russia entering Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 6- The euro hit a fresh nine-month low against the dollar on Wednesday after Italy said it fell into recession again in the second quarter, June German industrial performance slumped and investors grew more cautious over the conflict in Ukraine.

  • *NATO says concerned about threat of Russia entering Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 6- The euro fell to a nine-month low against the dollar on Wednesday as Italy reported it had fallen back into recession in the second quarter, German data showed industrial performance slumped in June and concern grew over conflict in Ukraine.

  • *Growth to be hit by slowdown in Russia this year. ALMATY, Aug 6- Kazakhstan has created a new super size energy ministry as its economy suffers from the shutdown of a giant oilfield and the collapse of exports to Ukraine and sanctions-hit Russia.

  • *Russia extends bans on food imports to Romanian beef. MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia has extended food import bans to Romania, stepping up its response to more biting Western sanctions for its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine, though Moscow's measures could be rebounding on its own economy.

  • *Weak property sector is big threat to China's economy. SINGAPORE, Aug 6- London copper fell to its lowest level in more than two weeks on Wednesday, hurt by a firmer dollar and concerns over China's economic momentum after a weak reading of its services sector.

  • Aug 5- Motorola Solutions Inc, a maker of walkie-talkies and radio systems, reported lower-than-expected second-quarter revenue and profit, partly hurt by lower U.S. government spending. Motorola Solutions, split from Motorola Inc in 2011, said it expects earnings of 35- 41 cents per share from continuing operations for the third quarter ending September.

  • BEIJING, Aug 5- Growth in China's services sector slowed sharply in July to its lowest level in nearly nine years, a private sector survey showed on Tuesday, indicating a recovery in the broader economy is still fragile and may need further government support.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 20 Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gives brief remarks before the Inaugural U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington- 1420 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits India.

  • MUMBAI, Aug 5- India's central bank is expected to keep interest rates steady while adopting tougher rhetoric on inflation at a policy review on Tuesday due to growing concerns that disappointing monsoon rains will lead to a surge in food prices.

  • LONDON, Aug 1- Copper dipped on Friday after Chinese data showing manufacturing growth was not enough to outweigh prospects for slowing economic growth and a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report.

  • Copper was at $7,079 a tonne at 1048 GMT, down 0.5 percent on Thursday's close despite data showing expanding factory activity in China, the world's biggest consumer of the metal.

  • BANGALORE/ SYDNEY, Aug 1- Manufacturing activity in China and most of Asia gathered pace in July as firms responded to burgeoning new orders by raising output, hinting at a revival in global trade, although euro zone factories barely managed to chug along. The HSBC/ Markit measure also rose to 51.7, an 18- month peak.