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  • BEIJING, Sept 8- China's exports rose more than forecast in August while imports unexpectedly fell, pushing the trade surplus to a record high for the second consecutive month and underlining the challenges facing policymakers as they struggle to revive tepid domestic demand.

  • *Trade deficit narrows to $40.5 billion in July. WASHINGTON, Sept 4- U.S. companies hired fewer workers than expected in August, but an acceleration in services sector activity to a nine-year high offered assurance that the economy remained on track for a sturdy rate of growth in the third quarter.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US stocks open higher after European Central Bank plans stimulus, strengthening growth outlook Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US services firms grew last month at fastest pace since ISM survey began tracking them in 2008 Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Average US rate on 30- year mortgage holds at 52- week low of 4.10 pct; 15- year loan at 3.24 pct US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:29 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US stocks open higher after European Central Bank plans stimulus, strengthening growth outlook Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US services firms grew last month at fastest pace since ISM survey began tracking them in 2008 Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Average US rate on 30- year mortgage holds at 52- week low of 4.10 pct; 15- year loan at 3.24 pct US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:23 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US stocks open higher after European Central Bank plans stimulus, strengthening growth outlook Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US services firms grew last month at fastest pace since ISM survey began tracking them in 2008 Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Average US rate on 30- year mortgage holds at 52- week low of 4.10 pct; 15- year loan at 3.24 pct US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:19 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    US stocks open higher after European Central Bank plans stimulus, strengthening growth outlook European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery Average US rate on 30- year mortgage holds at 52- week low of 4.10 pct; 15- year loan at 3.24 pct Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:13 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    Average US rate on 30- year mortgage holds at 52- week low of 4.10 pct; 15- year loan at 3.24 pct European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:52 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars Microsoft unveils 2 mid-range phones, 1 designed with selfies in mind Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:47 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:46 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:42 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    Stocks open higher after European Central Bank cuts interest rates, pledges more stimulus Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:41 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:39 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:37 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • *Private payrolls rise 204,000 in August, miss expectations. *Trade deficit narrows to $40.5 billion in July. WASHINGTON, Sept 4- U.S. companies hired fewer workers than expected in August, but the trend in job growth remained consistent with a sturdy economic performance in the third quarter.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:28 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:20 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:08 a.m. EDT Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    Protesters asking fast-food companies for higher pay handcuffed at rallies European Central Bank cuts rates, announces new stimulus plan to help fading recovery US companies added 204,000 jobs in August, latest sign of healthy hiring Applications for US jobless aid edges up to 302 K; people collecting benefits at 7- year low US trade deficit falls slightly to 5- month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 3.7 pct in August, missing average analyst expectations After surprise rate cut, European markets get a lift while euro tanks Naked truth: US law doesn't require websites to block revealing photos stolen from stars US worker productivity rises at 2.3 percent rate in second quarter while labor costs edge down Costco August sales at stores open at least a year up 7 pct., easily surpassing expectations