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  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 29- With green-tea flavoured toothpaste and pickled plum juice, an army of Chinese retailers is tapping local tastes to whittle away market share from global rivals that are banking their future growth on the world's second-largest consumer market.

  • The Stoxx Europe Personal and Household goods sector was down 1.3 percent, the biggest sectoral faller, as other luxury firms with China exposure such as Richemont, Burberry and Kering also suffered. French companies Danone and Lafarge were both in negative territory after missing consensus forecasts.

  • *Amazon expected to expand food sales at home and abroad. BERLIN, July 8- Big retailers are taking a calculated hit to margins to invest in online grocery operations, in the hope they can persuade consumers to add more profitable items like clothes and computers to their orders of fruit and vegetables.

  • *Recent data suggests Ukraine, Iraq weighing on demand. BERLIN, July 4- German industrial orders fell in May for the first time in two months and more sharply than expected due to a perceived increase in geopolitical risk, the Federal Statistics Office said on Friday.

  • BEIJING, July 1- Foreign brands in China's consumer goods market are facing stiffer competition from domestic rivals, with about 60 percent of firms overseas losing market share last year, a private study of 40,000 households showed on Tuesday.

  • Under Chief Executive Frans van Houten, the Dutch company- which started out 120 years ago as a pioneer in electric lighting- has been shifting away from the consumer electronics sector in a restructuring which has involved more than 5,000 job cuts and the sale of its television business.

  • *Logista value could be circa 1.1 bln stg- analyst. LONDON, June 10- Imperial Tobacco Group plans to list its European logistics division Logista on the Spanish stock market, the British company said on Tuesday.

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, June 5- Soaring euro zone retail sales and a rebound in German industrial orders on Thursday offered a sign that a fragile economic recovery which has yet to reach many European households may be gaining momentum. That suggests output in Europe's largest economy will pick up in the coming months.

  • BURGHAUSEN, Germany/ GEISMAR, Louisiana, June 2- Nestled in the green hills of southern Germany, chemical giant Wacker Chemie churns out a wide range of products, from an ingredient for chewing gum to the polysilicon crystals in solar cells.

  • FACTBOX-File-sharing startups consider IPOs, buyouts Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    Washington- based market research company Osterman Research expects the global file synchronization and sharing market to double to about $80 billion by 2017. Eighty to 90 percent of this revenue will come from business.

  • SHANGHAI/ TEL AVIV May 22- China's Bright Food Group Co Ltd has struck a deal to buy control of Israel's largest food company, gaining new products and technology as it chases rivals that have overtaken it in China's fast-growing cheese and dairy markets.

  • Nickel due to let off more steam, but rally to power on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    *Indonesia ban akin to cut-off of Saudi supplies in oil. LONDON/ SINGAPORE, May 14- Nickel is likely to see a deeper retreat than Wednesday's 5 percent fall, but it is also due to bounce back as long as top exporter Indonesia keeps squeezing supply and stainless steel producers can absorb higher prices.

  • U.S. tech rout, earnings drag down European shares Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    *Results from SocGen, Carlsberg show Ukraine crisis has started to hit. LONDON, May 7- European stocks edged lower on Wednesday, as a selloff on Wall Street unsettled investors and results from brewer Carlsberg and bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.

  • Aspirin and suntan lotion? Bayer, Merck do deal Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 7:13 AM ET
    Merck employees walk past a Merck sign in front of the company's building in Summit, New Jersey.

    Bayer will acquire the consumer care business of U.S.-based Merck & Co for $14.2 billion in cash, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

  • FOREX-Euro recovers after inflation dip fails to impress Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    The debate over the scale of disinflation in Europe has dominated major currency markets this week, and lower than expected April price growth of 0.7 percent initially sent the euro to a three-week low against the dollar.

  • FOREX-Euro threatened by inflation, yuan dips again Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    LONDON, April 30- The euro trod water in early European trade on Wednesday with all eyes on euro zone inflation numbers due later, while offshore rates for China's yuan fell again, taking it to an 18- month low against the dollar.

  • Belgian diaper maker Ontex aims for IPO - paper Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, April 30- Belgian diaper maker Ontex is set to list on the Brussels stock exchange, with the group's private equity owners planning to sell about half of the company, Belgian business daily De Tijd reported on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 24- Consumer goods giant Unilever opened its first European tea shop in London on Thursday, aiming to cash in on the growing appeal of unusual and luxury cuppas and ignite fresh enthusiasm for the national drink.

  • LONDON, April 23- The loud welcome given by investors to this week's deal for Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to trade more than $20 billion of assets could trigger more pacts in the pharmaceuticals sector and beyond.

  • April 23- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by cost cutting and stronger sales of items like detergent and air freshener.