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  • 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.

  • April 23- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by an increase in sales of its home care products. Sales were unchanged at $20.6 billion.

  • LONDON, April 18- The amount of money Amazon.com Inc reports through a tax-exempt vehicle in Europe has dropped sharply in the past two years, even as European sales jumped, after the U.S. tax authority tightened rules it felt were being abused to shift profits.

  • April 18- Procter& Gamble Co is planning to offer a new kind of razor, with a swiveling ball hinge and a pricey tag, to move forward with its strategy to push premium products, according to the Wall Street Journal on Friday. The company's Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller had in January blamed a movement by the Movember Foundation for weak razor sales.

  • PARIS, April 15- Privately owned luxury group Labelux has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise it on a possible London market flotation of Jimmy Choo this autumn that could value the upmarket shoemaker at over 900 million pounds, industry and financial sources said.

  • April 10- Family Dollar Stores Inc, seeking to reverse declining sales and profit, said on Thursday it is slashing prices to win shoppers, cutting jobs, and shutting hundreds of stores. Family Dollar Chief Executive Howard Levine, on a call with investors, pointed to "a more financially constrained consumer," echoing recent comments from rivals.

  • *Manufacturers in price war for standard LED light bulbs. FRANKFURT, April 3- Lighting companies like Philips and Osram are scrambling to develop more advanced technology as a price war for LED bulbs threatens to eat into profits and bring on a period of low growth as the long-life bulbs become more common.

  • HAVANA, March 31- Cuba has declared itself open for business with a new foreign investment law but faces deep skepticism given a history that includes jailing foreign executives and attempting to seize greater control of businesses once they prove successful.

  • March 21- Canadian private equity investment firm Onex Corp said it would sell The Warranty Group, a provider of extended warranty contracts, to an affiliate of TPG Capital Management LP for an enterprise value of about $1.5 billion.

  • LIPPER AWARDS-How winning funds bank on dividends Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 21- The honeymoon for dividend stocks is over. While U.S. growth hasn't exactly been robust and interest rates haven't spiked significantly, the tide has turned so far this year with $1.2 billion in investor outflows from equity-income funds, notes Jeff Tjornehoj, head of Americas research for Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company.

  • BEIJING, March 17- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has joined the race to develop' smart' household appliances, partnering with Chinese electronic goods maker Midea Group to produce home devices that talk to each other. Alibaba said on Sunday its long-awaited IPO, expected to be valued at over $15 billion, will take place in the United States.

  • Ocado sees opportunities from Amazon move into groceries Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    *Ocado not rushing into international partnership. LONDON, March 13- British online grocer Ocado sees Amazon's push to sell more groceries as more of an opportunity than a threat, believing it will encourage big international retailers to look for partners to help them get set up in e-commerce.