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  • FRANKFURT, Feb 6- German e-commerce group Rocket Internet has splashed out hundreds of millions of euros to increase its stakes in two grocery and food delivery companies, in what it said was a move towards creating the biggest delivery network outside China. It was also making acquisitions of delivery firms Pizzabo in Italy and La Nevera Roja in Spain, all of...

  • *Trade deficit widens to $46.6 billion in December. WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The U.S. trade deficit in December widened sharply to its highest level since 2012 as a stronger dollar appeared to suck in imports and weigh on exports, which could see the fourth-quarter economic growth estimate revised lower. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the trade deficit...

  • BERLIN, Feb 5- German industrial orders surged far more than forecast in December, recovering from a sharp fall the previous month and hitting their highest level since April 2008, which should help Europe's largest economy to gain steam in early 2015.. Bookings for goods made in Germany climbed by 4.2 percent, according to data from the Economy Ministry on...

  • Feb 2- At least 40 major U.S. companies have substantial exposure to Venezuela's deepening economic crisis, and could collectively be forced to take billions of dollars of write downs, a Reuters analysis shows. The companies, all members of the S&P 500, and including some of the biggest names in Corporate America such as autos giant General Motors and drug maker...

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said it no longer expects sales and core earnings growth this year, joining a host of companies in blaming a strong dollar for disappointing results and outlooks. P&G, which derives roughly two-thirds of revenue outside the United States, also reported lower-than-expected quarterly...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, a potential sign that slowing global growth and falling oil prices were weighing on the economy. "The drop in will weigh on growth, though stronger consumer spending should keep GDP from slowing too much," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New...

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares down sharply after quarterly results, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell nearly 9 percent to $42.93 the day after the Dow component reported results.

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said on Tuesday that impact from a strong dollar would hurt earnings this fiscal year, with full year net sales likely to fall 3 to 4 percent, sending its shares down nearly 4 percent. Out of that, $1 billion would be as a result of currency devaluation in six countries- Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela,...

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks fell sharply on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares tumbling after quarterly results, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell 10 percent to $42.27 the day after the Dow component reported results.

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks were set to open sharply lower on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares down more than 8 percent each after posting earnings, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell 8.4 percent in premarket trading the day after the Dow...

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said net sales would fall 3-4 percent in the full year due to a stronger dollar, sending its shares down 3 percent in premarket trading. Procter& Gamble Co said the exchange rates would reduce full-year sales by 5 percent and profit by 12 percent. Net profit attributable to the company fell...

  • *Caterpillar shares slide as low oil prices hurt profit. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of sector bellwethers Microsoft and Caterpillar.

  • *Pfizer's outlook disappoints, stock slips. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of Microsoft, while concerns lingered over Greece's new anti-bailout government and its implications for the euro zone.

  • P&G's quarterly profit falls 31 pct Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, reported an about 31 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a stronger dollar. Net profit attributable to the company fell to $2.37 billion, or 82 cents per share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, from $3.43 billion, or $1.18 per share, a year earlier. P&G derives roughly two-thirds of its...

  • In a likely sign of things to come from a number of companies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co on Friday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million for its Venezuela business. Ford also said that it was unable to maintain normal production in Venezuela with the availability of vehicle parts constrained. Kimberly-Clark blamed increased...

  • UPDATE 2-Unilever sees no improvement after weak 2014 Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 20- Consumer goods group Unilever expects another sluggish year, after a slowdown in emerging markets and flagging developed economies curbed demand for everything from soup to soap in 2014.. Unilever makes more than half of its sales in emerging markets and so is particularly exposed to slowing demand in once fast-growing countries such as India...

  • Target workers, shoppers, dismayed at Canada pullout Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:57 PM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 15- Employees at Target Corp stores in Canada said they were stunned by the U.S. retailer's decision on Thursday to pull out of Canada, believing business had improved after an admittedly disastrous launch less than two years ago. I thought it was getting better, "said one Toronto Target employee who would only give her first name, Lima, for fear of...

  • Reuters reported in September that the world's No. 2 toymaker Hasbro Inc, along with household product maker Procter& Gamble Co, were at the heart of the tax probe. Officials at Hasbro and Procter& Gamble declined to comment. Mexico said in January it had launched an investigation of 270 companies for allegedly exploiting tax loopholes that have leaked income out...

  • Molina did not name the company, but Reuters reported in September that the world's No. 2 toymaker Hasbro, along with household product maker Procter& Gamble, were at the heart of the tax probe. Officials at Hasbro and Procter& Gamble also had no immediate comment. Mexico said in January it had launched an investigation of 270 companies for allegedly exploiting tax...

  • The watchdog announced sanctions totaling 345.2 million euros on cleaning products makers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble,...