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  • JOHANNESBURG, July 1- More than 220,000 South African engineering and metal workers launched a strike over wages on Tuesday, hot on the heels of a crippling platinum dispute and dealing a further blow to an already weak economy.

  • TAIPEI, June 20- Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July, a source familiar with the matter said, as the tech company tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd..

  • TOKYO, June 12- Japan's core machinery orders fell less than expected in April after a record jump in the previous month, underscoring recent signs of a steady pick up in capital spending seen as vital for a durable economic recovery.

  • Japan April core machinery orders fall 9.1 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 12- Japan's core machinery orders fell 9.1 percent in April, pulling back after a record jump in the previous month, government data showed on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, May 27- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly rose in April, but a drop in a measure of business capital spending plans could temper expectations for a sharp rebound in economic growth this quarter.

  • *Core orders +19.1 pct m/m in March, seen rising in Q2. TOKYO, May 19- Japanese businesses recorded their biggest rise in core machinery orders in March, and expect to book more orders in the current quarter in a hopeful sign that capital investment may buffer the economy from the pain of last month's sales tax hike.

  • *Core orders +19.1 pct m/m in March, seen rising in Q2. TOKYO, May 19- Japanese core machinery orders surged in March and firms expect orders to rise in the current quarter in a sign capital spending is picking up, backing the central bank's conviction that the economy can weather the impact of last month's sales tax hike.

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japan's core machinery orders jumped 19.1 percent in March from the previous month, government data showed on Monday, in a sign companies are more bullish about increasing business investment. The increase compared with the median estimate for a 6.0 percent rise in a Thomson Reuters poll of economists.

  • BEIJING/ BANGALORE, May 15- As China's economy continues to cool, companies are waiting longer and finding it harder to get paid for goods and services they've already sold, leading to record amounts of receivables- and potential write-offs- on corporate balance sheets.

  • WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania, April 15- The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.

  • *Less money for safety work demanded after Rana Plaza. DHAKA, April 14- Bangladesh garment factory owners say they are soaking up much of the cost of nearly doubling wages as some global retailers balk at price hikes, leaving less money for safety improvements urged by apparel chains after last year's Rana Plaza disaster.

  • TOKYO, April 10- Japan's core machinery orders fell sharply in February, casting doubt on the strength of capital spending as early signs suggest the world's third-biggest economy may struggle to cope with a sales tax hike that kicked in this month.

  • TOKYO, April 10- Japan's core machinery orders fell sharply in February, casting doubt on the strength of capital spending as early signs suggest the world's third-biggest economy may struggle to cope with a sales tax hike that kicked in this month.

  • SANTIAGO, April 8- A falling copper price and an improving economy in Europe will lift European smelter and producer Aurubis's sales volumes growth of copper wire this year, from flat growth last year, a company executive said on Monday.

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  • PARIS/ TOKYO, March 17- Renault and Japanese alliance partner Nissan unveiled their boldest steps yet to combine key operations and pursue economies of scale to rival auto giants like Volkswagen.

  • PARIS/ TOKYO, March 17- Renault and alliance partner Nissan unveiled plans on Monday to integrate key operations and pursue economies of scale to keep up with big rivals like Volkswagen.

  • LONDON, March 13- European metal products manufacturers are seeing the most favourable conditions for buying copper in over two years as prices drop and the euro strengthens, and some are buying forwards to lock in cheap supply.

  • TOKYO, March 13- Japan's core machinery orders rose in January at the fastest pace in almost a year, rebounding from a record decline in the previous month, in a positive sign that long-dormant business investment will start to accelerate and contribute to the broader economy.

  • Japan Jan core machinery orders jump 13.4 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 7:55 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 13- Japan's core machinery orders jumped 13.4 percent in January, rebounding from a record fall in the previous month, in a positive sign that business investment is poised to pick up. The month-on-month rise was much faster than a 7.0 percent increase forecast by economists, according to the median from a Reuters poll.