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  • ZURICH, April 28- Holcim said there was strong interest in the market for assets it must sell to get the go-ahead for its merger with France's Lafarge, as foreign currency swings weighed on its first-quarter results.

  • BANGKOK, April 28- Thai factory output dropped for the 12th month in March, a worse run than in the 2008/ 09 global financial crisis, and some economists say recession is possible with a caretaker government unable to provide much stimulus and exports remaining weak.

  • ZURICH, April 28- Swiss cement maker Holcim Ltd posted a 9 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit on Monday, bearing the fruits of a cost-cutting programme as it prepares to merge with French rival Lafarge SA.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, which said the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • ATHENS, April 10- Swiss cement producer Holcim's plans to merge with French peer Lafarge and create the world's biggest cement maker will be subject to an extensive review, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

  • BOGOTA, April 9- Colombia's largest cement maker, Argos, said on Wednesday it will pay 50 million euros for a French Guiana company owned in equal parts by Lafarge and Holcim, two days after those companies announced a merger. Holcim said on Monday that it would buy Lafarge, creating the world's largest cement maker, with combined annual sales of $44 billion.

  • MONTERREY/MEXICO CITY, April 8- The merger between Switzerland's Holcim and France's Lafarge presents Mexican cement firm Cemex with a golden opportunity to snap up divested assets, but a heavy debt load means it is unlikely to make any big buys soon.

  • European shares retreat from highs, techs slip Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    *Bouygues, Iliad fall; Numericable spikes on SFR deal. The stock market also came under pressure from a drop of 5.4 percent in Bouygues and 5.7 percent in Iliad, after Numericable won a bid to acquire Vivendi's SFR telecom unit. Iliad investors were disappointed because the company stood to benefit if Bouygues's bid for SFR succeeded.

  • *Holcim will hold 53 pct of merged entity. PARIS, April 7- Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros. Shares in Lafarge rose 4 percent at the open, the top gainer on France's blue-chip CAC 40 index, while shares in Holcim were up 5.4 percent.

  • *Holcim, Lafarge climb after confirming merger deal. PARIS, April 7- European stocks dropped in early trading on Monday, halting a three-week rally and tracking a sell-off on Wall Street on Friday where a number of high-growth companies mostly in the tech and biotech sectors tumbled.

  • Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros. Holcim shares were up 5.6 percent while Lafarge gained 3.8 percent.

  • PARIS, April 7- Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros.

  • Massive fire engulfs construction site     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    NBC News' Janet Shamlian reports on a construction site fire that left a construction worker dangling from a balcony.

  • Home prices to grow slowly: Economist     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Discussing low construction's impact on the overall housing market and home prices, with Jed Kolko, Trulia chief economist.

  • Can't increase prices 'fast enough': Mohawk CEO Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    Construction material costs have been rising so fast it's hard to keep pace, Mohawk CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum tells CNBC.

  • CNBC's Jane Wells speaks with Deere CEO Sam Allen about economics of agricultural supply and demand.

  • February ISM Index: 53.2     Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the February ISM index is 53.2.

  • Cramer: How to bet on this frigid weather     Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says nonresidential construction will make a comeback, and tells investors the best way to play that trend.

  • Hotel construction challenges at Sochi     Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Ted Knighton, Interstate Hotels & Resorts president & COO, discusses the reality of building in Sochi and provides insight into the challenges hotel operators are facing at the Olympics.

  • January ISM manufacturing 51.3     Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest ISM manufacturing data and December construction spending. CNBC's Steve Liesman provides perspective on the numbers.