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  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • Columbia Sportswear 3Q net income dips Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- Outdoor clothing maker Columbia Sportswear Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 5 percent, hurt by weakness in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-NY Times misses revs view Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    Wall St view EPS 8 cents. Oct 25- The New York Times Co reported worse-than-expected results on Thursday as advertisers cut spending on both print and digital outlets, sending shares down 16 percent.

  • Aeon to buy Carrefour's Malaysian business - Nikkei Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    Oct 26- Japanese retailer Aeon Co is set to acquire France- based Carrefour SA's Malaysian business for slightly more than 20 billion yen as part of its push into Southeast Asia, the Nikkei said. Carrefour made the announcement two years after it unsuccessfully tried to sell its operations in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • GM plans to bring Trax small SUV to Brazil Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    *Chevy Trax will enter Brazil next year as import-source. SAO PAULO, Oct 25- General Motors Co plans to bring its new Chevrolet Trax to Brazil in an effort to end the dominance its smaller U.S. rival Ford Motor Co has enjoyed in the small sport utility vehicle segment.

  • International Paper Q3 profit down by nearly half Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:52 PM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- International Paper Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income dropped by nearly half as it rang up charges for restructuring and for absorbing smaller rival Temple-Inland. Excluding special items and charges, International Paper said it earned $330 million, or 75 cents per share, in the latest quarter.

  • U.S. education endowments post losses in fiscal 2012 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    Among the institutions that have reported thus far, the highest return earned for the fiscal year ended June 30, was 15.8 percent and the lowest was a loss of 9.5 percent, according to data gathered from 463 institutions sponsored by Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

  • Any setback for degludec- which Novo plans to market under the brand name Tresiba- would be good news for rivals Sanofi and Eli Lilly. ``Given the known concerns of the FDA towards cardiovascular risk from new diabetes drugs, today's statement is likely to create volatility in the Novo Nordisk share price,'' Deutsche Bank analyst Tim Race said in a research note.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Miner Anglo American posted increased production in five of its seven key commodities including copper, as it braces for the full impact of crippling South African strikes that have ratcheted up pressure on a management team already under fire.

  • Wall St view EPS 8 cents. Oct 25- The New York Times Co reported worse-than-expected results on Thursday as advertisers cut spending on both print and digital outlets, sending shares down 16 percent.

  • *U.S. drought alters typical grain trading patterns- Bunge. CHICAGO, Oct 25- Bunge Ltd shares jumped on Thursday as the agribusiness giant doubled quarterly profits by mobilizing its global grain network to supply customers hit by the worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years.

  • Expedia 3Q profit beats Wall Street expectations Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Online travel agency Expedia Inc.' s third-quarter net income fell 18 percent, but its adjusted profit beat expectations. Expedia's core business is selling hotel stays through sites including Expedia and Hotels.com.

  • News Summary: Credit Suisse 3rd-qtr profit slumps Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    PROFIT DOWN: Credit Suisse Group, Switzerland's second-largest bank, reported net profit of 254 million Swiss francs, down 63 percent from a year ago. CUTS: The Zurich- based bank said it will boost cost cutting. It already had plans to cut 3 billion francs in costs and shed 7 percent of its workforce, or about 3,500 employees.

  • *UK economy posts GDP rise in third quarter. *Coming up: CFTC positions data 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher in choppy trading on Thursday, lifted by economic data, but gains were limited by rising oil inventories and tepid demand figures.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Copper steadied on Thursday as a commitment by the U.S. Federal reserve to stimulate growth, and encouraging data from the United States as well as from top metals consumer China were offset by a stronger dollar. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange ended at $7,815 a tonne, from a close of $7,817 on Wednesday.

  • *Stronger than expected UK growth supports risk-on trade. NEW YORK, Oct 25- U.S.

  • Earnings Preview: Burger King releasing 3Q results Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Burger King Worldwide Inc. reports its third-quarter results Monday, which should give investors another snapshot on the chain's efforts to refresh its outdated image in the U.S. while expanding overseas. In April, Burger King unveiled its biggest ever menu revamp, along with a star-studded advertising campaign.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- International oil company BP, weakened and distracted by its troubles in the United States and Russia, is in danger of losing touch with the leaders in an industry where strength and focus yield the richest pickings. ``I can't help thinking they've sort of lost their way.'' Everywhere you look, they're falling behind, `` said a senior executive of one rival this week.

  • *``Tsunami of filth'' has rocked the BBC. The allegations, which first emerged in an expose on the rival British TV channel ITV, have rocked the BBC, with its chief George Entwistle admitting the broadcaster has been damaged by the scandal.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Global shares retreated and oil prices faltered on Thursday, as encouraging data from Britain and China was overshadowed by uncertainty over the U.S. presidential election and economy.