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  • SYDNEY, March 11- London copper paused for breath on Tuesday, a day after it slid to 8- month lows, on speculation China's government is taking steps to soothe nerves jangled by a poor trade report that inflamed fears of flagging growth in the world's top user of metals.

  • SINGAPORE, March 11- Gold was steady near $1,340 an ounce on Tuesday as fears of an economic slowdown in China and Ukraine's geopolitical crisis keep investors seeking safe-haven bullion.

  • U.S. crude eased 14 cents to $100.98 a barrel by 0024 GMT, extending losses for a second day after ending $1.46 down at $101.12 a barrel, its lowest since Feb. 14.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- U.S. housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years in January as harsh weather disrupted activity, but the third month of declines in permits hinted at some weakness in the housing market.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- U.S. housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years in January, likely weighed down by harsh weather, but the third month of declines in permits pointed to some underlying weakness in the housing market.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- U.S. wholesale inventories rose less than expected in December, spurring expectations that the government would cut its fourth-quarter growth estimate.

  • US inventories gain in Dec., but fail to impress Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose less than expected in December, suggesting a moderation in the pace of stock accumulation.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- U.S. wholesale inventories rose less than expected in December, suggesting a moderation in the pace of stock accumulation at the end of the year that could see fourth-quarter growth estimates trimmed. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday wholesale inventories increased 0.3 percent after an unrevised 0.5 percent gain in November.

  • SHENZHEN, China/ PARIS, Feb 11- Aston Martin's sweeping recall of its high-end sports cars last week raises larger questions about the risk to global automakers of sourcing key parts thousands of miles away in China without implementing adequate quality control measures.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 11- Shanghai copper slid to its lowest in more than two months on Tuesday, with factories in the top metals user ramping up only slowly after the Lunar new year break, curbing consumer demand.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 11- Gold was trading near its highest in two weeks on Tuesday ahead of Congressional testimony by the new chief of the Federal Reserve, on hopes that the U.S. central bank may rethink the pace of its stimulus tapering.

  • UPDATE 1-McKesson wins deal for 75 pct stake in Celesio Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    *McKesson say to enter into domination agreement with Celesio. FRANKFURT, Jan 23- U.S. drugs distributor McKesson succeeded in its second attempt to win control of German peer Celesio in a deal with Celesio's two largest shareholders, German investment group Haniel and U.S. hedge fund Elliott.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 23- The majority shareholder behind German drugs distributor Celesio has offered 23.50 euros apiece for Celesio shares held by hedge fund Elliott, as part of a fresh attempt to secure the sale to U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson, three people familiar with the talks told Reuters.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 23- The majority shareholder behind German drugs distributor Celesio is in talks to buy the shares in Celesio held by hedge fund Elliott as part of a fresh attempt to sell the company to U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson, a person familiar with the talks told Reuters.

  • Political unrest deals blow to Thai billionaire Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 7:36 PM ET
    Dhanin Chearavanont, billionaire and chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Co. (CP Group), pauses while attending a conference hosted by the Thailand-China Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

    A local currency hit by months of political unrest, and skittish consumers spending less are keeping the pressure on Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont.

  • Debt headache for Thai tycoon as protests bruise baht Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Dhanin's CP ALL PCL, which operates 7- Eleven convenience stores, last year took a 1- year $5.8 billion loan to fund the $6.6 billion acquisition of cash-and-carry wholesaler Siam Makro- paying 53 times earnings in Asia's most expensive consumer sector deal by multiple.

  • *Celesio, McKesson both say able to succeed alone. FRANKFURT, Jan 14- Shares in German drug distributor Celesio dropped 5.4 percent on Tuesday after the failure of an $8.4- billion bid from McKesson Corp but talk of a new offer from the U.S. wholesaler limited the decline.

  • UPDATE 1-Celesio shares drop after takeover fails Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | 3:28 AM ET

    *McKesson: Not clear if Celesio will be part of strategy. FRANKFURT, Jan 14- Shares in German drugs distributor Celesio dropped 5 percent on Tuesday after suitor McKesson failed to garner enough shares for its takeover bid to succeed.

  • *McKesson says fails to get 75 pct threshold. FRANKFURT, Jan 13- U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson said on Monday it had failed to win enough support for a $8.4 billion offer to buy German distributor Celesio, leaving it empty-handed in a sector where cross-border consolidation is accelerating.

  • McKesson says Celesio takeover offer has failed Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 13- U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson said on Monday that it has failed to win enough support for its $8.4 billion offer to acquire German drugs distributor Celesio.

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