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  • GLOBAL ECONOMY-Euro woes deepen, China, US improve a bit Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:23 PM ET

    *Economic rot taking root in Germany, France. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 24- Euro zone businesses suffered another dismal month in October as factory output plunged in Germany, the area's top economy and exporter, while conditions improved slightly for U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold up along with stocks; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold rose on Wednesday along with stock markets, helped by well received data from China and an upbeat earnings report from Boeing, while dealers awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement later in the day. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,709.60 an ounce at 1309 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 60 cents an ounce at $1,710.

  • Cameron says unhappy with corporate tax avoidance Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:09 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was unhappy with the level of tax avoidance by big corporations working in Britain and urged authorities to make sure all companies paid their fair share of tax.

  • *Ireland set for return to modest economic growth. LONDON, Oct 24- The euro zone's most vulnerable economies, particularly Spain, face a much tougher 2013 than thought just three months ago, marked by prolonged recession and ever-rising unemployment, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • COLUMN-European biofuel push hard to reverse: Wynn Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- European policymakers are discovering the difficulty of curbing a biofuel industry they weaned five years ago as a low-carbon alternative to crude oil but which is increasingly at odds with the environment and food production. To halt or put into reverse a $22 billion European biofuel industry requires a sound justification.

  • FOREX-Euro dragged down by weakening German data Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- The euro fell to a one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday after worse-than-expected German business activity and sentiment data fuelled concerns of weakness in the euro zone's largest economy.

  • *Worst of China growth slowdown may be over. LONDON, Oct 24- The euro zone's biggest member Germany is being sucked into the bloc's worsening economic quagmire, business surveys suggested on Wednesday, as similar data signalled the slowdown in China may be abating.

  • BERLIN, Oct 24- Germany is rushing to purchase a stake in EADS by year-end, fearful that the owner of the shares, carmaker Daimler, could unload them on the open market and hurt Berlin's influence in the aerospace group, a government document obtained by Reuters showed.

  • Bankers set for $30-$50 mln from TNK-BP - Freeman Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Bankers will likely pick up $30- $50 million for their work on Russian state-owned oil group Rosneft's $55 billion takeover of TNK-BP, according to Freeman Consulting. Data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman showed fees average about $35 million on $10 billion deals, smaller than the TNK-BP.

  • Oil drops on big increase in US supplies Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    Oil supplies grew last week by 5.9 million barrels, or 1.6 percent, the Energy Department said. Benchmark oil fell $1.04 or 1.2 percent, to $85.63 per barrel. Brent crude fell 11 cents to $108.14 per barrel in London.

  • *Group beer volumes fall in western Europe, rise elsewhere. *Shares down 2.6 pct, among weakest in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 24- Heineken NV, the world's third-largest brewer, reported stronger than expected third-quarter group revenue on Wednesday, boosted by U.S. and emerging market strength and price hikes, but investors focused on weakness in Europe.

  • METALS-Copper up off 6-week low on China optimism Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- London copper rose from a six-week low on signs of recovery in top consumer China, though gains were capped by weak euro zone data, including in Germany, and ahead of a Federal Reserve policy statement due later on Wednesday. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up 0.51 percent to $7,871 a tonne by 1015 GMT.

  • EURO GOVT-In-demand Bunds rise on glum data Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    *Germany sells 3.3 bln euros of 10- yr bonds, demand good.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil bounces as China data eases economy worry Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    *Iran, Nigeria supply concerns underpin prices. LONDON, Oct 24- Oil rose on Wednesday, snapping a six-day losing streak, after economic data from China suggested a gradual recovery in the world's No. 2 oil consumer, though weak European data kept the gain slim. Brent crude was up 40 cents at $108.65 a barrel by 1020 GMT.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near 7-week low; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold prices hovered near a seven-week low on Wednesday as a weak reading of the German economy lifted the dollar versus the euro, while dealers awaited the U.S. Spot gold was at $1,708.90 an ounce at 1023 GMT against $1,708.09 late in New York on Tuesday, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 30 cents an ounce at $1,709.70.

  • News Summary: Nike sells Umbro for $225M to Iconix Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- THE SALE: Nike has found a buyer for its Umbro brand, known for its soccer jerseys, in Iconix Brand Group Inc. The clothing licensing company is purchasing Umbro for $225 million. SHEDDING ASSETS: Nike Inc. said in May that it planned to sell the Umbro and Cole Haan brands to cut costs and focus on its namesake brand, along with Jordan, Converse and Hurley.

  • *More countries follow lead set by Britain and Italy. LONDON, Oct 24- Fifty percent off the first three months of cancer medicine. ``Special offers'' on prescription medicines are all the rage in state-backed healthcare systems across Europe as governments struggle to balance the books.

  • European shares recover after China data Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- European shares inched higher on Wednesday, steadying after the previous session's sharp sell-off, as encouraging data out of China offset downbeat German economic numbers and earnings worries.

  • New Bond film 'Skyfall' gets royal world premiere Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    LONDON-- The latest James Bond movie is getting its world premiere in London on Tuesday, with Prince Charles on hand to give it a royal seal of approval. Daniel Craig was the first of the film's stars to arrive at the screening at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, where he was joined by co-stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Naomie Harris.

  • Dow Chemical stock up on restructuring news Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 9:11 AM ET

    MIDLAND, Mich.-- Shares of Dow Chemical jumped 6 percent in premarket trading Wednesday after the company announced significant restructuring plans.