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  • Weak earnings pressure European shares early on Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 25- European shares fell on Thursday as third-quarter results from the likes of WPP and UPM-Kymmene highlighted worries over the outlook for global growth and earnings and helped keep equities in a tight range.

  • Markets get earnings cheer ahead of Apple Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:07 AM ET

    German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer, the United States, revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer the United States revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.

  • World stocks rise on continued optimism over China Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:18 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- World stock markets mostly rose Thursday as investors kept their sights on a possible improvement in China's economy. Britain's FTSE rose 0.5 percent to 5,836.92. Wall Street appeared headed for a day of gains, with Dow Jones industrial futures rising 0.4 percent to 13,078 and S&P 500 futures adding 0.6 percent to 1,413.20.

  • UK recession over as economy grows 1 pct in Q3 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:43 AM ET

    LONDON-- Britain's economy emerged from its nine-month recession in the July to September quarter, when spending on the Olympics helped it grow by a bigger than expected 1 percent, according to official figures released Thursday.

  • WPP: Ads income from Olympics, US elex disappoints Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:29 AM ET

    LONDON-- WPP PLC, the world's largest advertising group, has lowered its full-year outlook after not doing as well as expected from the Olympics, the U.S. presidential campaign and the European soccer championships.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer, the United States, revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.

  • WPP says Olympics, US election income disappoints Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:50 AM ET

    LONDON-- WPP PLC, the world's largest advertising group, has lowered its full-year outlook after not doing as well as expected from the Olympics, the U.S. presidential campaign and the European soccer championships.

  • Loss of exclusive drug dents AstraZeneca's Q3 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:56 AM ET

    LONDON-- Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has reported a 56 percent drop in net income in the third quarter as it suffered from the loss of exclusivity on a big-selling drug. For the three months ending Sept. 30, AstraZeneca said Thursday that net profit fell to $1.5 billion compared to $3.5 billion a year earlier.

  • Dollar up on signs US economy slowly improving Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    The Labor Department says that weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 369,000. That's consistent with modest hiring. The National Association of Realtors said its index of home sale agreements rose slightly in September. The dollar rose to 80.29 Japanese yen from 79.78 yen and to 0.9343 Swiss franc from 0.9325 Swiss franc.

  • UK lawmakers line up to host Richard III's tomb Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    No one is certain yet that remains dug up last month at a Leicester parking lot are those of the monarch immortalized by William Shakespeare for his willingness to trade his kingdom for a horse. Archaeologists found the bones beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England.

  • Global markets fluctuate ahead of Apple Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

  • Pearson in talks over Penguin-Random House merger Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:41 AM ET

    LONDON-- British publishing and education company Pearson PLC says it is in talks with German media group Bertelsmann SE over merging the firms' Penguin and Random House publishing operations. Pearson is publisher of the Financial Times and Penguin Group books.

  • Londonderry unveils city of culture program Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    LONDON-- The Northern Ireland city of Londonderry has announced a program of arts events ranging from punk to painting to celebrate its role as the U.K.' s "city of culture" for 2013..

  • UK government leases out historic Admiralty Arch Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:38 AM ET

    LONDON-- A London landmark that is a ceremonial passageway from Trafalgar Square toward Buckingham Palace will be converted from office space into a luxury hotel, Britain's government said Thursday. The Admiralty Arch was leased for 99 years to development company Prime Investors Capital, which plans to turn it into a five-star, 100- bedroom hotel.

  • BP caps dome believed to be source of oil sheen Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and the Coast Guard both say no oil has been seen leaking out of the container since it was capped and plugged.

  • Oil little changed as early gains evaporate Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:09 AM ET

    Benchmark oil gained 13 cents to $85.86 a barrel at midday in New York after rising as high as $86.75 in the morning. Brent crude added 45 cents to $108.30 a barrel in London. Pump prices fell another 2 cents overnight to a national average of $3.60 a gallon.

  • UK police: 300 potential Savile abuse victims Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 12:04 AM ET

    LONDON-- British police say 300 potential victims of a disgraced BBC entertainer, the late Jimmy Savile, have come forward so far since details emerged earlier this month that he was among the country's most prolific sex offenders.