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  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel in Asian trade on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week due to weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar. The London benchmark has fallen from $115 in June as geopolitical tension in the Middle East has failed to derail petroleum output, while concerns about slow demand have grown.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel in Asian trade on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week due to weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar. The London benchmark has fallen from $115 in June as geopolitical tension in the Middle East has failed to derail petroleum output and concerns about slow demand have grown.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel in Asian trade on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week due to weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar. The London benchmark has fallen from $115 in June as geopolitical tension in the Middle East has failed to derail petroleum output and concerns about slow demand have grown.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- British companies are feeling their most confident about taking on business risk in seven years despite worries about an election in 2015 and a possible referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, a survey showed on Monday.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The European Union's likely next trade chief will face tough questions about how she would handle free trade negotiations with the United States when confirmation hearings for the new European Commission open on Monday.

  • Mercuria's third founder: China head eyes long game Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Sept 29- The little known Asia head of Mercuria will be key in tying the Swiss commodity trader's $3.5 billion acquisition of JP Morgan Chase and Co's physical commodity desk into the company's China business.

  • For some gays abroad, social networking poses risk Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    In one chilling case earlier this year in Pakistan, police arrested a paramedic on suspicion of killing three men he had met via the gay social network Manjam, which is based in London but has many users in Asia and the Middle East.

  • HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, Sept 28- Adidas needs world-class designers, brand experts and technical whizzkids to improve its image against U.S. rival Nike, but persuading them to move to its headquarters in rural Germany is difficult.

  • LONDON, Sept 28- On one side of the Atlantic they're trying to refill the punchbowl. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew last week laid bare Washington's long-standing frustrations with the reluctance of European governments to increase public spending.

  • Catalonia defies Spain by calling secession vote Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 4:42 AM ET

    BARCELONA, Spain— The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday formally called an independence referendum, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

  • Fiat CEO endorses Italy PM Renzi's reform efforts Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept 26- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Thursday Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must ignore critics and push ahead with plans to reform the country's economy.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 26- Brent crude futures ended flat on Friday as improving supply and concerns about tepid demand for oil in Europe and China offset concerns about the Middle East conflicts, while U.S. crude rose on supportive economic data from the United States.

  • Allianz leadership challenged as Pimco's Gross exits Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    *Allianz shareholders call for stable leadership. *Contract of Allianz CEO, others up for renewal. FRANKFURT, Sept 26- German insurer Allianz suffered a humiliating blow on Friday with the resignation of renowned investor Bill Gross as leader of Pimco, the asset manager Allianz relies on for one fourth of its operating profit.

  • FOREX-U.S. growth drives dollar to 11th winning week Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    *Dollar gains widen after U.S. NEW YORK, Sept 26- The dollar posted an 11th straight week of gains against a basket of major currencies on Friday, extending the longest winning streak since its 1971 free float under President Richard Nixon. It last traded at $1.2680, just off a low of $1.2679 not seen in two years.

  • LONDON, Sept 26- The London Metal Exchange, looking to boost profits, has scope for a significant hike to its trading fees whilst remaining competitive with arch U.S. rival CME Group.

  • From $1.27 on Friday, predictions by some of the currency market's top 10 banks including Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Morgan Stanley point to the first retreat for the euro to parity or near-parity with the dollar in more than a decade.

  • Celebrated Manet portrait headed to NYC auction Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The French impressionist artist's widely acclaimed painting "Spring," presented at the Paris Salon of 1882, is estimated to bring up to $35 million on Nov. 5 at Christie's. It has been in the same American collection for over a century and on loan at the National Gallery of Art for the last two decades. The portrait has a presale estimate of $25 million to $35 million.

  • WARSAW, Sept 26- Polish airline LOT said the emergency landing made by one of its planes in Scotland on Friday had been down to a faulty fire alert system and not by a fire. "The emergency landing of the plane was caused by a glitch in the fire protection system," LOT's spokeswoman, Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras, said.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 26- Brent crude futures eased in choppy trading on Friday on improving supply and concerns about tepid demand for oil in Europe and China, while U.S. crude rose on supportive data from the United States. Slowing economic activity in Europe and Asia has dampened demand for oil, while supply is on the rise.