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LONDON, May 23- UK- based publisher Pearson, buffeted by a string of managerial changes and slowing growth, unveiled a further shake-up on Thursday that it said would take some time to implement.
LONDON/ NEW YORK, May 23- Chinese factory activity declined in May for the first time in seven months and U.S. manufacturing grew at its slowest clip since October, suggesting it may take a while before the global economy starts to pick up steam.
KINGSTON, Jamaica-- A former Cayman Islands premier who faces 11 criminal charges and was ousted from leadership last year went into Wednesday's general elections with an outside chance of returning to power in the British Overseas Territory.
SAN FRANCISCO/ DUBLIN, May 23- Apple has operated almost tax-free in Ireland since 1980, welcomed by a government keen to bring jobs to what was then one of Europe's poorest country, former company executives and Irish officials have said. Apple must have seemed attractive to Ireland and to Cork.
NEW YORK-- Signet Jewelers Ltd. said Thursday that its first-quarter net income rose 11 percent on strong performance at its U.S. Kay Jewelers and Jared retail stores. Net income for the three months ended May 4 rose to $91.8 million, or $1.13 per share. The Bermuda- based company's revenue rose 10 percent to $993.6 million from $900 million a year ago.
*Copper falls as much as 3 pct, oil down for third day. *Gold bounces, grains shake off weakness on strong demand. LONDON/ SINGAPORE, May 23- Copper slid 3 percent and oil dropped for a third day on Thursday after factory surveys suggested that China's economic recovery has stalled and that the euro zone economy would contract again in the second quarter.
LONDON, May 23- Copper reversed the week's gains, sliding as much as 3 percent on Thursday after a survey showed factory activity in top metals consumer China shrank for the first time in seven months. China is the world's biggest consumer of industrial metals, taking 40 percent of the global supply of refined copper.
*Brazil coffee crop to add to last seasons stocks. July raw sugar edged up 0.01 cent to 16.66 cents a lb by 1149 GMT, after earlier dipping to 16.56 cents, the lowest level for the front month since July 2010.
LONDON, May 23- Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said on Thursday that the bank should wind back its support slowly when it starts the process.
LONDON, May 23- The yen vaulted against the dollar and the euro on Thursday as a slide in equities prompted investors to take profits on the safe-haven Japanese currency's recent sharp falls.
LONDON, May 23- A top U.S. central bank official sought to reassure financial markets that the Federal Reserve was not in a hurry to start winding down its economic stimulus as investors worried about comments by its chairman Ben Bernanke.
*FTSEurofirst 300 down 2.1 percent at 1,229.58. LONDON, May 23- Doubts over the Federal Reserve's long-term commitment to economic stimulus sent European stocks into reverse on Thursday, with losses in banks and miners compounded by weak data in Europe and China.
LONDON, May 23- Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said on Thursday that while the U.S. economy was improving, he would like to be sure inflation was heading back towards target before the bank started winding down its support programme.
LONDON, May 23- Gold bounced back on Thursday from the previous session's losses as the dollar fell sharply and European shares dropped after weak Chinese factory activity added to concerns about a delayed recovery in the country.
LONDON, May 23- Chinese factory activity shrank in May for the first time in seven months, overshadowing signs that the euro zone's downturn tempered slightly in May, business surveys showed on Thursday. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who hinted on Wednesday the Fed could soon pare back its bond-buying with new money if the economy maintains momentum.
*Coming Up; U.S. jobless claims 1230 GMT. LONDON, May 23- Copper reversed the week's gains, sliding as much as 3 percent on Thursday after a survey showed China's manufacturing sector contracted, but a shutdown at one of the world's biggest mines in Indonesia helped cap losses.
LONDON, May 23- The Federal Reserve should stick with its asset-buying programme and adjust the pace depending on how economic data comes in, a top policymaker at the U.S. central bank said on Thursday.
LONDON, May 22- Share markets fell sharply on Thursday as investors piled back into safer assets, unnerved by the twin setbacks of unexpected weakness in China's economy and signals that the U.S. central bank may soon scale back its stimulus programme.
LONDON, May 23- The yen vaulted to two-week highs against the dollar and the euro on Thursday as a slide in equities encouraged profit-taking on the safe-haven currency's recent sharp falls.
*China data heaps pressure on indexes at 5- yr highs. *Halfords wilts in wake of dividend cut. Federal Reserve could soon taper its stimulus programme and compounded by weak economic data from China.