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  • BRASILIA, April 16- Despite a mushrooming scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and bad news on the economic front, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is still the hands-down favorite to win the elections in October, according to a new poll on Wednesday.

  • POLL-Low inflation to linger for years in euro zone Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    April 16- The euro zone is set for at least two more years of low inflation, held down by a strong currency and anaemic economic and jobs growth, and still faces a very real threat of deflation, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 16- Britain's economy kept up its strong rate of growth at the start of 2014 and is expected to slow only marginally as the Bank of England leaves its main interest rate at rock bottom for another year, a Reuters poll found.

  • POLL-German economy to gain momentum this year and next Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 16- Germany is likely to grow nearly five times as fast this year as in 2013 provided there is no major escalation of the standoff between the West and Russia over Ukraine, a Reuters poll found. Economists said the main risk to their predictions was an escalation beyond Ukraine of the current crisis with Russia.

  • *Credit Suisse Q1 net profit 859 mln Sfr vs poll 1.155 bln. ZURICH, April 16- Credit Suisse's said on Wednesday first-quarter net profit fell by more than a third due to a big drop in bond trading revenues, increasing pressure on CEO Brady Dougan to make deeper cuts to its investment banking business.

  • TOKYO, April 16- The Bank of Japan will probably not ease monetary policy until July as the central bank chief's bullish outlook on prices has wiped out expectations of a move this month, a Reuters poll showed.

  • *Data due at 10 a.m. local time/ 0200 GMT. BEIJING, April 16- China is expected to report its slowest growth in five years on Wednesday, a Reuters poll shows, with signs of waning strength in the first quarter of 2014 already prompting government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.

  • LONDON, Apr 15- Investors cut extreme bets against emerging markets in April as improving Chinese growth expectations and cheap valuations attracted asset managers to the riskier asset class, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *First-quarter sales 20.8 bln Sfr vs 21.5 bln in poll. ZURICH, April 15- Nestle expects sales growth to pick up in the next few quarters after slowing to 4.2 percent in local currencies in the first, when unusually cold weather hit sales in North America and cost-conscious Europeans continued to opt for cheaper brands.

  • French carmakers lead domestic orders rebound Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    PARIS, April 10- French car orders rose 10 percent in March, led by domestic manufacturers Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen, as new models spurred demand for a fourth consecutive month, according to a survey published on Thursday.

  • Buckle March sales metric falls but tops Street Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    KEARNEY, Neb.— Buckle's March sales at stores open at least a year slipped 1.8 percent, but still topped analysts' expectations. Analysts predicted a decline of 3.2 percent, according to a Thomson Reuters poll. For the five week fiscal month ended April 5, Buckle Inc.' s revenue was nearly flat at $106.6 million.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. SLIGHT DECREASE LIKELY: Economists expect that the number of people seeking benefits will fall 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on tax preparation was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications March 20-24. It is based on online interviews of 1,012 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods.

  • GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? "If you've got the equivalent of a high school degree and you know how to do math, it's very simple," said Sara Thornton, a small business owner from East Granby, Conn.. "No, because I don't know that it is that difficult," said Alicia Brown of suburban Des Moines, Iowa. "

  • April 9- General Motors Co's Cadillac overtook Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus to emerge as the highest-ranked brand for customer satisfaction with dealer service, according to an annual survey by market research firm J.D. Power. Volkswagen AG's Audi jumped four places to take the second spot, which was occupied by Cadillac in the previous survey.

  • BRASILIA, April 9- Brazil's inflation rose at the fastest pace for March in 11 years, challenging a potential central bank plan to stop raising interest rates soon and complicating President Dilma Rousseff's chances of re-election. Brazil's benchmark IPCA consumer price index jumped 0.92 percent from February, topping all 37 forecasts in a Reuters poll.

  • Families, on average, expect to spend $978 this year on the prom, the annual rite of passage for American high schoolers, which is basically just a big dance, according to a survey released today by Visa Inc. That's down 14 percent from last year.

  • LONDON, April 8- There is slightly less than a one-in-three chance the European Central Bank will start buying bonds outright as it struggles to lift dangerously low inflation and support a lacklustre economic recovery, a Reuters poll found. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England launched the same kind of stimulus.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US consumer borrowing Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve releases a report on how much consumers borrowed in February. BORROWING UP: The forecast is that borrowing increased slightly in February to $14 billion, according to a survey of economists by FactSet. BORROWING EXPANDS: In January, consumer borrowing rose $13.7 billion following a $15.9 billion gain in December.

  • BRASILIA, April 5- Support for President Dilma Rousseff is slipping among Brazilian voters who are increasingly pessimistic about their country's economy and disappointed with her performance, according to a poll published on Saturday.

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