*Overseas Union chooses not to increase S $9.08- per-share offer. *Raising price unattractive after Singapore cools property mkt- Overseas Union.
CHICAGO, Jan 20- While delivering mail on Chicago's North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result as it struggles to avoid its own "fiscal cliff."
LONDON, Jan 22- The corporation tax bill for Britain's biggest companies tumbled by 18 percent last year, despite a rise in profits, PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Tuesday.
"The dollar index recovered after being lower and the stock market futures pulled back, helping crude oil pare gains," said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.
By Nelson Renteria and David Alire Garcia. SAN SALVADOR/MEXICO CITY, Jan 17- Central American farmers who produce some of the world's most sought-after coffee beans are grappling with the re-emergence of a merciless old foe: a tree-killing fungus spread by the wind.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan inches higher. TOKYO, Jan 22- The yen and Japanese equities were volatile on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan took bold easing measures, while other Asian stock markets posted modest gains.
ALGIERS, Jan 22- Algeria's prime minister accused a Canadian of coordinating last week's raid on a desert gas plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of Islamists in the Sahara.
*Gopal Vittal takes over as India CEO from March 1. NEW DELHI, Jan 15- Indian mobile phone company Bharti Airtel Ltd is replacing the chief executive of its key domestic operations as the group seeks to reverse a trend of declining profits.
HONG KONG, Jan 22- Shortly after China unveiled its new leadership last November, the country's main stock market delivered a downbeat verdict on the world's second-largest economy. How could an economy that more than quadrupled in size in a decade, bringing prosperity to many of China's citizens in the process, have produced such poor returns for investors?
*Algeria vows to fight al Qaeda after 38 killed in gas plant siege. SINGAPORE, Jan 22- Brent crude edged up near $112 a barrel on Tuesday as Japan was expected to pump in more money to boost its economy, adding to positive growth signals from the United States and China in past weeks.
*Central banks faced funding banks indefinitely. LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 21- Lobbyists found themselves preaching to the converted: the European Central Bank and Bank of England needed little persuading in the end that new global liquidity rules for commercial banks needed loosening.
*Iron ore seen at average $125/ tonne in 2013 vs $128 in 2012. *China 2013 iron ore import growth to slow to 5 pct.
*Morgan Stanley up more than 5 pct after results. *Weak outlook weighs on Intel, down 6 pct. NEW YORK, Jan 18- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 rose to its highest level in five years, as a weak outlook from Intel offset a fourth-quarter profit at Morgan Stanley.
LONDON, Jan 21- European shares edged higher on Monday, moving back towards their highest level in nearly two years as sentiment towards riskier assets was buoyed by moves to break a budget impasse in the United States.
NEW YORK, Jan 18- U.S. government debt prices rose on Friday as debate about raising the nation's debt ceiling prompting investors to buy securities cheapened by this week's stronger-than-forecast economic data.
*China copper production up by 10.8 pct to 6.1 MT in 2012. SINGAPORE, Jan 22- London copper climbed on Tuesday on growing confidence in the strength of China's economic recovery ahead of an early gauge of manufacturing activity this week, but growing domestic output and upcoming holidays were likely to keep gains contained.
*Best Buy, research data underscore hit to Amazon. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17- Amazon.com Inc's unfamiliar role as tax collector may have dented its crucial holiday quarter by reducing the online retail giant's longstanding price advantage over its rivals in several major markets.
*Algeria crisis renews Mideast/ North Africa worries. LONDON, Jan 21- Brent crude oil slipped below $112 a barrel on Monday, ending a three-day rally, as pessimism over global economic growth returned traders' focus to healthy supply levels, offsetting fears of unrest in North Africa.
*Group threatens more attacks, says Algeria refused to talk. ALGIERS, Jan 21- Algerian special forces have found the bodies of two Canadian Islamist fighters after a bloody siege at a desert gas plant, a security source said on Monday, as the death toll reached at least 80 after troops stormed the complex to end the hostage crisis.
*Copper held back by weak physical demand from China. *China cold snap drives lead battery demand- Deutsche. LONDON, Jan 21- Copper was little changed on Monday as a political attempt to break a budget impasse in the United States revived risk appetite, but was offset by still weak physical demand from top consumer China.