*Gold mine production set to reach record this year. LONDON, Nov 20- Output from the world's gold mines is set to hit record highs this year, disappointing bulls who are impatiently waiting for production cuts following this year's 24 percent plunge in prices.
ABIDJAN/ ACCRA, Oct 25- This year's drop in world gold prices has been deeply sobering for West African countries, from established producer Ghana to promising newcomer Ivory Coast, whose prospects of mineral wealth are being snatched away.
*Norway often bars sovereign wealth fund from investments. OSLO, Oct 14- Norway has ordered a review of its $790 billion wealth fund, one of the world's biggest investors whose largesse helps underpin Norway's generous social benefits, responding to concerns that the fund is unwieldy and its returns too low.
**J.C. PENNEY CO INC, $9.40, down 10 pct. **LUMBER LIQUIDATORS HOLDINGS INC, $101.46, down 10 pct. Representatives for Lumber Liquidators did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.
**APPLE INC, $462.35, up 1.5 pct. The fingerprint reader on Apple's top-end iPhone 5 S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers, helping dispel concerns about the scanning technology which has been notoriously unreliable in other cellphones. BLACKBERRY, $10.45, down 1 pct.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11- Wage settlements in South Africa's gold sector will amount to 1.5 billion rand in extra costs for companies over the next 12 months, the country's Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 8- Workers in South Africa's motor and gold industries will return to work this week after the last of strikes that have crippled operations at some of the country's biggest producers were resolved on Sunday.
*Gold strike over, except at Harmony Gold. JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6- A three-day strike by tens of thousands of South African gold miners wound down on Friday with most strikers agreeing to return to work after accepting the latest wage offer from employers, the National Union of Mineworkers said.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 6- Some South African gold miners have ended their strike for higher wages and were heading back to work after just three days, bolstering confidence the strike could be formally called off on Friday.
WESTONARIA, South Africa, Sept 4- A strike for higher pay hit production at most of South Africa's gold mines on Wednesday, but the main union behind the stoppage said it was willing to relax some of its demands. The stoppage called by the National Union of Mineworkers began at the evening shift on Tuesday, with many miners refusing to go underground.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 4- South Africa's main mining union has offered to compromise on some of its demands for higher pay after launching a strike that hit production at most of the country's gold mines on Wednesday.
*Gold miners' strike set to start on Tuesday. *Labour unrest has helped send rand to four-year lows. PRETORIA, Sept 3- South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appealed to unions and companies in the gold industry to avoid an imminent strike that could seriously damage Africa's largest economy, force mine closures and cost thousands of jobs.
*Anglo American CEO warns of "economic devastation". The National Union of Mineworkers, which represents about two-thirds of more than 120,000 unionised gold miners in Africa's biggest economy, is set to strike from Tuesday.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29- Anglo American remains committed to its South African platinum mining business but only if it pays its way, the group's new chief executive said on Thursday.
Gold mining firms said they were also preparing for a bruising strike that could come as early as Sunday and would slow bullion output, one of South Africa's largest foreign currency earners. That would mean that about 3 percent of South Africa's workforce would be on strike.
PERTH, Aug 29- The South African government will not intervene in deadlocked wage talks between gold producers and unions even as some producers prepare for work stoppages of up to three months, the South African mines minister said on Thursday.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 28- South African gold producers are preparing for bruising strikes that could start as early as Sunday, with some companies planning for stoppages of up to three months in a high-stakes fight between capital and labour in Africa's biggest economy.
*Walkouts imperil growth in Africa's biggest economy. JOHANNESBURG, Aug 26- South African construction and airport workers went on strike for higher wages on Monday, extending a series of industrial action threatening to slow growth in Africa's largest economy.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 23- If South Africa's gold miners strike over wages next week, the loss of output will drag down companies already being crushed between rising costs and falling prices for the metal.
*Strikes are damaging for Africa's biggest economy. JOHANNESBURG, Aug 22- South Africa faced a strike wave across leading sectors of the economy on Thursday and the labour unrest threatened to hit its struggling gold industry, already squeezed by rising costs and falling bullion prices.