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  • *Dow up 1 pct, S&P 500 up 1.1 pct, Nasdaq up 1.4 pct. NEW YORK, Nov 1- The S&P 500 scored its best day in seven weeks on Thursday as bullish consumer confidence and private-sector jobs data gave investors reason to cheer following superstorm Sandy's devastating sweep through the U.S.

  • Nov 1- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as overall sales at its established coffee shops topped analysts' estimates, and it raised its forecast for fiscal 2013.. Starbucks shares rose 6 percent in after-market trading.

  • Nov 1- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as overall sales at its established coffee shops topped analysts' estimates, and it raised its forecast for fiscal 2013..

  • NEW YORK- Huge logistical problems from power failures and navigational hazards roil the massive New York Harbor oil hub in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, threatening widespread delays in fuel deliveries off the New York Mercantile Exchange's futures contracts (STORM-SANDY/CME-DELIVERIES, moving shortly, 800 words).

  • The Post-Sandy Quest: Coffee ... And a Shower

    With power still out for thousands along the Northeast, industrious residents are roaming their neighborhoods for basic necessities. The day begins with a search for a cup of coffee.

  • Starbucks CEO on Earnings, Elections & Sandy

    Starbucks Chairman, CEO & President Howard Schultz, discusses Sandy's impact on his company's operations, the upcoming elections and the job policies in the U.S.

  • Starbucks Raises Its Outlook, Increases Dividend

    The coffee retailer reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts' expectations by a penny and announced that it would hike its dividend by 24 percent.

  • WATERBURY, Vt.-- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has struck a deal with Costco to manufacture store-brand packs of coffee for the retailer. Green Mountain developed two blends for Costco's Kirkland Signature lines, a lighter breakfast blend and a darker roast.

  • Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reports a lower profit that topped expectations, as higher results from its refining arm counters a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. (EXXON-EARNINGS/ moved, by Anna Driver, 320 words).

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • *Jobless claims, rescheduled ADP report on tap. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data that could give a clue into the strength of the economy a day before the crucial payroll report.

  • LONDON- Britain threatened on Thursday to veto any deal on the European Union budget that is not good for the British taxpayer, a day after a humiliating defeat in parliament undermined Prime Minister David Cameron's authority.

  • BEIJING/ LONDON- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports (GLOBAL-ECONOMY/PMIS,, moved, by Lucy Hornby and Se Young Lee, 950 words).

  • LONDON, Oct 31- A UK parliamentary committee has invited executives from Starbucks Corp, Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc to answer questions about their tax practices, which allow them to make significant sales in the UK, but pay little tax here.

  • *Home Depot reopens 33 stores. At Home Depot, one of the biggest challenges during the height of the storm was constantly rerouting trucks filled with supplies as local officials ordered roads closed, said Doug Spiron, Emergency Response Captain at the No. 1 home improvement chain's command center. At the peak on Monday, 44 Home Depot stores were closed.

  • *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. *Wal-Mart says holiday plans intact. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. retailers preparing for the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it hit the East Coast on Monday looked back to only a year ago to Hurricane Irene for a blueprint. We learned a number of things from that,'' Terry Johnson, Lowe's senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. retailers preparing for the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it hit the East Coast on Monday looked back to only a year ago to Hurricane Irene for a blueprint. We learned a number of things from that,'' Terry Johnson, Lowe's senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.

  • Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling bags of its ground coffee i n some of its Canadian re staurants i n November, its Canadian chief told Reuters on Thursday, in a likely challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp, Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Hortons Inc..