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  • U.S. retailers' February same-store sales Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    March 5- Click on http://tmsnrt.rs/1DYN3Ka for a table that compares U.S. retailers' February same-store sales with analysts' estimates as published by Thomson Reuters.

  • LONDON, March 5- AbbVie's $21 billion deal to buy Pharmacyclics shows big pharma's hunger for new drugs at a time when research at smaller biotechnology companies is driving some of the most promising advances in medicine. AbbVie's planned purchase of Pharmacyclics is the largest global pharmaceutical deal of 2015 to date and takes M&A activity in the sector...

  • NEW YORK, March 5- Exchange-traded funds designed to let investors play China's bond markets, which are mostly closed to foreigners, are facing a slow start amid concerns about mainland issuers' credit quality, high property prices and the slowing economy. At more than $5 trillion, China's onshore fixed-income markets are outranked only by the U.S. and Japanese...

  • Issuers who aren't from China or Hong Kong account for about 70 percent of offshore yuan bonds and certificate of deposits in the primary market so far this year, Thomson Reuters data shows. Other foreign entities tapping the fledgling dim sum market in the past two months are Australia's Westpac Banking Corp, France's Air Liquide Finance, Germany's KfW...

  • FOREX-Dollar rallies to new high as euro sags below $1.11 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    *Euro sinks below $1.11 to new low. NEW YORK, March 4- The dollar climbed to fresh highs on Wednesday, getting lift from solid U.S. jobs and business data, as the euro sank below $1.11 to an 11-1/ 2 year low ahead of the launch of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank. Separately, the Institute for Supply Management said its services index was 56.9 in February, up...

  • Adam Crozier took over the top job at ITV in 2010 when Britain's biggest listed free-to-air broadcaster was on its knees, buffeted by the fluctuations of advertising markets and haemorrhaging viewers to the higher quality programming coming from the publicly owned BBC. "Management is declaring victory on its five-year transformation plan," said Hargreaves...

  • UPDATE 1-ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 2014 profit and seeing strong demand from advertisers in the first quarter. Full-year pretax profit was up 23 percent to 712 million pounds, compared with a forecast of 681 million pounds according to...

  • ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 23 percent rise in 2014 pretax profit and predicting a strong first quarter. The home of Downton Abbey said it had started 2015 well, with net advertising revenue now forecast to be up 11 percent in the first...

  • *Actavis launches $21 billion bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 billion in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • Eleven analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a year-to-year gain of 7.1 percent. The 48 economists polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, predicted annualized sales in February of 16.7 million vehicles. "There was definitely a slowdown" in sales after February 20, "said Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Co's U.S. sales vice president.

  • *Actavis launches $21 bln bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 bln in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • DETROIT, March 3- For the second year in a row, ferocious winter weather slowed U.S. vehicle sales in February, with several major automakers missing analysts' projections and dampening bullish expectations. The lackluster sales reported on Tuesday were "likely due to inclement weather," said Joseph Amaturo of Buckingham Research Group, who expects "any lost...

  • DETROIT, March 3- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday reported that U.S. February sales rose 6 percent, which missed analysts' expectations and put into question the bullish outlook for monthly industry sales. The 48 economists polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected U.S.

  • BEIJING, March 3- China's JD.com Inc, the biggest e-commerce rival to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, posted a 73 percent rise in revenue for the three months through December, topping estimates as it expanded sales across more consumer goods categories. Revenue for JD.com' s fourth quarter rose to $5.6 billion versus the $5.3 billion average estimate of 13 analysts...

  • March 3- U.S. small businesses pared borrowing in January after a record prior month, according to data released on Tuesday. The Thomson Reuters/ PayNet Small Business Lending Index fell to 120.9 from an upwardly revised December reading of 133.5, the highest since the index's launch in January 2005. From a year earlier, the index was up 3 percent, suggesting the U.S....

  • NEW YORK, March 2- From its tower on Wall Street, Deutsche Bank enjoys a commanding view of lower Manhattan. That helped it close the global revenue gap with rivals like JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and put it within striking distance of No. 5- ranked Citigroup. It wants to take on U.S. investment banks on their turf and in February for example poached...

  • *No March bookings of Iran oil shipments by India so far- trade. *MRPL buys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia to replace Iran oil- source. India, Iran's top client after China, shipped in about 102,200 barrels per day of crude and condensate from Tehran in February, the lowest since July 2013, and down 63 percent from January and 62 percent from a year ago, according to tanker...

  • TABLE-South Korea Feb exports fall 3.4 pct yr/yr Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 7:05 PM ET

    SEOUL, March 1- Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for February, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Sunday:. FEB* JAN Balance 7.7 5.4 Exports 41.5 45.2 -3.4 -0.7 Imports 33.8 39.8 -19.6 -11.0* Revised figures released on Feb. 13. NOTES:- Reuters poll: Exports were seen down 1.8 percent in February over a year earlier...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The S&P 500 posted its best monthly gain since October 2011 on Friday, but U.S. stocks ended lower for the day as U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter. The S&P 500 gained 5.5 percent for the month, while the Nasdaq rose 7.1 percent, its best monthly performance since January 2012. That maybe set a tone for...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks dipped Friday afternoon as data showed U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter, though the Dow and S&P 500 were on track for their best monthly performance since October 2011. "That maybe set a tone for the market that wasn't wildly ebullient," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist...