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  • *Sees positive growth in HK, Macau stores sales in coming year. *Says decline in Jan-Mar quarter sales in HK, Macau due to high comparison in 2013.

  • April 14- Television and film studio Relativity Media has offered $500 million in stock for Maker Studios, whose shareholders are scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a bid by the Walt Disney Co, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a letter.

  • *Ukraine's Monday ultimatum to separatists saps risk appetite. LONDON, April 14- Bruised share markets took a further battering on Monday on growing fears of military conflict in Ukraine.

  • BEIJING, April 14- Hong Kong shares finished slightly higher on Monday in subdued trade, with a strong performance from blue chips including Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd pulling up the index.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russian stocks and the rouble fell sharply on Monday as Ukraine prepared to fight pro-Russian rebels, heightening fears of Russian military intervention and more western sanctions against Moscow. "The escalation sharply increases risks of an all-out civil war in Ukraine," said Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts in a research note.

  • *Ukraine, stocks, Chinese data in focus this week. LONDON, April 14- The euro retreated modestly from levels close to this year's highs on Monday after the strongest signal yet from the European Central Bank that it will take action to head off further gains.

  • MILAN, April 14- Orders for a new inflation-linked bond due in April 2020 Italy started offering on Monday to small investors have reached 1 billion euros after about one hour, a trader said. The bond pays a minimum real coupon of 1.65 percent. The offer runs until April 17 unless the Treasury decides to close it early.

  • WH Group and some of its shareholders launched an up to $5.3 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong last week, the second-biggest ever listing by a food and beverage company. Yang Zhijun, an executive director in charge of investment, merger and acquisitions and financing for WH Group, was issued another 245.6 million ordinary shares.

  • *Thailand expected to post slowest GDP growth in Asia. BANGKOK, April 14- The golden Buddha statues, amulets and lucky charms that festoon Sakuntala Mettawong's tiny Bangkok cellphone shop are not helping business.

  • FOREX-ECB comments knock euro, but not much Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    *Ukraine, stocks, Chinese data in focus this week. LONDON, April 14- The euro retreated modestly from levels close to this year's highs on Monday after the strongest signal yet from the European Central Bank that it will take action to head off further gains.

  • India's grain export drive seen election-proof Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, April 14- India's main opposition party said it would push on with the country's drive to expand its grain exports if it forms the next government after elections that kicked off last week.

  • BEIJING, April 14- China shares were nearly flat on Monday as investors locked in profits after last week's announcement that Hong Kong and China investors will be able to buy shares in companies listed on each other's bourses. The CSI300 index of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.1 percent.

  • European shares fall as Ukraine tensions flare Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    PARIS, April 14- European stocks fell extended last week's retreat on Monday after late losses on Wall Street and as tensions in Ukraine flared again.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14- Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russia's stock market fell and the rouble weakened in early trading on Monday after tension escalated in Ukraine over the weekend. At 0633 GMT the rouble-denominated MICEX index was down 1.2 percent to 1,346 points, while the dollar-denominated RTS index fell 1.9 percent to 1,178 points.

  • MOSCOW, April 14- Russia's stockmarket fell and the rouble weakened in early trading on Monday after tension escalated in Ukraine over the weekend. At 0633 GMT the rouble-denominated MICEX index was down 0.7 percent to 1,358 points, while the dollar-denominated RTS index fell 1 percent to 1,201 points.

  • PARIS, April 14- French oil company Total said on Monday it had decided to go ahead with its Kaombo oil project offshore Angola after lowering its cost by $4 billion to $16 billion. Angola is Africa's second largest oil producer and it wants to increase production to 2 million barrels per day next year from 1.73 mbpd in 2013..

  • *Pro-Russia militants seize more ground in east Ukraine, risk of "gas war" looms. SINGAPORE April 14- Brent crude futures rose to near $108 a barrel on Monday, supported by rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine that have raised the risk of a military confrontation with Russia.

  • RUSSIA'S RTS INDEX EXTENDS LOSSES ON OPENING, DOWN 2.2 PCT, MICEX INDEX FALLS 1.1 PCT.