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  • Amazon branching out from TV to movie production Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    Amazon Studios announced plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

  • ISTANBUL, Jan 19- Turkish auto maker Karsan will begin building light commercial vehicles for Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. in March, it said on Monday. The agreement between the two carmakers calls for production of 200,000 minivans and small trucks over the next seven years, according to a filing with the Istanbul stock exchange. Hyundai said in May that it would...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- An oil price slump to multi-year lows, along with a weakening euro, is expected to boost most euro zone firms' earnings, even though economic growth is slowing and the energy sector itself will get squeezed. Carrefour's sales growth accelerated in the fourth quarter, Hennes& Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, saw higher sales...

  • Jan 19- Amazon.com Inc said Amazon Studios would produce and buy original movies to be released in theaters and for early-window distribution on Prime Instant Video. Amazon said on Monday its movies would premiere on Prime Instant Video in the United States in four-eight weeks after their theatrical debut. The video service serves up thousands of movies and...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 19- Germany's biggest utilities have set aside tens of billions of euros to fund the country's exit from nuclear power from 2022, when the last reactor leaves the grid and the clear-up begins. Germany's "big four"- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall- have piled up 36 billion euros to switch off their nuclear plants by a 2022 deadline, set following the...

  • PARIS, France, Jan 19- French carmaker Renault will make "massive investments" in China, it said on Monday, aiming to ramp up sales of locally-built vehicles in the world's biggest car market and cut its dependence on cash-strapped Europeans. Renault has lagged European rivals such as France's PSA Peugeot Citroen and Germany's BMW and Mercedes in expanding in...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has closed its investigation into the ill-fated sale of Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard Co in 2011, saying there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction of the software firm's former executives. HP alleged "some former members of Autonomy's management team used accounting improprieties,...

  • *China faces significant downward pressure on economy- Premier. *Iraq announces record oil production for December. LONDON, Jan 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $50 a barrel on Monday after the global economic outlook darkened and Iraq announced record oil production.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 19- Germany's Bundesbank is mounting a last-ditch drive to limit money-printing by the ECB, hoping either to soften the blueprint or delay decisions on key parts beyond this week, people familiar with the debate say. With markets primed for a European Central Bank announcement on Thursday, Germany's central bank is worried that a program to buy...

  • BUNDESBANK STILL STRIVING TO PUT LIMITS ON ECB QUANTITATIVE EASING- SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE DEBATE.

  • With elections just six days away, leftist Syriza leads the opinion polls and is intent on cancelling the austerity terms of a bailout from Europe and the International Monetary Fund and also wants a big debt write off. That has prompted a succession of German politicians and economists to proclaim that Greece risks being cut loose from the euro, although...

  • *Zambia to choose new president Tuesday after Sata's death. NDOLA, Zambia, Jan 19- Zambia's copper industry, the spluttering motor of one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, has been at the heart of campaigning for Tuesday's presidential election and poses a big headache for the country's next leader. Zambia averaged 6-7 percent growth over the last decade...

  • ADEN, Jan 19- Oil companies in Yemen's Hadramout and Shabwa provinces, including the main gas export facility at Belhaf, have suspended operations amid protests over the seizure of a presidential aide by Shi'ite fighters who control the capital Sanaa, local officials said on Monday. Crude production from Yemen's Masila oilfields in Hadramout province also...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 19- Russia might consider banning grain exports altogether if informal trade restrictions already in place fail to benefit the economy as hoped, a senior minister said on Monday. Russia had been exporting record volumes from a large grain crop of 104 million tonnes as the plunging value of the rouble linked to the country's economic crisis spurred a...

  • "If you want to see how the international aviation landscape is going to evolve, just look to the United States, where consolidation has left just four major legacy carriers to compete with the low-cost airlines that serve the rest of the market," said Franke, managing partner of Phoenix- based private equity firm Indigo Partners. The former chairman of America...

  • DUBLIN, Jan 19- The European Central Bank should make sure any quantitative easing program it embarks on shares as much risk it can amongst its members, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. Markets expect the ECB to announce on Thursday that it will start printing money to buy government bonds in euro zone countries to prevent deflation.

  • LONDON, Jan 19- The Danish crown hit a 2-1/ 2 year high against the euro on Monday as investors seeking a safe haven switched from the Swiss franc in the wake of Switzerland's move to abandon its currency cap and impose hefty negative interest rates. Traders said some speculators were betting that Denmark could be next to abandon its currency peg to the euro, given...

  • Brent crude futures, a major driver for Russian assets since oil is Russia's chief export, traded around $50 a barrel, with some support coming from falling U.S. output growth although concerns about global growth weighed. Russia's central bank on Monday offered up to $17 billion in foreign currency repos, with $7 billion offered in one-month repos and $10...

  • *Qatar Islamic Bank falls despite strong results. DUBAI, Jan 19- Most Gulf equity markets pulled back on Monday as oil prices slipped again and negative fourth-quarter earnings weighed on Saudi Arabia's bourse. Saudi Arabia's main index slid 0.6 percent as petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries fell 1.9 percent and Savola Group, the kingdom's biggest...

  • *China economic growth data due on Tuesday, seen gloomy. LONDON, Jan 19- Aluminum and copper slid on Monday as oil prices dipped and investors worried about the economic health of top metals consumer China ahead of key growth data. Copper tumbled last week to its weakest in 5-1/ 2 years at $5,353.25 a tonne while aluminum hit a near eight-month low at $1,756.75.