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  • European shares hit session low, U.S. data weighs Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 11- European shares hit a session low in afternoon trading on Thursday after data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended Sept. 6, the highest level since late June.

  • TORONTO, Sept 11- A jump in online sales helped yogawear chain Lululemon Athletica Inc report a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and increase its full-year earnings forecast on Thursday, sending its stock higher and reversing some damage from a high-profile recall last year.

  • Jose Filomeno dos Santos, chairman of Angola's fledgling $5 billion fund, noted that while his country has one of Africa's highest economic growth rates, it still has one of the continent's highest child mortality rates.

  • *Overnight poll shows more Scots favour staying in UK. LONDON, Sept 11- Sterling rose off multi-month lows on Thursday as a poll showing that most Scots intend to vote against independence next week alleviated concerns over the future of the UK, but equities slipped on an unexpected rise in U.S. jobless claims.

  • Alcoa signs Boeing deal worth more than $1 bln Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Sept 11- Alcoa Inc has signed a long-term contract to supply planemaker Boeing Co with aluminum sheet and plate that is worth more than $1 billion, the metals company said on Thursday. The new contract is the largest ever signed between the two companies, said Alcoa, a longtime Boeing supplier.

  • TORONTO/ LAS VEGAS, Sept 11- BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.

  • European leaders agreed to push ahead with a package of sanctions against Russia by the end of the week in response to Moscow's policy on Ukraine. "We have a number of non-agricultural products where our partners, primarily European, are more dependent on Russia than Russia on them," Kremlin economic aide Andrei Belousov was quoted as saying.

  • *Most analysts expect central bank to hold lending rate at 8 pct. *Rate hike possible as food import ban boosts inflation. MOSCOW, Sept 11- Russia's central bank is likely to leave its main interest rate unchanged on Friday to support the weak economy, although there is a small chance it could opt for a hike to clamp down on high inflation, economists say.

  • The recent poll movements mirror what happened in the run-up to the 1995 referendum in Quebec- one of the few obvious parallels in recent history- where voters opted to remain in Canada by a margin of just over 1 percent of votes cast.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels.

  • BERLIN, Sept 11- The chief executive of aerospace and defence group Airbus criticised the German government on Thursday for its restrictive arms export policy, saying it could deter international cooperation on future defence projects.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open after claims data Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday as jobless claims unexpectedly rose in the most recent week, the latest sign the labor market continues to struggle. Recent trading on Wall Street has been to the downside, with the S&P 500 on track for its sixth decline in the past eight sessions.

  • Kroger's quarterly profit rises 9 pct Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    Sept 11- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by the acquisition of grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.. Shares of Kroger, which owns the Ralphs, Smith's and Food 4 Less grocery chains and supplement seller Vitacost.com, rose 2.4 percent to $53.12 in premarket trading.

  • Sept 11- Data storage products maker EMC Corp has decided to explore selling its stake in its software unit, VMware Inc, giving into pressure from Paul Singer- run activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

  • Sept 11- Canadian dollar-store operator Dollarama Inc reported a 15 percent rise in quarterly profit as its number of stores increased and customers spent more per visit. Discount chains such as Dollarama are a popular choice for customers looking to save costs in a struggling economy.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels.

  • RUSSIA'S RESPONSE TO WESTERN SANCTIONS COULD INCLUDE CAPS ON USED CAR IMPORTS, CERTAIN CONSUMER GOODS- RIA CITING KREMLIN.

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- The late manager of Japan's destroyed Fukushima plant questioned the safety of large nuclear facilities, documents showed on Thursday, potentially affecting the debate over the restart of the world's biggest nuclear power station.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- Gold fell to its lowest level in 7-1/ 2 months on Thursday, as European shares edged up and the dollar traded around a 14- month high while tensions in Ukraine seemed to be easing. Spot gold slipped 0.4 percent to $1,243.25 an ounce by 1156 GMT, after dropping to its lowest since Jan. 31 at $1,238.86 in earlier trade.

  • RUSSIA HAS MEASURES READY TO RESPOND TO WESTERN SANCTIONS, BUT HOPES COMMON SENSE WILL PREVAIL IN THE WEST- RIA NEWS AGENCY CITING KREMLIN.