SINGAPORE, Dec 26- Brent crude prices held above $60 a barrel in early Asian trade on Friday as strong U.S. economic data supported the market, while a building supply glut capped gains. Yet on the demand side there was price supporting data as the U.S. Labor Department said weekly jobless claims fell for the fourth straight week and the Commerce Department's final...» Read More
July 31- Canada's Bombardier Inc reported higher second-quarter revenue as it sold more trains and planes. Revenue rose 10.4 percent to $4.89 billion. The company's net income fell to $155 million, or 8 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $180 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier.
*Carrefour profits rise in France, Brazil, Argentina. BERLIN/ PARIS, July 31- Two of Europe's top retailers, France's Carrefour and Germany's Metro, are making progress in their quests to revive performance in their home markets, with Metro rewarding its chief executive with a contract extension.
July 31- Time Warner Cable Inc, the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, reported a 3.7 percent rise in quarterly profit as it signed up more residential subscribers to its high-speed data services.
*Netanyahu presses assault, sends envoys to Cairo. *U.N. outraged at refugee deaths at Gaza shelter.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 31- While it's easy to point the finger of blame at Rio Tinto's former management and feel a tad smug about their downfall, the real lesson of the company's humiliating exit from its Mozambique coal assets is that the wheels of the next commodity boom are now in motion.
HONG KONG, July 31- Hong Kong property developers, recently troubled by a series of tightening measures, posted a strong rebound in first-half earnings as robust end-user demand propelled sales while home prices hovered near record highs.
BERLIN, July 31- Volkswagen posted a lower operating profit in the second quarter and stuck to its guidance as emerging market volatility weighed on the German carmaker's results. Operating profit at Europe's largest automotive group dropped 3.1 percent to 3.33 billion euros, VW said on Thursday, matching the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts.
*COGO H1 net profit down 31 pct, cuts FY sales target 22 pct. HONG KONG, July 31- A number of small developers- the kind that by sheer weight of numbers dominate China's vast property sector- are set to report big drops in earnings or even losses as the industry grapples with tight credit, sluggish sales and excess supply.
*India digs in heels as WTO trade deal deadline looms. NEW DELHI/ SYDNEY, July 31- The United States raised the issue of a stalled trade agreement during talks with India's finance minister on Thursday, a source at the meeting said, hours before a deadline passes for New Delhi to sign a deal backers say would boost the global economy.
*Yum says China meat scare impact "significant, negative". July 31- A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast-food brands, including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.
PARIS, July 31- Carrefour Chief Executive Georges Plassat said the impact of an imminent debt default by Argentina was manageable but added that the French retailer would slow down its planned investments in the country. Argentina represents 3 percent of sales and 2 percent of operating profit at the group level, he said on Thursday.
LONDON, July 31- Britain's Serious Fraud Office on Thursday drew a line under one of its most embarrassing and damaging episodes by reaching a second out-of-court settlement over a botched investigation that led to the arrests of two property moguls.
*Earnings $6.1 bln vs $5.46 bln forecast. *Raises dividend, flags $30 billion returns to investors. LONDON, July 31- Royal Dutch Shell Plc reported a 33 percent increase in quarterly earnings on Thursday, beating analyst forecasts despite impairments of almost $2 billion after producing more liquids and selling at higher prices.
July 31- Russia said on Thursday it had stopped imports of Ukrainian juice, Moscow's latest trade ban following new Western sanctions over Ukraine. Russia is also considering restrictions on all or some fruit imports from the European Union. Below is a list of major food imports banned by Russia since the start of 2014:.
EURO ZONE UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 11.5 PCT IN JUNE FROM 11.6 PCT IN MAY.
RUSSIA CAN APPEAL EUROPEAN COURT DECISION ON YUKOS WITHIN 3 MONTHS- JUSTICE MINISTRY.
RUSSIA'S JUSTICE MINISTRY SAYS EUROPEAN COURT'S APPROACH TO YUKOS CASE UNFAIR, BIASED.
BANGKOK, July 31- Thailand's central bank on Thursday insisted that economic activity "likely" picked up in the second quarter, one day after weak data fuelled concerns the country may have slipped into a recession after months of political turmoil.
US RAISES WTO ROW DURING SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY'S TALKS WITH INDIAN FINANCE MINISTER, NO SIGN OF BREAKTHROUGH YET- SOURCE.
ARGENTINA DISCOUNT BOND DUE 2033 STABLE AFTER TALKS TO AVOID DEFAULT COLLAPSE.