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  • Fueling their shopping habits are social media, multi-brand retail websites such as Beijing- based ShangPin.com and Italy's Yoox, eclectic boutiques, and high-end department stores like Lane Crawford and Galeries Lafayette. Chinese customers aged 25-35 are Yoox's top spenders, International Markets Director Luca Martines told Reuters, adding that they...

  • *PM offers Finance Ministry to rival days before election. Speaking to a rally of thousands of supporters of Israel's right-wing parties from behind a bulletproof screen at Tel Aviv's main square, Netanyahu warned that the right-wing government he leads could be voted out of office. Final opinion polls published on Friday predicted the centre-left Zionist...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 4 PM ET Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 4:23 PM ET

    March 15- Editor: Christian Plumb+ 1 646 223 6200. BUENOS AIRES- Argentina's economy may be stagnant but the capital city Buenos Aires is looking better than it has in years, boosting the popularity of its mayor as he prepares to run for president in October. LOS ANGELES- "Cinderella" enchants audiences this weekend, racking up a royal $70.1 million to lead the domestic...

  • CARACAS, March 15- Venezuela's parliament granted President Nicolas Maduro decree powers on Sunday for the rest of 2015 in a move he says is to defend the country from U.S. meddling but opponents decry as evidence of autocracy. In a noisy National Assembly session, ruling Socialist Party legislators, who have a majority, applauded the "Enabling Law" as a legitimate...

  • An analysis of about 4,500 patients who stayed on treatment for nearly a year after completing earlier trials of Amgen Inc's Repatha, also known as evolocumab, found that 0.95 percent of those given the drug and standard therapy suffered a cardiovascular event, compared with 2.18 percent of the group on standard treatment, which ranged from diet changes to...

  • March 15- Researchers on Sunday presented trial data showing very low mortality and stroke rates using the third generation version of Edwards Lifesciences Corp's non-invasive heart valve replacement system that could help support its U.S. approval. Data compiled 30 days after the procedure showed a 2.2 percent mortality rate in high risk patients and a...

  • March 15- Patients treated with Medtronic Plc's CoreValve non-invasive heart valve replacement system fared better two years after the procedure than those who underwent surgical valve replacement, according to data from a study presented on Sunday. The data not only showed that results seen at one year were sustained a year later, but that there were...

  • China consumer show targets Volkswagen, Nissan Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 15- Carmakers including Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Daimler AG were scrambling late on Sunday after China's annual consumer rights day TV show said the firms oversold repairs and spare parts to drivers. China is the world's top auto market, and media criticism can dent reputations and drag on sales. iPhone maker Apple Inc made a rare...

  • CARACAS, March 15- A World Bank tribunal has ordered Venezuela to pay oil service company Tidewater around $46 million in compensation for seized vessels, in a decision the South American country hailed as a victory. "The much higher amounts claimed were rejected because the tribunal found that the nationalization was lawful," lawyer George Kahale, who...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 15- "Cinderella" enchanted audiences this weekend, racking up a royal $70.1 million to lead the domestic box office and $132 million globally. The adaptation of the fairy tale follows Walt Disney Studios' strategy of raiding its animated favorites for live action blockbusters- an approach that led to such prior successes as "Maleficent" and "...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 15- Argentina's economy may be stagnant but the capital city Buenos Aires is looking better than it has in years, boosting the popularity of its mayor as he prepares to run for president in October. Mauricio Macri, a conservative businessman, has built a strong power base in Buenos Aires and is one of three leading candidates in the race.

  • An analysis of about 4,500 patients who continued treatment for nearly a year after completing earlier trials of Amgen Inc's Repatha, also known as evolocumab, found that 0.95 percent of patients given the drug and standard therapy suffered a cardiovascular event, compared with 2.18 percent of the group receiving standard treatment, which ranged from...

  • BEIRUT, March 15- Syria's air force carried out air strikes on Sunday on Douma city, an insurgent stronghold northeast of Damascus, with 18 people killed and at least 100 wounded including children and other civilians, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Overnight, Syria's military killed dozens of combatants in southern Syria linked to...

  • FRANKFURT, March 15- Thousands of people are expected to march in Frankfurt on Wednesday to protest against austerity policies they blame on the European Central Bank, as the ECB inaugurates its new high-rise headquarters. The gathering follows protests in Cyprus outside a meeting of the ECB's decision-making Governing Council and marks dissatisfaction...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- As drugmakers develop new medicines to battle a liver disease epidemic, they have created an urgent need for better diagnostics to select patients for treatment and assess their drugs' effectiveness. About 30 percent of people in the U.S. now suffer from fatty liver diseases, such as NASH, fueled by obesity, diabetes and over-indulgent...

  • LONDON, March 15- British finance minister George Osborne offered a sweetener to pensioners on Sunday, less than two months before a national election, but promised there would be no big giveaways for voters when he sets out his final pre-vote budget. While his hopes of delivering major tax cuts have been frustrated by slow progress in bringing down Britain's...

  • *Some politicians see Sweden as a "great moral power". STOCKHOLM, March 15- In a few months, Sweden's minority government has managed to antagonise both Israel and the Arab world, while also angering business leaders at home as Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom steadfastly pursues human rights and feminism. After Sweden cancelled a defence cooperation accord...

  • LONDON, March 15- Britain will allow pensioners to cash in annuities in exchange for a cash lump sum, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday, but insisted there would be no "giveaways" in his final pre-election budget next week. Many opinion polls put Osborne's Conservatives neck-and-neck with the main opposition Labour Party ahead of the May 7 vote.

  • BEIRUT, March 15- Syria's military targeted a group of combatants linked to al Qaeda's Nusra Front late on Friday in southern Syria, state media reported, saying that dozens including three senior members of the group had been killed. Syria's army and allied combatants from Lebanon's Hezbollah launched a large-scale offensive in the region last month against...

  • ISTANBUL, March 15- Selling fruit from a cart in a working-class neighbourhood of Istanbul hasn't made Mehmet rich, but he's adamant his modest savings won't ever see the inside of a bank. Under President Tayyip Erdogan, an authoritarian leader with roots in Islamist politics and an aversion to usury, Turkey is hoping it can turn disdain for traditional banks...