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  • Toronto Star publisher Torstar's media sales fall Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    July 30- Canada's Torstar Corp reported a 7 percent decline in revenue at its media business, which publishes the country's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star. Revenue in the media business fell to C $237.3 million as the company continued to struggle with low print advertising sales.

  • *Mechel's debt totals $8.6 bln. MOSCOW, July 30- Russia has prepared two different options for bailing out indebted coal miner Mechel and both involve a change in ownership, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Wednesday.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and a lower share count due to stock buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs.

  • LONDON, July 30- Russian shares posted their biggest jump in a month on Wednesday as investors were relieved that new sanctions announced by Brussels and Washington on Tuesday were as expected and not tougher. The United States added three state-owned banks to its sanctions list- VTB, Russian Agricultural Bank and Bank of Moscow.

  • July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier.

  • FRANKFURT, July 30- Euro zone banks have loosened their lending terms for businesses for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, reducing one of the chief obstacles to an economic rebound.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia's second-largest bank, VTB, said on Wednesday it was ready to borrow on financial markets outside the European Union and United States after it was included in new Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and share buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russian assets rallied on Wednesday, shrugging off a new round of Western economic sanctions on Moscow as investors deemed the punitive measures less severe than first feared and analysts said their impact was already priced in.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier.

  • UPDATE 1-Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sept 23 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 30- Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday that profit fell in the second quarter, partly because of some higher administrative costs stemming from the healthcare reform law and new fees, but it still came in ahead of Wall Street estimates.

  • STOCKHOLM, July 30- Sweden's economy grew less than forecast in the second quarter, as exports were virtually flat, preliminary data showed, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will remain close to zero for at least another 12 months.

  • Cenovus' profit triples as oil sands production jumps Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • LPL Financial profit falls 4.4 pct as costs rise Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    July 30- LPL Financial Holdings Inc, one of the five biggest U.S. broker-dealers, reported a 4.4 percent drop in quarterly profit, as restructuring and other expenses increased. Net income fell to $43.1 million, or 42 cents per share, from $45.1 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, July 30- Bankers who break rules on their conduct may have to hand back bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them, the Bank of England said on Wednesday as it unveiled some of the world's toughest curbs on the sector.

  • PARIS, July 30- PSA Peugeot Citroen reported a surprise surge in first-half cash flow and the first auto-division profit in three years, sending the French carmaker's shares soaring as its turnaround plan began to show results.

  • MILAN, July 30- Italy paid record low yields on Wednesday to sell five- and 10- year bonds as large redemption flows and expectations of further monetary easing in the euro area helped feed demand.

  • MOSCOW, July 30- Russia has prepared two different options for bailing out indebted coal miner Mechel both of which suggest an ownership change, President Vladimir Putin's top economic aide said on Wednesday. The decision is expected within days, Andrei Belousov told journalists. Mechel is controlled by businessman Igor Zyuzin.