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  • *Germany could' go further' to help euro zone recovery. PARIS, Sept 8- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the euro zone's flagging economic recovery, adding that the bloc as a whole needed to make more structural reforms.

  • The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.4 percent to its highest close in nine months. Hong Kong will be shut on Tuesday for the same holiday.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- Brent crude oil fell towards 14- month lows just above $100 a barrel on Monday after Chinese and U.S. data pointed to slower-than-expected growth in the world's top oil consumers. China's import growth fell unexpectedly for the second consecutive month in August, posting its worst performance in over a year as domestic demand faltered.

  • *Copper shipments steady, crude oil imports rise. *China steel mills have been slashing output. China's economy has had a bumpy ride this year.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- Sterling dived to its lowest in nearly 10 months against the dollar on Monday after an opinion poll for the first time showed Scotland was ready to vote to break up its three-century-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

  • *Carlyle's co-head of Asia buyouts sees bigger deals in Asia. HONG KONG, Sept 8- Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 8- Russian private healthcare company MD Medical Group said on Monday its first-half net profit more than doubled, buoyed by an increased number of patients and a reduction in its debt. Since then, it has made several acquisitions and ramped up its flagship hospital outside Moscow.

  • *China's exports grow better-than-expected 9.4 percent in Aug. SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Brent crude fell on Monday for a third day of losses even though Chinese trade data showed both better-than-expected exports and weak imports that might prompt help for the economy, but it remained below $101 a barrel after poor U.S. jobs data.

  • European shares dip early; Scotland worries weigh Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Sept 8- European shares fell in early trading on Monday, retreating after an opinion poll showed supporters of Scottish independence from Britain taking the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign began.

  • BERLIN, Sept 8- Germany posted a record trade surplus of 22.2 billion euros in July, suggesting Europe's largest economy could bounce back strongly in the third quarter after suffering a surprise contraction in the second.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- Associated British Foods maintained its annual earnings guidance, with a good finish to the year from discount fashion chain Primark offsetting continued weakness in the group's sugar operations.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Japanese stocks edged up on Monday in choppy trade as weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data spurred hopes that U.S. interest rates will stay low, while Rakuten Inc tumbled on news of a deal to buy a U.S. rebate site operator.

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Sterling declined on Monday and British shares look set to underperform their peers in Europe after a poll found rising support for Scottish independence.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 8- Brent crude turned higher on Monday, reversing two days of losses after Chinese trade data showed both better-than-expected exports and weak imports that might prompt help for the economy, but it remained below $101 a barrel after poor U.S. jobs data.

  • AB Foods maintains year guidance Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 8- Associated British Foods maintained its annual earnings guidance, with a good finish to the year from discount fashion chain Primark offsetting continued weakness in its sugar operations. The firm said on Monday it expected adjusted earnings per share for the 2013-14 year to be ahead of the 98.9 pence made in 2012-13..

  • Record German trade surplus points to strong Q3 Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:06 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 8- Germany posted a record trade surplus of 22.2 billion euros in July, suggesting Europe's largest economy could bounce back strongly in the third quarter after suffering a surprise contraction in the second.

  • GE said the transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of GE and Electrolux and is targeted to close in 2015. Electrolux will continue use of the GE Appliances brand.

  • BEIJING, Sept 8- China's import growth unexpectedly fell for the second consecutive month in August, posting its worst performance in over a year and stoking speculation about whether authorities should loosen policy further to revive domestic demand.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 8- In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.

  • PARIS, Sept 8- A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings on Tuesday to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' "right to be forgotten".