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  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • --Neal Kimberley is an FX market analyst for Reuters. LONDON, Nov 3- Foreign exchange traders who want to bet on the outside chance that this month's Swiss referendum on gold will pass might be best served selling the franc rather than holding it into the decision. The initiative, opposed by the Swiss National Bank, is aimed at preventing the central bank from selling...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, Nov 3- Factories across Asia and the euro zone reported a general loss of momentum last month that speaks volumes about the need for more policy stimulus on top of Japan's latest efforts to ignite growth. A second month of price-cutting in the euro zone, alongside only tepid expansion in Germany- the bloc's growth engine- and contractions in France...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 3- European equities retreated from a four-week high on Monday, with a survey showing sluggish euro zone factory growth hurting market sentiment and gas transport group Snam leading the utilities sector lower following a gas storage ruling. The European utilities index fell 1.7 percent, the top sectoral decliner, on an 11 percent drop in Snam...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 3- India is likely to export up to 1.5 million tonnes of sugar in the year that began in October if the government extends incentives for exports of the raw variety, the country head of Sucden, one of the world's top sugar traders, said. India, the world's biggest sugar producer after Brazil, exported 2.1 million tonnes, mostly raws, in the year to September...

  • *Negative impact of Russia- Ukraine crisis seen smaller. WARSAW, Nov 3- Manufacturing in Poland, ex-communist central Europe's largest economy, returned to growth in October, starting to catch up with stronger expansion in the Czech Republic and Hungary in a sign of regional robustness in the face of Russian sanctions. "It generally looks like central European...

  • Markit manufacturing PMI for Oct at 1445 GMT. LONDON, Nov 3- Copper prices inched higher on Monday, as signs of a slowing economy in top consumer China were offset by support from the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus measures last week. China's economy lost further momentum heading into the fourth quarter as a cooling property market weighed on activity and...

  • LabCorp to buy Covance for $6.l bln Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    Nov 3- Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, a provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy contract research company Covance Inc for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each share held. The offer of $105.12 per share, based on LabCorp's Friday closing price,...

  • Nov 3- Hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate Loews Corp reported a 26 percent drop in quarterly profit, partly due to lower investment income. Net income attributable to Loews fell to $208 million, or 55 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $282 million, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier. Loews, controlled by New York's wealthy Tisch...

  • *This is down from 6.68 billion riyals previously. DUBAI, Nov 3- Saudi Arabia's No.2 telecommunications operator Mobily restated a year and a half of earnings due to accounting errors on Monday and posted a shock plunge in profit, months before the kingdom is due to open its stock market to direct foreign investment. "This may be a temporary glitch as Mobily has...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 3- Even with gold prices dropping to near 4- year lows, buyers in China- the world's leading market- aren't tempted, suggesting prices have further to fall. Since all physical gold trade in China goes through the exchange, it is seen as a reliable barometer of Chinese demand. There is little sign of increased demand, dealers at importing banks in China...

  • *Boeing, Airbus and Lufthansa provided support. TEL AVIV, Nov 3- The Boeing 737 narrow-body jet has been certified in Europe and Israel for airport towing by the TaxiBot system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and its partners, the state-owned Israeli company said on Monday. Boeing and Airbus provided support for the project, which is expected to begin...

  • BRESCIA, Italy, Nov 3- Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Carige are working on a solution to the problems laid bare by European Central Bank stress tests but the Italian banking system as a whole is sound, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday. Renzi had previously made no direct comment on the results of the stress tests announced a week ago in which Monte dei...

  • *Platinum, palladium prices buck trend to rise. LONDON, Nov 3- Gold fell on Monday to near a recent four-year low as the dollar index rose to its highest since mid-2010 on speculation that the U.S. Silver prices also tumbled, with the metal touching its lowest since March 2010 at $15.72 an ounce and its cheapest level compared to gold in more than five years.

  • *Reuters poll sees Dec. 11 take-up at 170 bln euros. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Nov 3- The ECB will not improve the terms of its ultra-cheap long-term loans for now, though this may change if it becomes clear that the euro zone economy is taking another turn for the worse, several sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters. JP Morgan has said it expects that the fixed rate...

  • ECB MAY CONSIDER IMPROVEMENT OF TLTRO TERMS IF ECONOMY DETERIORATES BUT TOO EARLY TO SAY- SOURCES.

  • *Reuters poll sees Dec. 11 take-up at 170 bln euros. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Nov 3- The ECB will not improve the terms of its ultra-cheap long-term loans for now, though this may change if it becomes clear that the euro zone economy is taking another turn for the worse, several sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters. JP Morgan has said it expects that the fixed rate...

  • ECB NOT SET TO CHANGE TLTRO TERMS AT NOV POLICY MEETING- SOURCES.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 3- South Africa's Bidvest Group on Monday jettisoned plans for a potential listing of its food service arm, the second time it has balked at spinning off the unit and disappointing investors who had bet on a hefty pay-out from the move. Bidvest, a sprawling company involved in businesses from shipping to mop sales, has long acknowledged the need...

  • SMALL BUSINESS' SEPTEMBER BORROWING RISES TO 7-1/ 2 YR HIGH: PAYNET.