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  • NEW YORK-- Shares of NetSuite Inc., which provides business management software over the Internet, jumped Friday after the company announced better-than-expected third-quarter results. THE SPARK: NetSuite posted a loss of $8 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with a loss of $6.9 million, or 10 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Shares of PerkinElmer soared to a new annual high, a day after the health and industrial sciences company reported third-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations. PerkinElmer Inc. said Thursday it now expects adjusted 2012 earnings of $2.05 to $2.07 per share. THE BIG PICTURE: PerkinElmer runs human and environmental health businesses.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth picked up in the third quarter as a late burst in consumer spending offset the first cutbacks in investment in more than a year by cautious businesses. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday, accelerating from the second quarter's 1.3 percent pace.

  • MILAN-- Ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi has condemned as "unreal" his tax fraud conviction and said it was the result of "politicized" judges who have made Italy unlivable and no longer a democracy.

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  • Oct 26- Consumer products maker Newell Rubbermaid Inc said it will cut about 2,000 jobs, or slightly more than 10 percent of its staff, over the next 2-1/ 2 years, joining a slew of U.S. companies trying to counter slowing sales by reducing costs.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- The board of truck maker Oshkosh Corp unanimously rejected billionaire investor Carl Icahn's offer to buy the company, calling it ``inadequate,'' the company said on Friday. The board ``unanimously concluded that Mr.

  • WASHINGTON-- A survey shows consumer confidence rose this month to the highest level in five years, an encouraging sign for the still-weak economy. The University of Michigan's final index of October consumer sentiment rose to 82.6 from 78.3 in September. That's the highest since September 2007 _ three months before the Great Recession began.

  • Stocks closed mostly lower Friday after investors found little to like in weak corporate earnings reports and news of only tepid growth in the U.S. economy in the third quarter. The morning gains came after the Commerce Department estimated that the U.S. economy expanded at a 2 percent annual rate from July through September.

  • Oct 26- U.S. auto parts supplier American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc reported a surprise quarterly loss, hurt by restructuring and debt refinancing costs. American Axle reported a net loss of $8.2 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with a profit of $22.6 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • "RoboCop," which has been filming in Toronto, was approved for $294,000 in incentives on $1 million in anticipated in-state spending. The reboot of the classic 1987 cult film with Peter Weller will include shots of Detroit and its landmarks. Eminem's "Detroit Rubber" was approved for $53,000 on nearly $170,000 of projected Michigan spending.

  • *3rd- qtr EPS, excluding items, $0.95, vs $0.92 forecast. Oct 26- Merck& Co Inc reported a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit, as a favorable tax rate and lower merger costs helped offset plunging sales of its former flagship product, Singulair, an asthma drug that began facing cheaper generics in August.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stock index futures trimmed earlier declines and pointed to a steady open for Wall Street on Friday after data showed economic growth picked up at a faster pace than expected in the third quarter.

  • WASHINGTON-- Federal agencies are planning the first official measure of the arts and culture sector's impact on the nation's economic growth. The National Endowment for the Arts announced a partnership Friday with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to identify and calculate the contributions of the creative sector to U.S. gross domestic product.

  • Oct 26- Arch Coal Inc, one of the world's top five coal producers, reported a surprise profit as cost cuts paid off, and the company said thermal coal shipments were improving. Net profit rose to $45.8 million, or 22 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $8.9 million, or 4 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- The euro hit a two-week low against the dollar and fell against the yen on Friday, with traders citing concerns that Greece may miss its austerity targets and political uncertainty in Athens.

  • Oct 26- Asset manager Legg Mason Inc said on Friday quarterly profit soared more than 42 percent, topping expectations, as the company reported its first quarterly net inflows of client funds since 2007..

  • *Storm causes deaths in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.

  • MADRID-- The International Monetary Fund says Spain's banking sector has made good and timely progress in meeting the terms of its bailout.