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  • MUMBAI, March 20- Toyota Motor Corp's Indian unit has decided to end a lock out at its two local vehicle plants, five days after declaring a suspension of production due to a pay dispute with workers.

  • UPDATE 1-IMF extends talks with Ukraine on aid package Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 20- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday extended talks IMF officials are holding with Ukraine on an aid package until March 25, saying progress had been made but more time was needed to wrap up the mission. Ukraine's hryvnia strengthened on the news, closing up 2.4 percent against the dollar, its strongest performance since March 5.

  • March 20- Fitbit Inc, which recalled a wristband fitness tracker a month ago following complaints that it caused rashes and blisters, has been sued by a customer who said the company did not warn consumers that the device was defective. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County, seeks class-action status.

  • *Kion aims to replace Toyota Industries as No.1. FRANKFURT, March 20- German forklift truck maker Kion aims to overtake Toyota Industries Corp to become global market leader no later than 2020 by focusing on growth in Asia and the United States, its chief executive said on Thursday.

  • BOSTON, March 20- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley remains well ahead of her nearest Democratic primary opponent and a Republican contender in the state's race for governor, according to a poll released on Thursday.

  • March 20- Fitbit Inc, which recalled a wristband fitness tracker a month ago following complaints that it caused rashes and blisters, has been sued by a customer who said the company did not warn consumers that the device was defective. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County, seeks class-action status.

  • German yields hit two-week high in broad Fed-led selloff Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    LONDON, March 20- German yields hit a two-week peak on Thursday, leading most euro zone bond yields up in a broad sell-off after the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, March 20- The number of Americans who believe U.S. oil should be kept on U.S. soil to lower gasoline prices rose in the last four months, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll.

  • LONDON, March 20- Britain's economy is likely to run out of spare capacity faster than most Bank of England officials expect, a member of its rate-setting committee said on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 2-Hermes shrugs off China worries as profits rise Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    PARIS, March 20- French luxury goods maker Hermes saw good demand over the Chinese New Year, it said on Thursday, underscoring its resilience to a crackdown on illicit gift-giving in the industry's biggest market that has hit some rivals hard.

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- Emily Hanson would like to buy a house, but she worries that she and her husband may have to move across the country to achieve their goal. In December, Emily, a 30- year-old student, and Nels Hanson, a 33- year-old software developer, began searching in Boston, where a shortage of homes for sale has driven up prices.

  • European shares trim losses on Philly Fed data Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    *Pan-European index trims losses after Philadelphia data. It later trimmed losses to trade 0.3 percent lower at 1,301.34 points by 1559 GMT, after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 9.0 in March from -6.3 in February.

  • *Moscow says U.S. will be "hit like a boomerang". President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region.

  • Bouygues may make new SFR bid, Le Monde reports Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    PARIS, March 20- Shares in French conglomerate Bouygues turned positive on Thursday afternoon after French newspaper Le Monde said it was expected to make a new offer to purchase telecom business SFR, the mobile phone unit of Vivendi. Bouygues could not be immediately reached for comment.

  • March 20- Johnson& Johnson on Thursday won the reversal by the Arkansas Supreme Court of a roughly $1.2 billion judgment in a lawsuit accusing the company of improperly marketing the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

  • NEW YORK, March 20- Married same-sex couples this year will file their U.S. income tax returns just like heterosexual married couples because of the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.

  • FOREX-Dollar widens gains after Yellen surprise on rates Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 20- The dollar powered higher against other major currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by signalling that increases in U.S. interest rates were not as far away as most had thought.

  • IMF extends talks with Ukraine on aid package Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 20- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday extended talks IMF officials are holding with Ukraine on an aid package until March 25, saying progress had been made but more time was needed to wrap up the mission.

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits held near three-month lows last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in March, indicating the economy was pulling out of recent weather-induced lull.

  • *EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss sanctions on Russia, help for Ukraine. *Says further Moscow incursions into Ukraine possible, NATO entry unlikely.