TOKYO, Dec 27- Japan's government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth $29 billion aimed at helping the country's lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, but analysts are sceptical about how much it can spur growth. The government said it expects the stimulus plan to boost Japan's GDP by 0.7 percent.» Read More
*Energy minister blames Gazprom "threat". the EU to antagonize Russian gas producer Gazprom, a heavy critic of the flows. Ukraine uses around 50 billion cubic meters of gas per year and has increased efforts to secure more gas from the EU after Gazprom raised prices for its supplies in a spat which has added to the crisis in the ex-Soviet state.
The Stuttgart- based maker of cars and trucks has been trying to bounce back after rival Audi eclipsed Mercedes in 2011 as the world's second biggest luxury car maker behind BMW.
*To raise $1 bln from sale of corporate assets. July 23- Dow Chemical Co said it would raise about $1 billion from the sale of corporate assets such as rail cars and that it was reviewing joint ventures, part of a plan to raise as much as $6 billion through asset sales.
LONDON, July 23- Britain's fraud office is working with authorities in China in a first for such Anglo-Chinese cooperation as it carries out its own investigation into alleged corruption at drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
*To file criminal changes against Alstom imminently. David Green, who announced on Monday that the SFO would join U.S. prosecutors and regulators worldwide in investigating allegations of misconduct in the $5.3 trillion- per-day foreign exchange market, said he had "reasonable grounds" to suspect that an offence of serious or complex fraud was involved.
July 23- Boeing Co reported a 52 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher commercial plane deliveries and one-time tax gains, but investors were spooked by rising costs in its military tanker program.
HEAD OF BRITAIN'S SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE SAYS WOULD NOT DISCOUNT POSSIBILITY OF FOREX CHARGES NEXT YEAR.
SFO'S GREEN SAYS PLANS TO FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ALSTOM IMMINENTLY.
SFO'S HEAD DAVID GREEN SAYS FOREX INQUIRY CURRENTLY FOCUSING ON LIMITED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
July 23- PepsiCo Inc's higher-than-expected quarterly profit could give the company more ammunition against an activist investor who wants it to separate its snack and beverage businesses. The sales increases were partly a result of price hikes that PepsiCo implemented as it launched new products which usually command higher prices.
CALGARY, Alberta, July 23- Talisman Energy Inc said on Wednesday it has been approached by Repsol, a day after a report that the Spanish oil producer was considering a bid for Canada's No. 5 oil company.
BRUSSELS, July 23- The European Commission on Wednesday put forward a target to improve energy savings by 30 percent as part of efforts to curb EU reliance on Russian gas imports.
July 23- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Gilead Inc's drug Zydelig to treat three types of blood cancer, the agency said on Wednesday. The FDA approved it for use in combination with Roche AG's Rituxan for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
NEW YORK, July 23- A hedge fund with over $400 million in Puerto Rico bonds has joined a legal challenge against a law that allows the U.S. New York- based BlueMountain Capital Management filed a lawsuit in the district court of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, claiming that the new law, known as the Recovery Act, runs counter to both the Puerto Rican and U.S. constitutions.
PANAMA CITY, July 18- Panamanian banking supervisors said on Friday they had taken control of ES Bank SA, a small unit of Espirito Santo Financial Group.
WASHINGTON, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer:.
July 23- Yum Brands Inc's China division has stopped buying from OSI China, after Shanghai police detained five people connected to the meat supplier's factory at the center of a new food safety scandal, Yum said on Wednesday.
*Saudi Arabia as big as other Gulf markets combined. DUBAI, July 23- The opening of Saudi Arabia's bourse to international investors may double the amount of foreign money flowing into the Gulf's securities markets, making it more attractive to invest in the region but also bringing new risks.
NEW YORK, July 23- A court-appointed mediator in the Argentina debt dispute said he had to push back by a day the start of the latest round of settlement talks on Wednesday because the Argentine delegation "could not get here in time."
*Says Deutsche Bank made no progress fixing problems. FRANKFURT, July 23- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found serious problems in Deutsche Bank AG's U.S. operations, including shoddy financial reporting, weak technology and inadequate auditing and oversight, people close to the matter told Reuters.