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  • SHANGHAI, Sept 7- China's stocks regulator said it plans to deepen reforms and bolster supervision of the market, including looking into a stock index "circuit breaker" system that would halt trading in response to substantial drops. The China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a post on its official microblog late on Sunday that the country's markets...

  • TOKYO, Sept 7- The dollar nursed its losses on Monday, after dropping on mixed U.S. employment data that failed to bring much clarity as to the timing of the U.S. "The problem is that these numbers are probably consistent with 2 to 2.5 percent GDP growth at best, good enough to begin the normalization of U.S. rates but not good enough to serve as a locomotive for the rest of...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 7- With Chinese stocks plummeting, money rates rising and the yuan facing uncertainty, onshore investors are fleeing to the one corner of financial markets still standing- long-dated bonds. This has prompted a 36 percent rise in interbank bond issuance, for the year-to-date as of July, driven largely by the swap program, which was expanded by 1.2...

  • LONDON, Sept 7- Fund managers that do not incorporate sustainability criteria into their investment decisions are failing in their fiduciary duty, a United Nations- backed report said on Monday. "Failing to consider long-term investment value drivers, which include environmental, social and governance issues, in investment practice is a failure of fiduciary...

  • UK MANUFACTURERS HALVE 2015 GROWTH FORECAST AS EXPORT ORDERS. "While UK data has continued to point to solid growth, UK manufacturing is having to contend with a roller-coaster of risks from the rest of the world, and the white-knuckle ride is starting to take its toll," EEF chief economist Lee Hopley said. Uncertainty about the scale of an economic slowdown in...

  • LONDON, Sept 7- Pfizer's stop-smoking drug Chantix does not raise risks of heart attack or depression, contrary to previous reports, and should be recommended to more smokers wanting to quit, scientists said on Monday. Describing the study as an "extensive analysis" of the potential risks of Chantix, Aziz Sheikh, professor and co-director at the University of...

  • HOUSTON, Sept 6- Total SA's Port Arthur, Texas, refinery is running at about half of its 225,500 barrel per day capacity as coker throughput is minimal following a fatal accident at the unit on Saturday, sources familiar with plant operations said on Sunday. A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department official said the preliminary results of an autopsy show that...

  • XUZHOU, China, Sept 7- Two years after China unveiled a sweeping plan to rebuild Silk Road trade links with Europe and Asia, machinery maker XCMG Group has opened a factory in Uzbekistan, sent 300 staff abroad and set ambitious goals to grow overseas. "This is China's grand strategy," said Hanson Liu, assistant president at Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group, which...

  • BANGKOK, Sept 7- The generals battling to revive Thailand's economy have been loath to employ anything resembling populism, having lambasted their predecessors for policies they say haemorrhaged billions of dollars and left Thais saddled with record household debt. But in a stark strategy shift, the military has had to bite the bullet and reopen the populist...

  • KIEV, Sept 6- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday lauded Ukraine's economic progress and urged its creditors to join in a deal to restructure $18 billion of its sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt. Speaking in Kiev alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Lagarde said Ukraine had "surprised the world" by its achievements, and...

  • *Cautious optimism at annual business meeting in Italy. CERNOBBIO, Italy, Sept 6- U.S. computer company Hewlett-Packard is considering increasing investments and hiring new workers in Italy after years of downsizing, because, it says, it has faith, for the first time in a while, that the country is on the mend. "There is a lot still to be done, but the glass now is looking...

  • BERLIN, Sept 6- Germany will set another export record this year despite recent worries of an economic slowdown in China, the head of the German trade association said in an interview published on Sunday. Economists have expressed concern that China's woes might become a burden for Germany's export-centric economy, Europe's largest, which has the greatest...

  • RIYADH, Sept 6- Saudi Arabia will ease restrictions on foreign investors to let them own 100 percent of retail and wholesale businesses, the government said on Sunday as the world's top oil exporter embarks on a new drive to attract investment and diversify its economy. The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority announced the reform to U.S. businessmen...

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6- Sony's faith-based drama " War Room" has the edge on N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" with $9.3 million to lead the modest U.S. box office over the Friday-Sunday weekend. Sony/ Affirm's " War Room" has continued to exceed projections following its surprisingly robust opening weekend, when it took in $11.4 million. "War Room" stars Priscilla...

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6- Sony's faith-based drama " War Room" has the edge on N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" with $9.3 million to lead the modest U.S. box office over the Friday-Sunday weekend. Sony/ Affirm's " War Room" has continued to exceed projections following its surprisingly robust opening weekend, when it took in $11.4 million. "War Room" stars Priscilla...

  • *Italy's Fincantieri invested $100 mln to expand shipyard. MARINETTE, Wis., Sept 6- Big investments, lean manufacturing techniques borrowed from the automotive industry, and a more engaged workforce have revamped the Wisconsin shipyard where Italy's Fincantieri SpA builds the Freedom variant of the U.S. Navy's coastal warships for prime contractor Lockheed...

  • ANKARA, Sept 6- More needs to be done to achieve 2 percent global growth over five years, as targeted by G20 countries last year, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz said on Sunday. Turkey holds the G20 presidency this year and has just finished hosting a meeting of finance ministers in the capital Ankara, from where Yilmaz was speaking.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 6- German industrial group ThyssenKrupp has cut costs by more than 1 billion euros this year, beating its target, and plans to press ahead with renewed savings efforts, its chief financial officer told a German newspaper. ThyssenKrupp will continue to work on efficiency improvements in the years ahead, he said. In its third quarter results...

  • Sept 6- More needs to be done to achieve two percent global growth over five years, as targeted by G20 countries at a summit last year in Australia, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz said on Sunday. Turkey holds the G20 presidency this year and has just finished hosting a meeting of finance ministers in the capital Ankara, from where Yilmaz was speaking.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Sept 6- Saudi Arabia was looking more closely at cutting gasoline subsidies, a move it has been studying for years, after the United Arab Emirates did so last month, with both states trying to save money in an era of cheaper oil, a newspaper reported. Al Watan's Saturday edition quoted unnamed sources as saying Saudi Arabia cannot leave gasoline...