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  • PARIS/ MILAN, Sept 3- Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of online fashion group Net-A-Porter, said on Thursday it was the right time to leave after she resigned abruptly ahead of the completion of a planned merger with Italy's Yoox. The merger, announced in March and expected to complete next month, will create a leader in the fast-growing online...

  • *Soybeans steady as China worries ease. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. and European wheat futures slipped to new contract lows on Thursday as a tender by top importer Egypt kept attention firmly on stiff competition in well supplied export markets. Soybeans inched higher as investor worries about China, the world's biggest soybean buyer, abated.

  • RPT-U.S. ethanol industry sputters on cheap gas prices Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Sept 2- The closure of two ethanol plants this week and proposed sale of a third highlight the growing challenges faced by small producers located far from cheap feedstock supplies in the U.S. The biggest producers such as No. 1 Archer Daniels Midland Co and Green Plains Inc said they have benefited this summer from better-than-expected fuel...

  • Sept 3- Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc, which gets about 60 percent of its revenue from coal miners, reported a 37 percent fall in quarterly profit and cut its full-year forecast as customers cut spending due to weak prices. Joy Global has cut jobs and lowered production among other measure to try to adapt to the slowing demand that has led to company's...

  • *Markit says PMI points to Q3 GDP growth of 0.4 pct. LONDON, Sept 3- Euro zone business activity accelerated at its fastest pace in more than four years last month, according to surveys that highlighted an ongoing divergence between laggard France and the other big economies in the currency bloc. The data, which come as official numbers showed retail sales rose less...

  • European shares bounce, focus on ECB meeting Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    *EasyJet surges on positive profit outlook. LONDON, Sept 3- European shares rose sharply on Thursday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street and ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that investors expect will deliver a boost to markets following recent turmoil. Focus will be on stressing that the ECB stands ready to act, " Robert Parkes, equity strategist at HSBC,...

  • *China bonded copper premiums hold at more than 1- year top. LONDON, Sept 3- Copper and other base metals gained on Thursday as bearish investors closed out positions amid a stock market recovery, but some were preparing a renewed attack on the downside. "There's definitely less of an extreme sense of volatility in the broader macro sense... so it's understandable...

  • *From sprinter to laggard as oil industry contracts. OSLO, Sept 3- Norway's oil-driven economy, until recently among Europe's top performers, faces years of slower growth as energy industry gloom infects other sectors, challenging policymakers who want to create jobs but fear stoking a red-hot housing market. Having outpaced the euro zone in each of the last...

  • Sept 3- Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc, which gets about 60 percent of its revenue from coal miners, reported a 37 percent fall in quarterly profit as customers cut spending due to weak prices. The company's net income fell to $44.9 million, or 46 cents per share, in the third quarter ended July 31, from $71.3 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • *Iceland produces enough energy to power 1.65 million homes in a year, far more than its 300,000- strong population, according to 2013 data from Iceland's energy authority and Reuters calculations. *Cables connect Iceland to the United States via Greenland and Canada, to Britain and to mainland Europe via Denmark and Germany. *Iceland plans to expand this...

  • Iceland hopes new incentives can entice Silicon Valley. *Iceland's energy and cable data: http://link.reuters.com/ven45w. COPENHAGEN, Sept 3- As it emerges from financial isolation, Iceland is trying to make a name for itself again, this time in the business of data centres-- warehouses that consume enormous amounts of energy to store the information of 3.2...

  • *Zarxio priced at 15 pct less than Amgen's Neupogen. *Amgen unsuccessful in attempt to block Zarxio launch. The arrival of biosimilars threatens companies heavily reliant on biotech drugs, such as Amgen, AbbVie and Roche, and Citigroup analysts have predicted a transfer of at least $110 billion of value from innovator companies to copycat producers in the next...

  • *China markets closed for public holiday. *Coming up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims at 1230 GMT. LONDON, Sept 3- Gold edged lower on Thursday, under pressure from a stronger dollar and share markets as investors awaited a European Central Bank policy meeting and a U.S. jobs report that could provide clues on the timing of a Federal Reserve rate rise.

  • Financial data company Markit, which compiled the figures, said Britain's overall economic growth rate was likely to slow to 0.5 percent in the three months to September from an above-average 0.7 percent in the second quarter. "Even after allowing for usual seasonal influences, August saw an unexpectedly sharp slowing in the pace of economic growth," Markit's...

  • BEIJING, Sept 3- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin about what could be done to stabilize world oil markets and prices. Maduro made the comments as the two men, both leaders of major oil producing countries, began talks in Beijing, after attending a military parade to mark 70 years since the end of...

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 3- A train full of migrants bound for Sopron, a town near the Austrian border, has left Budapest's eastern railway station, a Reuters reporter witnessed on Thursday.

  • A TRAIN FULL OF MIGRANTS LEFT HUNGARY EASTERN RAILWAY STATION, BOUND FOR SOPRON NEAR AUSTRIAN BORDER- REUTERS REPORTER.

  • MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.26 percent, with a 2 percent Wednesday rally on Wall Street improving overall equity sentiment. "It's helpful that China is closed as the large swings had created volatility and uncertainty in other markets," said William Jackson, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics. Investors are eyeing an interest rate...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3- Impala Platinum plans to raise 4 billion rand to fund the development of two shafts at its strike-ridden South African operations, the company said on Thursday, news that sent shares tumbling to 12- year lows. Impala, along with rivals Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum, is still recovering from last year's record five-month strike that...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Embattled commodity merchant Noble Group is expanding its Singapore oil team to focus on growing regional demand despite a price rout that has hurt some companies trading crude oil and refined products. Noble, one of Asia's biggest commodity traders, is expanding its oil desk even as it remains under pressure from a dispute that started when...