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  • BERLIN, March 20- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Berlin on Sunday, ahead of a meeting between the German chancellor and Greek prime minister on Monday, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

  • The New York- based sportswriter for ESPN.com is planning a summer vacation with her family in Ireland. With the Superdollar near parity with the euro, airfares to Paris are down 14 percent from a year ago, according to popular travel site Orbitz. London, Rome and Barcelona are among other popular locales with cheaper hotels and airfares than last year, according...

  • BEIJING, March 20- Business confidence among entrepreneurs in China fell in the year's first quarter from the final quarter of 2014, for a fifth consecutive quarter of decline, a central bank survey showed on Friday. The survey of entrepreneurs, bankers and households by the People's Bank of China came amid growing concerns about a protracted slowdown in...

  • EMERGING MARKETS-Fed boost for emerging assets fades Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 6:50 AM ET

    LONDON, March 20- Emerging market equities broke a four-day winning streak on Friday as an earlier rally prompted by surprisingly dovish hints from the U.S. The MSCI emerging stocks benchmark was 0.3 percent lower, though was still headed for a weekly gain, while the Asia ex- Japan index was flat as traders started to worry the gains earlier in the week were...

  • Aldi UK says e-commerce "not an immediate focus" Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 6:49 AM ET

    LONDON, March 20- German discounter Aldi played down on Friday a media report that it is planning to try out online grocery sales in Britain, saying e-commerce "is not an immediate focus". German trade journal Lebensmittel Zeitung cited unnamed sources on Thursday as saying Aldi was preparing to launch an online store in Britain and possibly in other countries,...

  • SHANGHAI, March 20- China's yuan at some point would be incorporated in the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Right currency basket, said Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, said in Shanghai on Friday. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," she said during a question and answer session following a speech at Fudan University.

  • *Sabadell attracted by UK economic conditions, margin. LONDON/ MADRID, March 20- Spain's Banco Sabadell could look to expand further in Britain after agreeing a 1.7 billion pound takeover of TSB, one of the biggest cross-border banking deals since the financial crisis of 2007-09.. Sabadell, Spain's fifth-biggest bank, said it planned to grow TSB into a...

  • ACCRA, March 20- Moody's Investors Service downgraded Ghana's sovereign rating and put the country on a negative outlook to reflect an increasing debt burden, large fiscal imbalances and a sharp weakening of the cedi currency. The downgrade from by one notch to B3 from B2 comes despite an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in February for a...

  • *Share exchange ratio altered in Holcim's favor. PARIS/ ZURICH, March 20- Switzerland's Holcim and France's Lafarge have agreed new terms for their plan to create the world's biggest cement company, giving unhappy shareholders in the Swiss firm a better deal. The companies also agreed that Lafarge boss Bruno Lafont would no longer become chief executive and...

  • *Pirelli shareholder says in talks with industrial partner. MILAN, March 20- China National Chemical Corporation is close to striking a deal with the top shareholder in Pirelli that could see it take control of the Italian tire company, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Earlier on Friday Camfin said it was in talks with "an international...

  • *Chairwoman Cher Wang to double as CEO. TAIPEI, March 20- HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker. She replaces Peter Chou, who will lead product development as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, an executive role focusing on...

  • Software developer Apigee Corp files for IPO Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 6:24 AM ET

    March 20- Apigee Corp, a developer of software to manage Web applications, has filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering. The company set a nominal fundraising target of $86.3 million for the offering, according to the filing on Friday. The amount of money a company says it plans to raise in its first IPO filings is used to calculate registration fees.

  • SHANGHAI, March 20- China stocks powered higher on Friday, posting their biggest weekly gain in three months and hitting fresh seven-year highs, as investors speculated that Beijing will soon unveil fresh stimulus measures to aid a flagging economy. "It is a bubbly level not seen since the heydays of 4- trillion yuan stimulus," Hong Hao, Hong Kong- based strategist...

  • MUMBAI, March 20- As billions of dollars flow into India's booming online economy, some investors are beginning to fret that soaring valuations could hamper market listings and limit their options when it comes to turning paper profits into cash. India's rising number of smartphone users, cheaper internet costs and a vast middle class have turned it into one of...

  • Yuan ends best week since 2007 on soft note Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 6:02 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 20- Despite closing slightly down on the day, China's yuan posted its strongest weekly performance since 2007 on Friday, gaining 0.85 percent thanks to a rush of dollar sales over the past few days by major state-owned banks, possibly acting on behalf of the central bank. On Friday, however, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1496...

  • BEIJING, March 20- Business confidence among entrepreneurs in China fell in the year's first quarter from the final quarter of 2014, according to a survey by the People's Bank of China published on Friday. Fewer households rated consumer prices "unacceptably high" in the first quarter, versus the fourth quarter of last year, a separate survey showed, while the...

  • BEIJING, March 20- A glitch in the broadband infrastructure of China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd caused a brief but widespread Internet outage in mainland China on Friday, the company said. China Unicom, in a statement on its Weibo microblogging account, said Internet access was disrupted from 1:25 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. local time. In February, China Unicom said it had 69...

  • SHANGHAI, March 20- China's yuan at some point would be incorporated in the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Right currency basket, said Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, said in Shanghai on Friday. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," she said during a question and answer session following a speech at Fudan University.

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. LONDON, March 20- Brent crude oil fell towards $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third straight weekly loss, hurt by oversupply worries after Kuwait said OPEC had no choice but to maintain output levels. "Oil has been under pressure following remarks by Kuwait's oil minister and the very slim chance of an...

  • *Orders from U.S. +9.1 pct y/y; China -8.1 pct. TAIPEI, March 20- Taiwan's export orders in February contracted from a year earlier, contrary to expectations, but strength in orders for the island's bellwether technology goods indicate last month's drop may be a one-off. Although the number of work-days last month was reduced by the Lunar New Year holiday, "orders for...