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Sept 18- General Mills Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales on Wednesday, helped by growing demand for its yogurt and the addition of new international businesses. Net sales rose 8 percent to $4.37 billion in the first quarter ended on Aug. 25. Net sales outside the United States rose 22 percent to $1.32 billion.
LONDON, Sept 18- Libya's crude oil production has recovered to nearly 40 percent of its pre-war capacity with exports set to rise as major western fields ramped up ouput after protesters agreed to reopen them. Output has risen to 620,000 barrels per day, compared with its pre-war capacity of 1.6 million bpd, two state National Oil Corp officials said on Wednesday.
Treasury has sold another block of shares in General Motors Co, reducing its stake to 7.3 percent as it moves toward exiting its holdings in the automaker by the end of March. The U.S. government, which originally took a 60.8 percent stake in GM as part of its $49.5 billion bailout of the company in 2009, said it had recovered about $35.4 billion of its investment.
*BlackBerry shares up 1 percent in trading on Nasdaq. Once a pioneer in the smartphone arena, BlackBerry said last month it was weighing options that could include an outright sale, in the face of lackluster sales of its new devices that run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
LONDON, Sept 18- Debt market prices suggest investors expect Portugal will need another international bailout but that it should avoid a near-term restructuring of its debts that would impose losses on private investors.
*Fed tapering decision expected at 2 p.m. ( 1800 GMT. Fed policymakers are seen trimming their $85 billion per month buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities and are due to issue a statement at 2:00 p.m. ( 1800 GMT). Where we are right now, it's all on the Fed, "said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
LONDON, Sept 18- European shares hovered near five-year highs on Wednesday, staying within their weekly range as investors held fire ahead of an expected first cut to the Federal Reserve's equity-friendly stimulus programme.
CARACAS, Sept 18- China's CNPC will work with Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA to develop the Junin 10 block in the South American country's Orinoco extra heavy crude belt, the Venezuelan petroleum minister said on Wednesday.
Sept 18- Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein made his most public commitment to the bank's commodity trading business on Wednesday, even as regulators consider measures that may push Wall Street out of physical markets.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- Walgreen Co, the largest U.S. drugstore, is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange where they can choose a plan from multiple insurers, a sign of the shifting landscape for corporate healthcare because of rising costs.
*Big western Libya oilfield ramps up production. LONDON, Sept 18- Brent crude rose above $108 a barrel on Wednesday after crude oil stockpiles in top consumer the United States sank to the lowest level since March 2012.
VANCOUVER, Sept 18- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz took a notably upbeat tone on Wednesday, predicting the Canadian economy would start to strengthen and its potential for growth increase as the U.S. recovery takes hold.
Sept 18- Atossa Genetics Inc said an affiliate of U.S. drug wholesaler McKesson Corp would distribute its device used to collect breast fluid for cancer detection. The fluid is then analyzed at Atossa's unit, the National Reference Laboratory for Breast Health, using the company's Forecyte devices to assess breast cancer risk.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar and global equity markets traded near break-even on Wednesday ahead of what is expected to be the first step by the Federal Reserve to wean the world off the super-easy money it has used to treat the last five years of financial turmoil.
SAO PAULO, Sept 18- Brazil kicked off its latest campaign to lure billions in private investment to upgrade the country's creaky infrastructure by awarding the first of nine highway concessions, a process it hopes to complete by year-end.
Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez and other federal and state officials were to discuss the privacy and security issues at White House meeting on Wednesday, officials said.
U.S. chief executives were less optimistic about the economy in the third quarter, with fewer expecting to increase sales or boost capital spending than in the preceding three months.
*Libya losing $130 million a day in lost oil revenues. *Libya has FX reserves of more than $100 billion. LONDON, Sept 18- Libya could start dipping into financial reserves from next month if prolonged protests crippling the oil sector are not resolved, Finance Minister Alkilani Abdelkarim al-Jazi said.
Despite an 8 percent drop in quarterly revenue Adobe Systems's Creative Cloud exceeded paid-subscriber forecasts, sending shares up 4 percent.
NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday ahead of an announcement by the Federal Reserve on the future of its economic stimulus program. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a press conference at 2:30 p.m..