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  • Feb 26- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc said its Dunkin' K-Cup packs would now be available online and across retail stores in North America through an expanded agreement with J.M. Smucker Co and Keurig Green Mountain Inc. Dunkin' Brands said the K-Cup packs will be sold online by various retailers starting spring. Dunkin' Brands also said it had reached a profit sharing...

  • *Raft of corporate earnings lift Europe higher. LONDON, Feb 26- Global equities set a new record high and bond yields sank to fresh lows on Thursday as investors positioned for an extended era of cheap money ahead of the European Central Bank's looming bond-buying scheme. A new record low of -0.003 percent for German seven-year sovereign bonds came after Germany...

  • Two non-executive directors to quit Tesco board Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:36 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 26- Changes to the make-up of Tesco's board continued apace on Thursday with Britain's biggest retailer saying two of its non-executive directors will leave at the end of the month. Richard Broadbent will be succeeded as Tesco chairman by John Allan on March 1. A new chief executive, Dave Lewis, and finance director, Alan Stewart, were appointed last...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 26- Brazilian miner Vale SA posted full-year net income of $657 million on Thursday, well below analyst forecasts, hurt by weakness in iron ore prices and in Brazil's real currency versus the dollar. Despite record production of iron ore and nickel last year, the dramatic fall in profits and cash flow is increasing pressure on Vale to sell assets...

  • ATHENS, Feb 26- The expected growth in Greece's economy this year is at risk if the government can't fulfill its deal with creditors, public finances worsen and reforms stall, the country's central bank governor said on Thursday. Greece last week narrowly averted a banking collapse by accepting a last-minute deal with the euro zone to extend its bailout by...

  • *Bonded copper premiums up $2.50 to $90- $95- Shmet. The rest of the LME complex also had a firm undertone due to a resumption of physical buying in China following the Lunar new year holiday, combined with rising oil prices and decent economic data, analysts said. Copper has rebounded 11 percent after touching 5-1/ 2 year lows last month on worries about oversupply...

  • Sears posts 11th straight quarterly loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    Feb 26- Sears Holdings Corp, owner of Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, reported its 11th straight quarterly loss as sales continued to tumble. The net loss attributable to Sears narrowed to $159 million, or $1.50 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31, from $358 million, or $3.37 per share, a year earlier. Sears, controlled by hedge fund manager...

  • *Consumer morale improve in Germany, France, Italy. FRANKFURT, Feb 26- Bank lending in the euro zone fell slightly in January but at a slower pace than a month earlier, suggesting the economy may be turning a corner as consumer morale picks up in the bloc's largest economies. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said late on Wednesday that "all in all, the...

  • Feb 26- Western Refining Inc reported a fourth-quarter profit compared with a loss a year earlier, helped by improved refining margins and a hedging gain. The U.S. oil refiner reported a net profit attributable to the company of $130.9 million, or $1.33 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a net loss of $7.3 million, or 9 cents per share.

  • SEOUL, Feb 26- Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition. The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market...

  • Feb 26- Offshore rig provider Transocean Ltd wrote down the value of its contract drilling business by $992 million in the fourth quarter as demand slumped due to a steep fall in oil prices. Transocean reported net loss of $739 million, or $2.04 per share, attributable to controlling interest for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of $233...

  • *Angola oil output dropped 3 percent in 2014. LUANDA, Feb 26- Angola plans to increase its oil production by 20 percent by next year after suffering a "very difficult" 2014 as costs soared, prices slumped and technical problems hit output, the state oil company Sonangol said. Oil output from Africa's second largest exporter and a supplier to China averaged 1.67...

  • Feb 26- Google Inc has combined its two European regional divisions as it seeks to meet the challenges of tougher regulation across the continent, a source close to the company said on Thursday. In response, Google has argued that for Europe to remain competitive in global markets, it needs to form a single digital market instead of relying on national...

  • Feb 26- Sanofi's new Toujeo diabetes drug has won U.S. regulatory approval but with wording on its label that analysts say could make marketing difficult. Sanofi shares were 1 percent lower at 88.20 euros by 1029 GMT. Sanofi bought some time with a patent infringement lawsuit filed last year against Eli Lilly and Co to keep a cheaper Lantus generic off the market...

  • "On balance it's our view that we consider the lawsuit, or the appeal, to be unpromising for several reasons," Gerhard Ruf, judge at the higher regional court in Stuttgart, said on Thursday ahead of a hearing of the case. Two dozen hedge funds, including Viking Global Investors, Glenhill Capital and Greenlight Capital, a year ago accused investment company Porsche SE...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 26- Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Thursday it was willing to compromise with Ukraine over gas supplies to rebel-held regions in its east. "We are ready at the moment to exclude our gas supplies to Donbass from our discussions," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told the Rossiya-24 TV channel. He also said that Ukraine had prepaid for...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Oil rose above $62 a barrel on Thursday as indications of a coming recovery in demand offset a further jump in U.S. crude stockpiles which underlined currently ample supplies. Crude benchmarks in the U.S. and Europe posted their largest percentage gains in nearly two weeks on Wednesday, supported by remarks from Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Gold rose 1 percent on Thursday after comments from the Federal Reserve pushed back expectations for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade, and as Chinese buyers snapped up metal on their return from the Lunar New Year break. Fed chair Janet Yellen indicated in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the House of...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Sterling traded firm near an eight-week high against the dollar on Thursday, drawing support from steady economic growth in Britain, although a drop in business investment was likely to make some investors cautious. Sterling was a tad higher, trading at $1.5535, having hit a eight-week high of $1.5554 in Asia. "Sterling/dollar traded higher as UK...

  • Feb 26- Adam Goodman, president of Viacom Inc's Paramount movie studio, is expected to leave soon, more than a year before his contract ends, the LA Times reported, citing a person close to the studio. The company is "reviewing its creative organization," the LA Times said, citing a person familiar with the situation. Goodman joined Paramount in 2008 and a year later took...