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  • Feb 14- Men's clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc said it would buy outdoor wear specialist Eddie Bauer for $825 million from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

  • Occidental Petroleum to spin off California assets Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    Occidental said the new company, which would hold 2.3 million net acres, would have major operations in the state's high-potential oil and gas basins, including Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Ventura and Sacramento.

  • *Euro zone growth beats expectations on Germany, France. *Italy grows marginally for first time since mid-2011. BRUSSELS, Feb 14- Slightly stronger-than-expected growth in Germany and France pushed the euro zone's recovery up a gear in the fourth quarter and offered potential for a more robust 2014, albeit with risks.

  • Smucker posts 6 pct fall in quarterly revenue Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    Feb 14- J.M. Smucker Co, the maker of Folgers coffee and Jif peanut butter, reported a 6 percent fall in quarterly revenue as it cut the prices of its coffee and peanut butter products. The company said revenue fell to $1.47 billion in the quarter ended Jan. 31.

  • LONDON, Feb 14- A stabilisation in emerging markets after January's rout may turn out be the calm before the storm if political flare-ups and Fed policies provide the spark for the next round of selling.

  • LONDON, Feb 14- Global miner Anglo American said its overhaul should gather pace in the next two years after initial improvements at its copper and iron ore mines helped annual operating profit beat forecasts.

  • LONDON, Feb 14- Spot gold hit three-month highs on Friday and looked set to post its biggest weekly gain in six months as more weak U.S. data raised fears about economic growth, hurting the dollar. Spot gold rose to its highest since Nov. 8 at $1,312.40 earlier in the session, and was up 0.8 percent to $1,311.90 an ounce by 1112 GMT.

  • Feb 14- Men's clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc said it would acquire the Eddie Bauer clothing brand from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for an enterprise value of $825 million. A. Bank will pay $564 million in cash and issue about 4.7 million new shares to Everest Topco LLC, the parent company of Eddie Bauer and a portfolio company of Golden Gate.

  • ATHENS, Feb 14- Greece's economy shrank by a smaller-than-expected 3.7 percent last year, marking the first time it has outperformed expectations since a debt crisis took hold and boosting hopes for a recovery this year.

  • ATHENS, Feb 14- Greece's economy shrank by a smaller-than-expected 3.7 percent last year, marking the first time it has outperformed expectations since a debt crisis took hold and boosting hopes for a recovery this year.

  • Homs rebel puts fate in Syrian government hands Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    *After leaving Homs, rebel hopes to leave Syria. *Evacuees describe tension with fighters in Homs. HOMS, Syria, Feb 14- Waiting among a group of evacuees from Homs for questioning by Syrian security forces, Hodwan al-Masri knew he could not hide his identity.

  • *Metal stocks start moving, possibly to unregulated warehouses. LONDON/ SYDNEY, Feb 14- A bid by the London Metal Exchange to ensure clients can obtain aluminium faster from owners of warehouses in its global network risks eroding its function as the world's top metals marketplace.

  • *Shanghai warehouse copper stocks up 20.4 pct. LONDON, Feb 14- Copper rose on Friday, helped by a weak dollar and limited short-term availability of the metal in the physical market, but gains were contained by uncertainty about the outlook for demand following soft economic data from the U.S. and China.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 14- The Russian central bank held its key policy rate as expected on Friday, but issued a clear warning that it would raise rates if the weakening rouble causes inflation to overshoot its medium-term targets.

  • *Rakuten acquires Viber for $900 mln. *Viber purchase part of Rakuten's expansion strategy. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the number of users in its digital empire.

  • LONDON, Feb 14- Evidence of a gradual acceleration in euro zone growth put the region's shares on course for their best week of the year on Friday and pushed the euro to a three-week high. Stocks in Milan were Europe's best performers by some distance, rising 1.1 percent versus a 0.4 percent higher pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index.

  • NAIROBI, Feb 14- A resignation letter by Somalia's central bank governor sent from Dubai has thrown Western donors into a quandary over supporting a government they need to fight al Qaeda's local allies.

  • ASTANA, Feb 14- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered officials on Friday to raid the country's strategic oil reserve and slash banks' bad loans, stamping his authority on the economy in an effort to prevent growth rates from slipping. Kazakhstan's gross domestic product expanded by 6 percent last year after a 5 percent rise in 2012..

  • *BP declares force majeure at Angolan oilfield. LONDON, Feb 14- Brent crude eased towards $108 a barrel on Friday as downbeat U.S. economic data outweighed supply disruptions in Libya and Angola.

  • European shares creep higher after firmer GDP data Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    *ThyssenKrupp, Anglo American boosted by robust results. LONDON, Feb 14- European stocks advanced on Friday, notching their seventh rise in eight sessions, as firmer economic growth in Germany and France fuelled expectations of a rebound in corporate profits in Europe this year.