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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- U.S. companies added jobs in October at the fastest pace in eight months, a sign of modest healing in the labor market just days before a presidential election that could hinge on the economy. Private employers added 158,000 workers last month, the biggest gain since February, payrolls processor Automatic Data Processing said.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Mining group Anglo American is starting the search for a new chief executive to replace Cynthia Carroll and take on what analysts and investors say is one the toughest jobs in the resources sector. South Africa, for its part, has indicated it would prefer a South African for the job. *Rene Medori, finance director, 55.

  • Nov 1- Health insurer Cigna Corp raised its earnings outlook for the year as its recent purchase of specialized Medicare provider HealthSpring again helped the bottom line more than expected, enabling it to beat analyst forecasts for quarterly profits.

  • Green Mountain strikes coffee deal with Costco

    WATERBURY, Vt.-- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has struck a deal with Costco to manufacture store-brand packs of coffee for the retailer. Green Mountain developed two blends for Costco's Kirkland Signature lines, a lighter breakfast blend and a darker roast.

  • Nov 1- Ford Motor Co of Canada remained Canada's top-selling automaker in October with total sales increasing 7 percent largely on the back of a nearly 17 percent jump in passenger car sales, the company said on Thursday. Ford of Canada, a wholly-owned unit of Ford Motor Co, said total vehicle sales increased to 20,565 last month from 19,190 in October 2011.

  • *Wall Street banks in lower Manhattan reliant on generators. NEW YORK, Nov 1- New York taxi and car service companies started pulling vehicles off the road on Thursday as the fuel crunch deepened, with the vast majority of storm-hit service stations in the greater New York area now out of gasoline or without power.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained on the back of larger than expected crude oil stock draws and U.S. manufacturing data.

  • Nov 1- Estée Lauder Cos Inc scaled back the top end of its full-year forecast for sales Thursday amid uncertainty in some key markets, and said it expects poor demand in Europe to persist. While sales growth was strong in the United States and China, Europe was a drag in the last quarter, with France, Spain, Russia and Switzerland showing declines.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- After several false starts, Barclays is optimistic it can sell a debt instrument that bolsters capital at times of trouble and could clear a path for European rivals to follow. ``I have no doubt that Barclays can get one away- because there are lots of sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds who will love this.

  • *Warnaco shares rise nearly 39 percent. Oct 31- Clothing maker PVH Corp will unite Calvin Klein underwear, jeans and sportswear lines under one roof in a $2.8 billion deal to buy rival Warnaco Group Inc, the latest move in the consolidation of the apparel manufacturing industry.

  • Nov 1- Printing services provider RR Donnelley& Sons Co, which mistakenly filed Google Inc's earnings report ahead of schedule two weeks ago, said it has put measures in place to prevent any such incidents in the future.

  • Survey: Small business lending slows in September

    NEW YORK-- Small business owners borrowed less during September, a sign that they're still not confident enough to invest heavily in their businesses. The Thomson Reuters/ PayNet Small Business Lending index fell to 94.1 in September from a revised 108.9 in August.

  • Nov 1- About 4.7 million homes and businesses in 12 U.S. states remained without power early Thursday as utilities scrambled to restore service disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Department of Energy data showed.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Husky Energy Inc expects no cost overrun or delay at its C $2.5 billion Sunrise oil sands project in Alberta, despite a tightening labor supply and growing industry-wide inflation, Chief Executive Asim Ghosh said on Thursday. ``We have a reasonable handle on where we are.

  • *Joe Hinrichs moves to head of the Americas. Nov 1- Ford Motor Co promoted long-time executive Mark Fields to chief operating officer as part of a management shuffle announced on Thursday that keeps Alan Mulally as chief executive for at least two more years.

  • Chesapeake arranging $2 billion loan

    OKLAHOMA CITY-- Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday that it arranged a new $2 billion loan to help repay some existing loan and credit facilities. Chesapeake said last month that it will sell off vast portions of its land and infrastructure in Texas in a series of deals worth roughly $7 billion.

  • Dollar up as US consumer confidence rises

    The euro fell to $1.2939 in late trading Thursday from $1.2962 late Wednesday. The British pound fell to $1.6125 from $1.6130. The dollar rose to 80.18 Japanese yen from 79.76 Japanese yen and to 0.9321 Swiss franc from 0.9313 Swiss franc.

  • *Jobless claims and ADP jobs growth stronger than expected. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks climbed 1 percent on Thursday after both weekly jobless claims and data on growth in private-sector jobs pointed to improving labor market conditions a day before the government's closely watched monthly jobs report.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1- Apple Inc's new iPad mini includes a display from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a key supplier but also the Silicon Valley tech giant's fiercest rival in a global mobile-device war.

  • Nov 1- New Jersey power company Public Service Enterprise Group Inc CEO Ralph Izzo said on Thursday that Hurricane Sandy's tidal surge caused significant damage to the electric transmission system and some switching stations.