*Q2 drop in demand first in eight years- GFMS. SINGAPORE/ LONDON, July 31- Chinese gold jewelry demand fell for the first time in eight years in the second quarter and could drop as much as 20 percent in the full year, a leading precious metals consultancy said.» Read More
CANTON, Mass.-- Dunkin' Brands nearly quadrupled its net income during the third quarter as the company trimmed expenses enough to offset slowing sales growth at its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins stores. Dunkin' earned $29.5 million for the three months ended Sept. 29, compared with $7.4 million a year ago.
LONDON, Oct 25- European shares fell on Thursday as third-quarter results from the likes of WPP and UPM-Kymmene highlighted worries over the outlook for global growth and earnings and helped keep equities in a tight range.
*Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. *Storm to cross Cuba in several hours, headed to Bahamas. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 110 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.
German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- China shares slipped on Thursday, dragged lower by the growth-sensitive banking and energy sectors as investors took profits on recent outperformers. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings ended down 0.7 percent at 2,291.2, its lowest close since Oct. 8.
PARIS, Oct 25- France Telecom has slashed its dividend for this year and next, it said on Thursday, as it tackles tougher than expected competition in its key home market from a new low-cost mobile rival and a weaker economic outlook.
NEW YORK-- The Energy Department is expected to report on Thursday that the nation's natural gas supplies grew by 63 billion to 67 billion cubic feet in the week ended Oct. 19, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.
*Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.
BEDFORD, N.Y.-- The New York estate where Robert F. Kennedy Jr.' s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, hanged herself has sold. Kennedy tells the Daily News he had no trouble finding a buyer. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he has been living in a different house in New York for many years.
SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer, the United States, revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.
BRUSSELS-- The European Parliament has rejected Luxembourg's top central banker to a post at the European Central Bank in protest at the lack of women among the top leadership of the bank.
Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says four firefighters and five workers at the Dallas Group of America Inc. unit were transported to a hospital.
TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's Canon Inc cut its full-year earnings outlook and posted a weaker-than-expected quarterly operating profit, hit by a weak global economy as the euro zone crisis drags on and a drop in Chinese sales as consumers boycott Japanese products.
*KDDI gains in heavy trade in spite of weak earnings. TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's Nikkei average rose to a four-week closing high on Thursday, lifted by exporters as the yen weakened on growing expectations that the Bank of Japan would further ease monetary policy next week.
Aetna Inc.' s third-quarter earnings rose 2 percent as lower-than-expected health care use and revenue gains helped the insurer trump Wall Street expectations.
*Hyundai shares up 3.9 pct after recent battering. Hyundai, which with affiliate Kia Motors is the world's fifth-biggest car maker, said its total shipments rose less than 1 percent in July-September- hit by the industrial action that cost the company lost production of more than 82,000 cars worth $1.5 billion.
WASHINGTON-- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods likely increased in September, reflecting a rebound in volatile commercial aircraft demand and a jump in retail spending. Economists expect orders for durable goods rose 7 percent in September, according to a survey by FactSet.
Gold had risen $8.27 to $1,710.20 an ounce by 0556 GMT. It fell to a 7- week low of around $1,698 on Wednesday soon after the Fed said it was sticking to its plan to keep stimulating growth until the job market improves. ``I think $1,700 is still quite a key support level.
PARIS-- Autoworkers from a Peugeot plant slated to close demonstrated Thursday in front of the PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters, hours ahead of a meeting planned among company executives, unions and the French government. Varin insisted the government would not make decisions for Peugeot.