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  • STRASBOURG, France, Oct 23- The European Commission on Tuesday postponed a vote on a plan to force companies to allot 40 percent of their board seats to women by 2020 as lawyers questioned its legality under EU rules.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 23- Mobile phone maker Nokia plans to raise 750 million euros from bonds convertible into shares, seeking a cheap way to help finance its fight to claw back market share lost to Apple and Samsung.

  • Samsung wins preliminary round over Apple patent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which is battling Apple Inc across the globe for dominance of the smartphone market, dealt the California company a setback by winning a preliminary invalidation of a key Apple patent, according to a court filing.

  • *Google, Amazon helped force its hand- analysts. SAN JOSE, Oct 23- Apple Inc is expected to make its biggest product move on Tuesday since debuting the iPad two years ago, launching a smaller, cheaper tablet into a market staked out by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc.

  • *China sales growth to stay above 10 pct over mid-term. MUNICH, Oct 23- German carmaker BMW hopes to maintain double-digit sales growth in China, banking on new leadership there to inject fresh stimulus into the economy. China is preparing for a once-in-a-decade leadership change that will be finalised next month at the ruling Communist Party's 18th congress.

  • HCA offers cash dividend of $2.50 per share Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:16 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Hospital operator HCA Holdings, Inc. said Tuesday that it would pay a special cash dividend of $2.50 per share next month. Shares of HCA rose 36 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $30 in after-hours trading. Shares ended down $1.11, or 3.6 percent, at $29.64 in regular trading.

  • Netflix slashes its forecast for subscriber gains Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:16 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Netflix slashed its prediction for how many U.S. video-streaming subscribers it would add this year after subpar third-quarter results, causing a sharp sell-off in its stock in after-hours trading.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Oct. 15-22 Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.86 million. 3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.73 million. 4. "Person of Interest," CBS, 13.93 million.

  • Hanesbrands 3Q net rises on cost cuts, solid sales Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Clothing maker Hanesbrands Inc. said Tuesday its third-quarter net income rose 21 percent as the company cut costs and sales of its Hanes and Champion underwear were strong. Hanesbrands and other clothing makers have been facing historically high cotton prices, but those pressures are receding.

  • UPDATE 3-BBC chief denies cover-up over sexual abuse Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:06 PM ET

    *BBC under pressure over sex claims against dead presenter. *BBC boss admits trust damaged. George Entwistle, who was announced as the 90- year-old media organisation's new boss in August, told hostile lawmakers that failures at the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile, once one of Britain's top TV presenters, to prey on young girls for years.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Gold fell 1 percent on Tuesday, tumbling below technical support and hovering just above $1,700 an ounce, pressured by economic worries that slammed equities and commodities and lifted the dollar.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings 3Q profit drops 5 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:03 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.' s shares fell in after-hours trading Tuesday after the restaurant chain reported a 5 percent decline in its fiscal third-quarter profit, which missed market expectations. That's down from $11.3 million, or 61 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Trucker CH Robinson's 3Q profit up 2 percent Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Trucking company C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings rose 2 percent as higher costs held down margins and revenue fell short of expectations. Net income was $116.3 million, or 72 cents per share, compared with $114.3 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • AMC's 'Walking Dead' walks tall, with 9.5M viewers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    AMC aired the episode two other times later Sunday, and the Nielsen ratings company said a total of 14 million people watched at least one of them. The most-watched drama on broadcast TV last week, CBS' "Person of Interest," had just under 14 million viewers.

  • *DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. The latest string of disappointing results came from blue-chips DuPont and United Technologies, which operate around the world and in many industries. DuPont shares lost more than 8 percent, leading the Dow industrials lower.

  • NC insurance head defers homeowner's rate issue Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.-- Two weeks ahead of an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina's insurance commissioner told companies on Tuesday they'll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowner's premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Global shares and the euro tumbled on Tuesday after a slew of weak U.S. corporate earnings results and credit ratings downgrades of several indebted regions of Spain.

  • Idaho awards school laptop contract to H-P Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard Co. to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Public Schools Superintendent Tom Luna announced the winning vendor Tuesday.

  • *Adds to views that Brazil's banks headed for rough patch. *Itau's expense, provision cuts may help stem profit drops.

  • Worries over earnings and Spain hit European shares Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 23- A top European share index slid to its lowest level in more than one-and-a-half months on Tuesday, hit by worries over company results and Spain's debt crisis, and some traders bet on European stocks falling further.