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  • Clean Harbors to buy Safety-Kleen for $1.25 bln Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    Oct 29- Waste management company Clean Harbors Inc said it will buy privately held Safety-Kleen Inc, a re-refiner and recycler of used oil in North America, for $1.25 billion in an all-cash deal.

  • *Shionogi takes 10 pct stake in GSK, Pfizer joint venture. *Reduces upfront costs for Japan's Shionogi. LONDON/ TOKYO, Oct 29- GlaxoSmithKline has raised its bet on a promising drug for HIV/AIDS by redrawing a deal with Japan's Shionogi which gives it a much bigger economic interest in the new product.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Global consumer confidence edged higher in the third quarter, underpinned by an improvement in the United States, although uncertainty about the economy continued to cap spending, a survey showed. Sixty two percent of global consumers said they believed their national economies were in recession, up from 57 percent in the previous quarter, according to the survey by global information company Nielsen, released on Monday.

  • UPDATE 1-Cemex launches Colombia IPO of Latam unit Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    BOGOTA, Oct 29- Mexico's top cement maker Cemex officially launched on Monday the Colombian initial public offering of its Latin American unit, with books open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, the company said. Cemex has set a range of between 11,000 and 13,500 Colombian pesos per share for the offering of about 24 percent of its Cemex Latam Holdings unit.

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Oct 29- India's new oil minister has promised to speed decision making in an effort to attract foreign investment, and will push domestic oil companies to aggressively bid for foreign oil and gas assets to meet growing energy demand.

  • *Brent oil falls below $109/ bbl, East Coast refineries wind down. Activity across all markets was expected to be thin as the Category 1 Hurricane Sandy neared landfall along the mid-Atlantic states of the United States, forcing shops, offices and share markets in New York to close.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 29- India- focused Essar Energy plans to refinance up to $1.5 billion of its rupee debt within a couple of quarters, as it focuses on improving its balance sheet after a turbulent period that included heavy capital expenditure and regulatory setbacks.

  • UPDATE 2-Pearson confirms Random Penguin merger Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    LONDON, 29- Pearson said it would merge Penguin Books with Bertelsmann's Random House to create the world's leading consumer publisher, a day after Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times said his News Corp group could bid for Penguin.

  • Yuan touches new high but upward pressure cools Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Yuan hits record strong point before weakening. SHANGHAI, Oct 29- The yuan hit another record high on Monday, but then slipped back as traders said pressure on the Chinese currency eased from levels seen late last week. ``Everyone has cooled off a little,'' said a trader at a commercial bank in Shanghai after the morning session during which the new high was hit.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it's about Colorado- or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.

  • Oct 29- Can peer pressure make delinquent taxpayers pony up what they owe the government? Behavioral economists say it can, and some tax agencies in both the United States and Britain are taking their advice to heart-- and finding that they are reaping rewards.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0930 GMT Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    The Reuters business schedule runs at the following times: 0230,0630 GMT- Mathew Veedon +65 6870-3827 0830,1230 GMT- Malcolm Davidson +44 20 7542 6958 1530,1930 GMT- Franklin Paul, Chris Kaufman +1 646 223 6200.

  • Earnings worries hit European shares Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    *Traders cite worries over corporate results, Spain. Spain's IBEX stock market outperformed the broader market, dipping 0.2 percent after European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said the country had no immediate need of help from the bank's planned new bond-buying programme.

  • Oct 29- Category 1 Hurricane Sandy was strengthening and the center of the storm was forecast to move over the coast of U.S. mid-Atlantic states by Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

  • *U.S. East Coast refineries cut output ahead of hurricane. LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil fell below $109 a barrel on Monday as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wound down operations ahead of the approach of Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Oct 29- India's new oil minister has promised to speed decision making in an effort to attract foreign investment, and will push domestic oil companies to aggressively bid for foreign oil and gas assets to meet growing energy demand.

  • FOREX-Euro falls on uncertainty over Greece, Spain Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 29- The euro fell on Monday, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid. Near-bankrupt Greece needs a comprehensive deal on an austerity package to unlock its next tranche of aid before it runs out of cash in mid-November.

  • As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the New York area, regulators, exchanges and brokers grew increasingly worried about the integrity of markets and the safety of employees. A number of companies have postponed scheduled earnings releases, including Pfizer Inc and power firm Entergy Corp, and more were expected to follow suit.

  • *Shionogi takes 10 pct stake in GSK, Pfizer joint venture. LONDON/ TOKYO, Oct 29- GlaxoSmithKline has raised its bet on a promising drug for HIV/AIDS by redrawing a deal with Japan's Shionogi, giving it a much bigger economic interest in the new product.

  • *Exec hopes China output back to normal in Feb. TOKYO, Oct 29- Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese goods, and warned it could be February before business in the world's biggest autos market returns to normal.