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  • UPDATE 1-PVH Corp to buy Warnaco Group for $2.9 bln Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    Oct 31- PVH Corp has agreed to buy apparel firm Warnaco Group Inc for about $2.9 billion, in a deal to bring all Calvin Klein clothing under its control. Warnaco's Calvin Klein businesses will be moved to PVH and run by Tom Murry, chief executive of Calvin Klein following the cash and stock deal.

  • UPDATE 2-Barclays hit by fresh U.S. investigations Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    *Barclays also under investigation on past U.S. power prices. LONDON, Oct 31- Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity on Wednesday and said its profit was hit by charges for mis-selling insurance.

  • *HSI up 1 pct, climbs 3.8 pct this month. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares posted a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • *Germany to sell 2 bln euros of 2044 bonds. *France to sell 7.5 bln euros of paper. LONDON, Oct 31- German government bonds slipped on Wednesday before longer-dated auctions from Germany and France as traders braced to absorb the supply, though they expected Bunds to rally later on month-end position adjustment.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's largest fertiliser maker, is in talks with Israel's government about merging with its smaller rival Israel Chemicals, ICL's parent company said. Conglomerate Israel Corp owns 52.3 percent of ICL.

  • Macerich 3Q results improve Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- The Macerich Co. said conditions improved during the third quarter with better revenue from rent and higher occupancy rates at malls. The real estate investment trust said Wednesday that funds from operations, totaled $145.1 million, or 33 cents per share.

  • T-Mobile boss threatens to quit Austria - paper Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 31- T-Mobile Austria could slash investment or even withdraw from the country if it is not allowed to compete with rivals that get frequencies needed for fourth-generation LTE mobile products, CEO Andreas Bierwirth told a newspaper. The Deutsche Telekom unit is Austria's second-biggest mobile provider after Telekom Austria.

  • PVH Corp to buy Warnaco Group for $2.9 bln Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    Oct 31- PVH Corp, which owns and markets Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, said it has agreed to buy clothing company The Warnaco Group Inc for about $2.9 billion in cash and stock. PVH is offering Warnaco shareholders $51.75 in cash and 0.1822 of a share of PVH common stock for each Warnaco share.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said it would slash its dividend and focus on cutting debt after slowing demand from China and sluggish European markets drove it to a third-quarter loss.

  • European shares rise fuelled by Lufthansa earnings Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 31- European stocks rose on Wednesday, helped by bullish earnings from the likes of airline Lufthansa, ahead of the reopening of the U.S. stock market later in the session. Trading volume, however, was the second lowest daily volume of the year as many investors stayed on the sidelines while Wall Street remained shut.

  • Huawei security chief says embracing its hacker critics Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:17 AM ET

    NEW DELHI/ HONG KONG, Oct 31- Under-fire Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is reaching out to one of its sternest critics: a hacker who accused it of making shoddy products.

  • *Net income forecast Y765 bln loss vs prior Y50 bln profit. *To write off Y238 bln goodwill, Y356 bln restructuring.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares closed out a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • UPDATE 1-Barclays hit by fresh U.S. investigations Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    *Barclays also under investigation on past U.S. power prices. LONDON, Oct 31- Beleaguered UK bank Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into its financial probity and said third quarter profits fell by a fifth due to charges for the mis-selling of insurance.

  • UPDATE 1-Strong refining margins boost Total Q3 Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 8:01 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 31- French oil company Total reported a 20 percent rise in third-quarter net adjusted profit to 3.348 billion euros on Wednesday, beating analysts' expectations thanks to a sharp increase in refining margins.

  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operations.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- London copper climbed for a second session on Wednesday, pushing further away from two-month lows as risk appetite picked up, but the industrial metal is heading for its weakest month since May as demand growth from top consumer China slows.

  • JGBs slip ahead of 10-year sale, disappointment with BOJ Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 7:38 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese government bonds slipped on Wednesday, reflecting continued disappointment over the Bank of Japan's easing measures and on positioning ahead of Thursday's 10- year sale. The Ministry of Finance will offer 2.3 trillion yen worth of 10- year notes on Thursday.

  • OSAKA, Japan, Oct 31- The European Central Bank must be mindful of the risks posed by assets held on its balance sheet, a senior member of the central bank said on Wednesday, as a plan to buy government debt could expose the central bank to financial losses.