*Venerable British firm under threat from nimbler rivals. LONDON, March 4- Shoppers usually blame dowdy clothes and tired stores for the painful decline of Britain's former retail powerhouse Marks& Spencer. "There's a killing to be made if they can serve older women better," said Patsy Perry, a lecturer in fashion marketing at the University of Manchester.» Read More
TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese government bonds mostly rose on Tuesday, but pulled back from early highs after the Bank of Japan announced further easing steps as expected. The BOJ said it will increase its asset purchase scheme by 11 trillion yen, including 1 trillion yen in risk assets such as Exchange-traded funds.
*Storm forced two-thirds of U.S. East Coast refineries to shut. SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Brent crude slipped to near $109 a barrel on Tuesday as Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, shut East Coast refineries, roads and airports, reducing crude and fuel demand in the world's largest oil consumer.
*Honda extends losses after Monday's profit warning. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei average fell 1 percent to a two-week closing low on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy by increasing the size of its asset buying and lending programme by $138 billion, largely as expected.
Oct 30- Hurricane Sandy has knocked out power to more than 6.8 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast. The following power holding companies have utility units that reported outages on Tuesday.
*Exelon Corp declares alert at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear plant on storm surge. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety.
DUBAI, Oct 30- Dubai port operator DP World, which recently disposed of stakes in some non-core assets, reported a slight decline in its consolidated terminal volumes for the third quarter. This was because the Asia-Pacific and Indian subcontinent region and the Europe, Middle East and Africa region reported lower volumes.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan inches up 0.1 pct. TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian shares rose modestly but momentum was curbed by a giant, powerful storm that will keep U.S. markets shut, while the dollar slid to an intraday low against the yen after the Bank of Japan unveiled further easing steps.
*StanChart shares up a touch in weak Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered Plc said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, keeping it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.
TOKYO, Oct 30- The Bank of Japan eased monetary policy on Tuesday for the second straight month by increasing asset purchases, as slumping exports and factory output heighten pressure for bolder action to support an economy on the cusp of recession.
TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1 percent to a two-week closing low on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy by increasing the size of its asset buying and lending programme by 11 trillion yen, largely as expected.
TOKYO, Oct 30- The Bank of Japan expanded its asset purchases by 11 trillion yen on Tuesday, easing monetary policy for the second straight month amid heightened pressure for bolder action to fight deflation and support an economy on the cusp of recession.
MUMBAI, Oct 30- India's central bank left interest rates on hold on Tuesday but cut the cash reserve ratio for banks, defying pressure from the government to lower rates for the first time since April but also indicating it may soon ease policy further.
Crucial negotiations between the International Monetary Fund and Egypt on a $4.8 billion loan program begin on Tuesday and a top IMF official said an agreement must address the nation's gaping budget deficit without constraining economic growth.
*StanChart shares down 1.1 pct in Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, putting it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.
*China c.bank weakens yuan midpoint. SHANGHAI, Oct 30- China's yuan weakened slightly in morning trade on Tuesday, and traders said it may have reached a natural balance after last week's rush for the currency. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint at 6.3028 per dollar, weaker that Monday's fix of 6.2992.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Hong Kong shares weakened in morning trading on Tuesday, with local developers slipping further into the red in the wake of curbs on real estate purchases in the territory announced last Friday.
*Exelon Corp declares alert at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear plant on storm surge.
Under the plan outlined late on Monday, all trading in NYSE- listed securities would be executed on the Arca exchange, NYSE said in a notice issued to traders. ``We stress that, as of now, there has been no damage to the NYSE Euronext headquarters that would impair trading floor operations,'' NYSE said in the notice.
SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Gold edged down on Tuesday, heading for its biggest monthly loss since May, after disappointing corporate earnings prompted investors to sell holdings to cover losses in other markets, which have been hurt This week's focus will be Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls report, which could shed light on the nascent labour market recovery and influence an increasingly tight election between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused Standard Chartered said its operating profit so far this year rose by a mid-single digit rate, dented by a settlement paid to New York regulators who had threatened the bank's licence in the state over allegations it hid transactions with Iran.