*Asia stocks set for July loss after worst China drop in 6 years. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 31- Asian shares inched higher on Friday but were still set to post a loss for July, led by China's biggest monthly drop in six years. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 2 to 4 points higher, or up 0.06 percent, Germany's DAX to gain 2 to 3 points, or almost flat...» Read More
Nov 1- Printing firm RR Donnelley& Sons Co reported third-quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates, hurt by weak printing volumes, and it lowered its full-year forecast. For the full-year 2012, the company lowered its revenue forecast to $10.1 billion to $10.2 billion from its earlier forecast of $10.4 billion to $10.5 billion.
CAMP HILL, Pa.-- Rite Aid Corp.' s revenue from established stores slid 1.1 percent in October, as cheaper generic drugs pinched pharmacy sales again and countered the drugstore operator's business gains from Superstorm Sandy.
Avon reported a net profit of $31.6 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $2.55 billion, compared with $164.2 million, or 38 cents per share, on revenue of $2.76 billion a year earlier.
NEW YORK-- The nation's crude oil supplies shrank last week, the government said Wednesday. Crude supplies dropped by 2 million barrels, or 0.5 percent, to 373.1 million barrels, which is 9.9 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report Thursday.
Nov 1- BCE Inc, Canada's biggest telecom provider, reported on Thursday lower profit compared with a year earlier, when lower income tax expenses had boosted earnings, but revenue rose. Bell Canada's parent recently delayed the closing of its proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc after Canada's broadcast regulator blocked the C $3 billion deal.
*Jobless claims, rescheduled ADP report on tap. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday as investors looked ahead to data that could give a clue into the strength of the economy a day before the crucial payroll report.
*Parliament approves bill after lengthy delay. *President seen signing it into law quickly. YANGON, Nov 1- Myanmar's parliament approved a foreign investment bill on Thursday and lawmakers expect it to be signed into law quickly by the president since his office had come up with wording that helped end a dispute over certain clauses.
Nov 1- Pfizer Inc reported quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, following the loss of patent protection on its Lipitor cholesterol fighter. That compared with $3.74 billion, or 48 cents per share, in the year-earlier period, when the company recorded a $1.3 billion gain on the sale of its Capsugel business.
NEW YORK, Nov 1- Pentair Ltd reported lower quarterly sales and net profit on Thursday in a report that does not yet include results from the Tyco flow control business, which merged with Pentair last month.
*Protests at Tripoli headquarters over role. TRIPOLI/ BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 1- Libya's National Oil Corporation is reviewing a proposal for a Benghazi branch as officials contend with opposition by NOC staff in Tripoli versus protests and threats of output cuts by workers in the oil-rich east who want more control there.
AMSTERDAM, Nov 1- Dutch Labour member of parliament Jeroen Dijsselbloem looked set to become the country's next finance minister after he was called to a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday.
*Super storm Sandy seen impacting fuel demand on US East Coast. LONDON, Nov 1- European oil futures fell on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained as U.S. markets geared back up after the severe battering to the east coast delivered by Sandy.
NEW YORK-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency says federal funding is being made available to storm-affected residents and business owners in New York City and on Long Island. Assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.
FORT WORTH, Texas-- Tandy Leather Factory Inc. reported Thursday that revenue from its traditional retail stores increased 18 percent in October as it grew in popularity with consumers. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, operates 77 Tandy Leather stores in North America that sell leather, leatherworking tools, buckles, saddle hardware and other items.
RIYADH, Nov 1- At least 22 people were killed when a fuel truck crashed into a flyover in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, triggering an explosion that brought down an industrial building, Saudi state television reported.
*Storm Sandy may cost industry 100,000 vehicle sales. DETROIT, Oct 31- U.S. auto sales are set to rise 11 percent in October, led by Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co which benefited from increased demand for compact cars as gasoline prices remained high across the country.
Nov 1- Health insurer Cigna Corp's quarterly profit more than doubled on growth in premiums and fees from its healthcare business, and the company raised its full-year adjusted earnings outlook for the third time this year.
Nov 1- Auto parts supplier Visteon Corp posted a steep fall in quarterly profit as lower vehicle production hit revenue and it said it plans significant cost cutting. The former Ford subsidiary said it expects to incur restructuring and other costs of about $100 million, beginning in the fourth quarter.
The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 75 people in the United States. Governor lifts state of emergency and authorizes National Guard to continue cleanup support. Governor sends forest rangers to New York City to help with recovery there.
LONDON- Britain threatened on Thursday to veto any deal on the European Union budget that is not good for the British taxpayer, a day after a humiliating defeat in parliament undermined Prime Minister David Cameron's authority.