BENGHAZI, Libya, March 27- Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened. A Tripoli official said the internationally recognised government and the rival administration, which have...» Read More
LONDON, Oct 25- The dollar hit a four-month high against the yen on Thursday on expectations of monetary stimulus measures in Japan.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. says its third-quarter profit fell 44 percent on charges for a loss on early extinguishment of debt. The owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, reported net income of $657 million, or 32 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 30.
TOKYO, Oct 25- Benchmark Japanese government bonds fell slightly on Thursday, underpinned by growing expectations for more easing at the Bank of Japan's meeting next week but also pressured as those expectations weakened the yen and lifted stocks.
BEIJING, Oct 25- Wal-Mart Stores Inc has given global suppliers five years to comply with its environmental rules or risk being pushed off U.S. shelves at the world's largest retailer, expanding a sustainability campaign launched in 2009..
CINCINNATI-- Procter& Gamble says its first quarter net income fell 7 percent, as costs related to a restructuring and the stronger dollar weighed on results. Procter& Gamble is in the midst of a plan to cut costs and focus on its most profitable markets and categories. P&G says net income fell to $2.81 billion, or 96 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.
CANTON, Mass.-- Dunkin' Brands nearly quadrupled its net income during the third quarter as the company trimmed expenses enough to offset slowing sales growth at its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins stores. Dunkin' earned $29.5 million for the three months ended Sept. 29, compared with $7.4 million a year ago.
LONDON, Oct 25- European shares fell on Thursday as third-quarter results from the likes of WPP and UPM-Kymmene highlighted worries over the outlook for global growth and earnings and helped keep equities in a tight range.
*Makes landfall southwest of Santiago de Cuba. *Storm to cross Cuba in several hours, headed to Bahamas. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 110 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.
German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports. Procter& Gamble, for example, led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after the giant consumer products company reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- China shares slipped on Thursday, dragged lower by the growth-sensitive banking and energy sectors as investors took profits on recent outperformers. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings ended down 0.7 percent at 2,291.2, its lowest close since Oct. 8.
PARIS, Oct 25- France Telecom has slashed its dividend for this year and next, it said on Thursday, as it tackles tougher than expected competition in its key home market from a new low-cost mobile rival and a weaker economic outlook.
NEW YORK-- The Energy Department is expected to report on Thursday that the nation's natural gas supplies grew by 63 billion to 67 billion cubic feet in the week ended Oct. 19, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.
*Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.
BEDFORD, N.Y.-- The New York estate where Robert F. Kennedy Jr.' s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, hanged herself has sold. Kennedy tells the Daily News he had no trouble finding a buyer. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he has been living in a different house in New York for many years.
SINGAPORE, Oct 25- Brent futures rose above $108 on Thursday as positive economic data out of the world's top oil consumer, the United States, revived hopes of a recovery in demand growth, although a worsening outlook for Europe capped gains.
BRUSSELS-- The European Parliament has rejected Luxembourg's top central banker to a post at the European Central Bank in protest at the lack of women among the top leadership of the bank.
Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says four firefighters and five workers at the Dallas Group of America Inc. unit were transported to a hospital.
TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's Canon Inc cut its full-year earnings outlook and posted a weaker-than-expected quarterly operating profit, hit by a weak global economy as the euro zone crisis drags on and a drop in Chinese sales as consumers boycott Japanese products.
*KDDI gains in heavy trade in spite of weak earnings. TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's Nikkei average rose to a four-week closing high on Thursday, lifted by exporters as the yen weakened on growing expectations that the Bank of Japan would further ease monetary policy next week.