OTTAWA, Aug 2- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11- week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston- the representative of Queen Elizabeth,...» Read More
LONDON, Oct 25- Copper steadied on Thursday as a commitment by the U.S. Federal reserve to stimulate growth, and encouraging data from the United States as well as from top metals consumer China were offset by a stronger dollar. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange ended at $7,815 a tonne, from a close of $7,817 on Wednesday.
*Stronger than expected UK growth supports risk-on trade. NEW YORK, Oct 25- U.S.
NEW YORK-- Burger King Worldwide Inc. reports its third-quarter results Monday, which should give investors another snapshot on the chain's efforts to refresh its outdated image in the U.S. while expanding overseas. In April, Burger King unveiled its biggest ever menu revamp, along with a star-studded advertising campaign.
LONDON, Oct 25- International oil company BP, weakened and distracted by its troubles in the United States and Russia, is in danger of losing touch with the leaders in an industry where strength and focus yield the richest pickings. ``I can't help thinking they've sort of lost their way.'' Everywhere you look, they're falling behind, `` said a senior executive of one rival this week.
*``Tsunami of filth'' has rocked the BBC. The allegations, which first emerged in an expose on the rival British TV channel ITV, have rocked the BBC, with its chief George Entwistle admitting the broadcaster has been damaged by the scandal.
NORWALK, Conn.-- Emcor Group Inc., a contractor to the electric power industry, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell 3 percent. Emcor said it expected full-year earnings between $2 and $2.10 per share, up from an earlier forecast of $1.80 to $2 per share.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- Global shares retreated and oil prices faltered on Thursday, as encouraging data from Britain and China was overshadowed by uncertainty over the U.S. presidential election and economy.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- United Technologies Corp. said Thursday that it has made a deal to sell the pump and engine control systems units that it got as part of its purchase of Goodrich.
*Bunds slip, data helps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 25- German government bonds slipped on Thursday as a rebound in the British economy spurred demand for riskier assets, but the subsequent rise in Bund yields drew investors back into the market. ',''he said, referring to Spain.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Shares of The Brink's Co. fell Thursday after the armored car company said its third-quarter net income plunged 56 percent, as revenue and operating earnings from its international business sank.
*Trade surplus of $437 million is biggest since March. MEXICO CITY, Oct 25- Mexican imports slowed in September, allowing Latin America's number two economy to post its biggest trade surplus in six months but bolstering fears of slower growth. Cars have been a mainstay of Mexico's recent export gains, with Mexico now the fourth-biggest exporter of cars globally.
IRVINE, Calif.-- The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday opened an investigation into the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant to determine whether ratepayers should bear costs tied to the facility that has been shut down most of the year.
ATHENS, Greece-- A junior partner in Greece's coalition government says it won't vote for labor reforms that are part of a major new austerity package due in parliament next week. The cuts are being demanded by Greece's international creditors as a condition of continued rescue loans.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is seeking information about the practices of three companies he says are engaging in payday lending. The suit says Money Mutual LLC, Selling Source LLC and Partner Weekly LLC are all based from the same address in Las Vegas.
BOCA RATON, Fla.-- ADT Corp., the home monitoring business spun off recently by Tyco International Ltd., said Thursday it has held "constructive" talks with activist shareholder Corvex Management LP. Corvex, founded by Keith Meister, an associate of activist investor Carl Icahn, has taken a 5 percent stake in ADT, which is based in Boca Raton.
*Nebraska, High Plains still suffering, wheat crop threatened. The portion of the United States under ``exceptional'' drought- the most dire classification- held steady at 5.84 percent and was mostly in western Kansas and Nebraska.
WASHINGTON-- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $95 million to settle allegations that the company promoted three drugs for uses that were not medically accepted, the government announced Thursday.
*Ireland in talks with EU/IMF on possible new support. DUBLIN, Oct 25- Ireland is lobbying EU/IMF lenders for additional support to smooth its return to bond markets before its bailout ends next year, its finance minister said on Thursday after Dublin passed its latest bailout review.
CANTON, Ohio-- The Timken Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 27 percent, hurt by an industrywide slowdown in demand in Asia and Europe. The Canton Ohio- based maker of transmissions and bearings cut its full year earnings and revenue outlook because of lower demand.
NEW YORK-- McDonald's will start selling bags of ground coffee at its restaurants in Canada next month, a move that could spread to other regions around the world if successful. John Betts, president of McDonald's Canada, also noted in an interview that McDonald's has a history of taking hit products from specific regions and expanding them globally.