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  • The outlook excludes costs related to the company's $6.3 billion acquisition of smaller rival Office Depot Inc, which is being examined by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The anti-trust watchdog is widely expected to approve the deal, which would leave the United States with a single specialty office-supplies retailer to compete with big-box chains such...

  • Foot Locker beats Street 4Q forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK _ Foot Locker Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $146 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. Foot Locker shares have increased 1.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Chimerix reports 4Q loss Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.C. _ Chimerix Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $20.2 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 51 cents per share. Chimerix shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • European shares at 7-year highs ahead of U.S. jobs Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    *Thomas Cook up 19 pct after China's Fosun buys stake. PARIS, March 6- European shares rose on Friday, extending a rally which has propelled regional indexes to seven-year highs, with Thomas Cook jumping after a Chinese investor bought a stake in the travel group. China's Fosun International, which recently took over France's Club Mediterranee, acquired a 5...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- LightSquared gained momentum this week in its effort to end its three-year bankruptcy after a judge dealt a blow to its main creditor and adversary, Charles Ergen, ahead of a week-long trial on its latest debt restructuring plan. LightSquared, the would-be wireless provider owned by Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund, on...

  • NYC museum gift shop to feature Etsy-created items Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The popular online craft seller Etsy will create a line of original products for the American Museum of Natural History. The items, inspired by the museum's collection, will be sold at the museum's gift shop and online. The museum announced the collaboration on Thursday.

  • UK's FTSE slips off record highs as miners retreat Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:37 AM ET

    *Weir Group jumps on bid speculation. However, Weir Group rose 5.5 percent, with traders citing speculation that it may be subject to a bid after a slump in its share price in recent months. Admiral Markets' Darren Sinden expected the FTSE to hit a new record high of 7,000 points, but added that uncertainty ahead of Britain's general election in May and weakness in the...

  • LISBON, Portugal— Portugal's prime minister gave the taxman extra muscle as part of a crackdown on fraud and evasion after the country needed a 78- billion-euro bailout in 2011. Now, Pedro Passos Coelho is admitting he was one of those who did not always comply with his tax obligations. The center-right government leader said in a statement published Friday by...

  • LONDON, March 6- The dollar hit an 11-1/ 2 year high against the euro on Friday, as interest rate differentials widened in favor of U.S. The dollar index was 0.3 percent higher at 96.727 while the euro slumped to an 11-1/ 2 year low of $1.0963. The euro's drop came as investors braced for the ECB's 1 trillion euro bond buying program which is expected to weaken the euro.

  • BERLIN, March 6- Germany's lower house of parliament passed legislation on Friday requiring major companies to allot 30 percent of seats on non-executive boards to women, as a new survey found females remain grossly under-represented in business life. Although Germany has been led by a woman, Angela Merkel, since 2005, there is not a single female chief...

  • New Home posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. _ The New Home Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. The Aliso Viejo, California- based company said it had profit of 32 cents per share. Keywords: New Home Co., Earnings Report.

  • Vantage meets 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    GRAND CAYMAN, Virgin Islands _ Vantage Drilling Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $12.6 million. The Grand Cayman, Virgin Islands- based company said it had profit of 4 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 3 cents per share.

  • ATHENS, Greece— The meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers next week is very important for financially stricken Greece, the country's central bank governor said Friday. The meeting, known as the eurogroup, is to be held in Brussels on Monday to discuss how much progress Greece has made since it sent the ministers a list of reforms late last month to win a...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US trade gap Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for January. GAP NARROWS: The expectation is that the trade deficit fell to $42 billion in January, according to the consensus tracked by the Bank of America. The politically sensitive deficit with China set another record last year, surging 23.9 percent to $342.6 billion.

  • Big Lots beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:24 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Big Lots Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $94.4 million. Big Lots expects full-year earnings to be $2.75 to $2.90 per share. Big Lots shares have increased 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Staples quarterly sales fall 3.7 percent Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:19 AM ET

    March 6- Office supply retailer Staples Inc reported a 3.7 percent fall in quarterly sales, hurt by a strong dollar and weak demand for computers and related accessories. Staples posted a net loss attributable to the company of $260.4 million, or 41 cents per share, including a pre-tax charge of $410 million for the impairment of goodwill in its international...

  • Staples, the nation's largest big box office supply chain, announced last month that it would spend about $6 billion to buy rival Office Depot Inc. It closed 169 stores in North America last year and plans to close a total of 225 locations by the end of 2015 as it ties up with Office Depot. Staples said Friday that the current quarter included $410 million in...

  • LONDON— Britain's National Crime Agency says a suspected hacker has been arrested in connection with a cyber attack on the U.S. Department of Defense. The agency said Friday the 23- year-old man arrested in western England is suspected of offenses linked to data stolen from a messaging service used by DoD employees. The agency says contact information for...

  • BEIJING, March 6- China will reduce coal consumption and boost energy efficiency as part of efforts to lessen air pollution, according to an action plan released by the government on Friday. The coal-dominated energy mix in China has been identified as a major cause of the hazardous smog that frequently shrouds cities such as Beijing and Shanghai as well as a...

  • LONDON, March 6- The gender pay gap in the European Union narrowed during the financial crisis, possibly because the jobs of many women are more protected than those of men. Data released by the EU's statistic agency Eurostat ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday also showed the pay gap between men and women tended to be wider in Europe's richest economies,...