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  • *Net profit up 3 pct to 2.07 bln euros in 2013/ 14. *April sales up 6 pct, hit by Japan. ZURICH, May 15- Cartier owner Richemont posted solid sales growth in April on top of the year to March as all of its regions reported growth except for Japan, where the picture was distorted by a tax hike.

  • SOMA, Turkey, May 15- Four Turkish labor unions called for a national one-day strike on Thursday in protest against the country's worst industrial disaster that killed at least 282 people in a coal mine in western Turkey.

  • Peugeot family says to retain long-term PSA stake-media Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 2:37 AM ET

    PARIS, May 15- The Peugeot family intends to retain a long-term shareholding in the PSA-Peugeot-Citroen group after China's Dongfeng and the French state last month took stakes, Robert Peugeot, head of the FFP family holding company, told business daily Les Echos.

  • DOHA, May 15- Saudi Arabia said that 10 more people infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome had died over the last two days and identified 20 new cases of the virus, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 511..

  • SINGAPORE, May 15- A Goldman Sachs banker who helped the company win Malaysian state fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad deals left the bank last month, two people familiar with the move said.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares inch up, Europe seen lower Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 15- Asian shares recouped early losses on Thursday but held below the previous session's one-month highs, while expectations of credit easing by the European Central Bank knocked yields on U.S. and European bonds.

  • French economy at standstill in first quarter Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    PARIS, May 15- Weak consumer spending and business investment brought the French economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year, with inventory changes and public spending the only factors keeping the euro zone's second-largest economy from contracting.

  • TOKYO, May 15- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday after a stronger yen hurt sentiment, while Sony Corp and Credit Saison Co weighed as foreign investors unloaded the stocks after their earnings disappointed the market.

  • The issue was discovered on Wednesday, the Joint Agency Coordination Center said, just two hours into the drone's first mission since returning to the search area in the Indian Ocean about 1,600 km northwest of the west Australian city of Perth.

  • China's yuan floats near month highs after recent fall Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 1:56 AM ET

    *China to increase support to the export sector. HONG KONG, May 15- China's yuan traded around the highest levels so far this month on Thursday as the currency extended a recent bounce, though analysts expect more gains only if the broader economic picture brightens.

  • LONDON, May 15- Bank of England policymaker Ben Broadbent said on Thursday it was not surprising that Britain's housing market was recovering along with the rest of the economy and he did not see troubling levels of credit growth. "It's clearly something the Bank and the Financial Policy Committee will want to keep an eye on."

  • TOKYO, May 15- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said rising inflation expectations are already nudging companies into raising wages and prices, expressing confidence that the economy is on track to meet the bank's 2 percent price target.

  • ISTANBUL, May 15- Turkey's four worker unions have called for a nationwide, one-day strike on Thursday in protest against the nation's worst industrial disaster that killed at least 282 people in a coal mine in western Turkey.

  • SINGAPORE May 15- Brent crude held steady above $110 a barrel on Thursday, close to its highest in nearly three weeks, as on-going concerns over the crisis in Ukraine outweighed mixed U.S. oil inventory data.

  • Bank of England's Broadbent sees no UK mortgage boom Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    LONDON, May 15- Bank of England policymaker Ben Broadbent said on Thursday it was not surprising that Britain's housing market was recovering along with the rest of the economy and he did not see troubling levels of credit growth. "What really matters is not just house prices per se but whether there is a lot of credit growth on back of that.

  • TOKYO, May 15- Japan's economy clocked its fastest pace of growth in more than two years in the first quarter as consumer spending jumped and business investment turned surprisingly strong in a sign of confidence in the prospects for future growth.

  • The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.- based health information non-profit, said its report covers more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed to children. "But there is a lot that manufacturers can be doing and FDA can be doing, to protect kids." The group said one of the worst offenders is Kellogg Co.' s Honey Smacks, with 56 percent sugar by weight.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 15- Economists within the Federal Reserve are struggling to size up the strength of the U.S. labor market but can't even agree what yardstick to use.

  • Some 200 activists have said they plan to protest at the FCC on Thursday, joining a few hard core critics who have camped outside the agency for a week. Those advocates want the FCC to reclassify Internet providers as utilities, like telephone companies, rather than as the less-regulated information services they are now.

  • *Tencent jumps after strong earnings, share split. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, May 15- China shares fell on Thursday as investors took profit on property and nickel shares, which had produced solid gains this week.