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  • *Spain seeks influential post to gain influence in EU. RIGA, April 25- Spain will make a bid to EU leaders in the coming weeks to take over as chair of euro zone finance ministers' meetings, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Saturday, seeking a post that shapes key policies in the single currency bloc. The post, long sought by Madrid to balance what Spain...

  • BERLIN, April 25- The head of Germany's Bundesbank said on Saturday he had misgivings about granting emergency funding to Greece as the liquidity situation at the country's banks has not improved. Jens Weidmann was speaking at a press event with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Riga.

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said.

  • AND CANADA STORES OPEN SATURDAY- COMPANY.

  • Kotzias said Greece and its euro zone partners need to compromise on creating political policies that will foster growth and allow the country to pay its debts. Asked if he is simply asking the rest of Europe to trust Greece, he said: "No. "Do they want to support us to have growth... or do they decide to have Greece struggle, to punish Greece and to create an example of what...

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen, or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said that it was aware that a number of stores in the United States and Canada were experiencing outages at their payment systems on Friday night. A number of social media users also reported that the computers in the stores of the Seattle- based company were down. On Thursday, the company said sales at shops open at least 13 months were up 7...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging. Ross Cohen, chief operating officer of BeenVerified.com, which makes a caller ID app for the watch, said he only realized on Friday that the watch goes on and...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp experienced a widespread systems outage in its stores in United States and Canada on Friday night, causing a number of them to give away free drinks, CNBC reported. Some store managers were handing out free drinks since they could not accept payment while other stores were closed entirely, the report said. A number of social media users...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 24- Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move that could revive labor tensions at the nation's busiest cargo hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute. Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various terminal yards, rail yards...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 7 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SINGAPORE- Monetary Authority of Singapore releases its macroeconomic review- 0400 GMT. SEOUL- Bank of Korea will release minutes from its April policy rate meeting- 0700 GMT. BUCHAREST- National bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu to attend financial seminar.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Barclays Plc failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the British bank of defrauding shareholders about a private "dark pool" trading platform even as it was publicly pledging to clean up its corporate culture. The share price slid 7.4 percent last June 26 after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused Barclays...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The notion that one man trading from his parents' house in a working class London suburb had a material role in the 2010 Wall Street flash crash has aroused increasing skepticism from investors and traders since charges were brought on Tuesday. The U.S. has asked UK authorities to hand over Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, after his arrest this week...

  • FRANKFURT, April 24- Deutsche Bank will cut back investment banking, sell its Postbank retail chain via a public share offering and reduce costs, the group said late on Friday, in a restructuring plan designed to boost profits. Germany's largest bank is under pressure to revive its performance as new regulations, legal headaches and weak markets eat into returns...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Barclays Plc failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the British bank of defrauding shareholders about a private "dark pool" trading platform even as it was publicly pledging to clean up its corporate culture. The share price slid 7.4 percent last June 26 after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused Barclays...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Friday they would press ahead with legislation to keep the bank alive despite efforts to shut it down. "The perspective on the other side is not' reform Export Import Bank,' it is' kill it,"' said Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas, whose support for Ex-Im has made him a target for conservatives...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.- Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12- nation Pacific trade pact. A deal between Japan and the United States is vital to clinching a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, as their economies...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Comcast Corp's failed bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc is the latest muscle flex by U.S. antitrust enforcers and will likely deter chief executives from pursuing aggressive transactions as a way to spend excess cash. Comcast, which had barely convinced regulators to allow it to buy NBC Universal four years ago, folded under pressure from the...

  • April 24- BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters. "At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. The company's Toronto- listed stock closed little changed at C $12.62 on Friday.

  • ATHENS, April 24- Greece's parliament on Friday approved a decree forcing state entities to lend cash to the near-bankrupt state, defying protests by municipalities and labor unions. Just weeks away from running out of cash, Athens has been tapping into the cash reserves of public sector entities through so-called repo transactions to cover its needs.