LONDON, May 21- Vodafone will reinvest a $3.2 billion dividend from its healthy U.S. arm to counter weakness in southern Europe that contributed to the largest ever quarterly fall in the group's main revenue measure.» Read More
TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Thursday as investors flocked to companies posting rosy earnings such as brewer Asahi Group Holdings, but profit-taking in financials limited gains and pulled down the broader Topix index.
NEW DELHI, Feb 14- Chicago corn slipped for a tenth straight session on Thursday, its longest losing streak in more than five years, as crop-friendly weather in South America and expectations of higher global supplies dragged down prices.
VIENNA, Feb 14- Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann suggested on Thursday raising the levy on derivative trades once 11 euro zone countries have implemented a new tax on financial transactions.
TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter, failing to escape a mild recession and playing into the hands of a government pushing for more aggressive monetary expansion that's drawn international criticism.
*Sales 92.2 bln Sfr vs 92.2 bln Sfr forecast. *2012 dividend 2.05 Sfr/ shr vs forecasts for 2.09 Sfr. VEVEY, Switzerland, Feb 14- Nestle's said it expected 2013 to be as challenging as 2012 as it reported sales growth picked up in the last three months of 2012 after a disappointing third-quarter for the world's biggest food group.
Discoveries so far of horsemeat in products sold as beef are likely to be the "tip of the iceberg", a British parliamentary report into the scandal said on Thursday.
NEW DELHI, Feb 14- India's headline inflation rate moderated to its lowest level in more than three years in January, helped by a slower rise in fuel and manufactured goods prices, which could give policymakers more leeway to revive a slowing economy.
MELBOURNE, Feb 14- Rio Tinto's new chief flagged he would slash costs, spend capital more carefully and focus on shareholder value after the world's no.3 miner reported a $3 billion loss, its first ever full-year loss.
*Japan's Oct-Dec GDP contracts, building case for more easing. TOKYO, Feb 14- The dollar and euro held their gains against the yen on Thursday after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady as expected, with investors looking ahead to a meeting of Group of 20 nations in the coming days for signals on how long the yen's weak trend might last.
*Ten-year JGB futures fall, end 6 days of gains. TOKYO, Feb 14- Yields on Japanese government bonds edged up on Thursday, tracking higher U.S. yields after a tepid debt sale in the United States, while the Bank of Japan left its monetary policy steady.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Brent crude was steady near $118 per barrel on Thursday after positive euro zone data, although a subdued demand outlook by the International Energy Agency may weigh on prices. April Brent futures, which became the front-month contract on Thursday, added 11 cents to $117.99 per barrel by 0604 GMT.
*Sales 92.2 bln Sfr vs 92.2 bln Sfr forecast. Growth in Asia, Oceania and Africa, which accounted for about one fifth of sales, came in at 8.4 percent. Third-quarter sales in the region took a surprise hit from one-off events such as typhoons in the Philippines, social unrest in Egypt and business disruptions due to sanctions on Iran.
TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Thursday as investors flocked to companies posting rosy earnings, such as brewer Asahi Group Holdings, but gains were modest as many investors trod cautiously before a meeting of G20 finance ministers this weekend.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- A former furniture warehouse in a struggling Rust Belt city has emerged as a national model for innovation after President Barack Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Obama now aims to convince Congress to spend $1 billion to replicate the model nationwide.
*Jewellery buying fell in India, China. LONDON, Feb 14- Global gold demand fell last year for the first time since 2009 as jewellery buying abated in the key Indian and Chinese markets and U.S. and European coin and bar investment dropped, the World Gold Council said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- On his last trip abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Leon Panetta was asked what he thought of "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the intense manhunt and daring raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
CHICAGO, Feb 14- U.S. corn futures slipped for a 10th straight session on Thursday, their longest string of declines since 2007, as crop-friendly weather in South America and expectations of higher global supplies dragged down prices. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 11 a.m. CST, March corn was down 3-1/ 2 cents, 0.5 percent, at $6.92 per bushel.
*Mike Dell agreed to lower price to help Silver Lake deal. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14- Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell, aiming to clinch a $24.4 billion deal to take the No. 3 PC maker private, agreed to value his 16 percent stake in the company at about 2 percent below the price offered to other shareholders, company filings on Thursday showed.
The second oddity is that the clear winner in this global currency war has not been Japan, Switzerland, China or any of the other usual suspects, but a country rarely accused of financial aggression: Britain.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller on Thursday said he was concerned that a proposed merger between bankrupt American Airlines and U.S. Airways Group could hurt consumers by reducing competition and boosting fares. "We will review the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways very closely.