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  • MOSCOW, April 24- Russian meat producer Cherkizovo plans to increase poultry exports to reap the benefits of a weaker rouble as domestic prices come under pressure from faltering consumption, its chief executive said. Although the rouble has firmed over the past three months, Sergei Mikhailov told Reuters that Cherkizovo should have taken advantage of the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to rebound from a soft patch hit at the start of the year. The Commerce Department said on Friday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a...

  • *Eurogroup urges Greece to speed up reform deal for cash. RIGA, April 24- Euro zone finance ministers delivered a stark warning to Greece on Friday that its leftist government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan, as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy. He also said a remaining 7.2 billion euros in frozen bailout funds would no longer...

  • *Saudi-led coalition continues Yemen bombings. *OPEC surplus nears 10- year high of 2 mln barrels per day. LONDON, April 24- Brent crude was on track to finish the week near 2015 highs on Friday as air strikes in Yemen stoked concerns over the security of Middle East oil shipments.

  • LONDON, April 24- HSBC Holdings said 23.7 percent of investors who voted opposed its remuneration report for 2014, representing a significant backlash against the bank's pay policy.

  • MOSCOW, April 24- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, plans to more than double oil output this year at the Prirazlomnoye field, Russia's sole Arctic offshore oil project, the company said on Friday. Development of Russia's offshore Arctic riches has been hampered by Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukrainian...

  • LONDON, April 24- Deutsche Bank's expected move to sell much of its retail banking business will see it join a growing list of banks choosing to shrink and simplify to survive. HSBC has already sold or shut 77 businesses and could yet dispose of big operations in Brazil or Turkey. Credit Suisse's incoming CEO Tidjane Thiam is expected to slash trading operations...

  • MOSCOW, April 24- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, plans to more than double oil output this year at the Prirazlomnoye field, Russia's sole Arctic offshore oil project, the company said in a statement on Friday.

  • *Mohammed Ali Malek denies being in command of overloaded boat. CATANIA, Italy, April 24- The presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank off Libya with the loss of more than 700 lives appeared before an Italian judge on Friday after prosecutors asked that he be charged with homicide and people-trafficking. "He says he's a migrant like all the others and he paid his...

  • LONDON, April 24- European regulators have recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo, paving the way for it to become the first of a closely watched group of immune system-boosting cancer medicines to go on sale in Europe. It competes with Merck& Co's Keytruda, which is also on the market in the United States but not in Europe. Although Keytruda is...

  • Russia's TMK says Q1 shipments down 3 pct y/y Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:58 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 24- TMK, Russia's largest maker of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, said on Friday it had shipped 995,000 tonnes of steel pipe to consumers in the first quarter of 2015, down 3 percent year-on-year. The decline in shipments is mainly due to the lower operational performance of its American division, the company said in a statement.

  • April 24- Scholastic Corp said it would sell its educational technology and services business to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co for $575 million in cash, as it focuses on its core children's book publishing business. Scholastic, publisher of the "Harry Potter" series in the United States, has also benefited from the popularity of Minecraft Handbook...

  • SHANGHAI April 24- Sweden's Volvo Cars will produce at its Belgian factory a small car based on a common platform and engine technology developed with Chinese parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Volvo's chief said. "We have decided we will be using Ghent for Europe," Samuelsson said, referring to Volvo's factory in Ghent, Belgium. Geely is expected to start...

  • April 24- European health regulators warned on Friday against using Gilead Sciences Inc's and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's hepatitis C medicines along with amiodarone, a drug used to regulate the heartbeat of people with heart rhythm disorders. The European Medicines Agency said there is a risk of severe bradycardia, or heart block, when Gilead's drug Harvoni...

  • April 24- Advertising agency Interpublic Group of Cos Inc's quarterly revenue trumped expectations as higher ad spending by U.S. businesses made up for the strong dollar's impact on international revenue. Interpublic, whose clients include General Motors Co, Johnson& Johnson and L'OrĂ©al, got about 60 percent of revenue from the United States in the first...

  • April 24- Xerox Corp, cut its 2015 profit forecast, blaming a strong dollar, and reported quarterly revenue below Wall Street's expectations, hurt mainly by lower printer sales and higher costs. Shares of Xerox, which got a third of its revenue from outside the United States last year, fell 4.5 percent in premarket trading on Friday. Xerox lowered its 2015 adjusted...

  • ZURICH, April 24- Credit Suisse's departing chief executive said an ambitious expansion drive following the global financial crisis ranked among his mistakes as CEO, addressing shareholders for the last time as head of the Swiss bank. "I have certainly made my share of mistakes, as well," Brady Dougan told the Zurich- based bank's annual general meeting on Friday.

  • *Euro retreats as little breakthrough made on Greece. LONDON, April 24- The euro retreated from a two-week high against the dollar on Friday as lingering hopes that cash-strapped Greece was making progress toward securing fresh funding were dashed. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the chairman of the euro zone finance ministers, said Greece still needs to deliver a list of...

  • April 24- American Airlines Group Inc on Friday reported first-quarter profit above analysts' expectations and declared a $0.10 dividend as cheap fuel continued to help its bottom line. Excluding special items, it earned $1.2 billion, or $1.73 per diluted share, compared to analysts' average estimate of $1.71 per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • April 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. *Amazon shares jumped 10 percent to $429.50 in premarket trading after the e-commerce company's revenue came in above estimates. *Microsoft shares rose 3.3...