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  • Oct 10- Barnes& Noble Inc expects its digital Nook and college bookstore businesses to generate combined revenues of $3 billion this year, helped by strong e-books sales growth, and the bookseller said on Wednesday it plans to expand its digital bookstore into nine new international markets by June.

  • Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us all report toys like kids' tablet LeapPad2, robotic pet Furby, and Power Wheels battery-powered cars are all popular layaway items.

  • Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Societe Generale's. The Negative Outlook on SG's Long-term IDR reflects that on France's Long-term IDR. This rating action on SG was taken in conjunction with Fitch's Global Trading and Universal Bank periodic review.

  • NEW YORK-- Annaly Capital Management Inc. said Wednesday that it appointed Wellington Denahan-Norris co-CEO to allow the company's chairman and CEO Michael A.J. Farrell to focus on his treatment for cancer. Annaly also appointed senior executives Kevin G. Keyes and James P. Fortescue as the company's president and chief operating officer, respectively.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pumped the most new money into bond funds in nearly three years as the exodus from stock funds continued amid renewed global economic jitters, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Standard& Poor's on Wednesday cut Spain's sovereign credit rating by two notches to BBB-minus, citing a deepening economic recession that is limiting the government's policy options to arrest the slide. S&P's move brings it in line with Moody's Investors Services, which also has Spain on watch for a downgrade from its Baa3 rating.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. Yum Brands Inc., up $5.28 at $70.99. FedEx Corp., up $4.41 at $89.99.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. crude futures fell on Wednesday, in volatile trading, on concerns about slowing economic growth that also hit Wall Street, after oil prices were lifted early by ongoing tensions in the Middle East. For a complete report on oil futures markets, double click on SETTLE NET PCT LOW HIGH CURRENT DAY AGO CHNG CHNG VOL VOL.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. crude futures held most losses and Brent seesawed after the American Petroleum Institute said crude and gasoline stocks rose last week, while distillate inventories fell. U.S. crude was down 95 cents at $91.44 a barrel in post-settlement trading at 4:43 p.m. EDT, after setting at $91.25.

  • The euro rose to $1.2897 in late trading Wednesday from $1.2880 late Tuesday. The British pound rose to $1.6008 from $1.6004. The dollar fell to 78.19 Japanese yen from 78.22 yen and to 0.9385 Swiss franc from 0.9404 Swiss franc.

  • NEW YORK-- This winter is expected to feel like more winter. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration. That will result in record heating bills, an average of $2,494.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- In an unusual breaking of ranks, Moody's ratings agency called out rival Standard& Poor's on Wednesday, saying its competitor had given an investment-grade rating to a deal that didn't warrant it. It was the first conduit deal that Moody's was not asked to rate since May, 2011, according to Credit Suisse.

  • Those wildly contrasting conclusions were offered to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on Wednesday by the two warring parties in the bitter dispute, the New York Giants and Triple Five Group, the developer that took over the troubled project last year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Royal Gold Inc:. *Shares dipped 1.3 percent after the bell. The company announced a common stock offering.

  • NEW YORK-- The Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it has been awarded a $2 billion contract from the Defense Department to help the Air Force maintain its fleet of 246 C-17 cargo planes. Boeing said that the contract includes ensuring that spare parts are available for the planes as well as maintenance on the aircraft.

  • Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has today affirmed Barclays Bank plc's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' A' with a Stable Outlook and Short-term IDR at' F1'. The agency has also affirmed the ratings of Barclays Bank's parent, Barclays plc.

  • NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street's earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- VOXX International Corp:.