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Business New Zealand

  • Oct 29- Visitor arrivals in Hong Kong in September rose 18.8 percent from a year earlier to about 3.79 million, data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board showed on Monday.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand says it will offer residency to all the military translators it employs in Afghanistan. Defense minister Jonathan Coleman on Friday announced New Zealand will offer resettlement packages to 23 Afghan interpreters and their immediate families, a total of about 73 people.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is launching a fund on the New Zealand and Australian stock markets worth at least 500 million New Zealand dollars. Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden says the listing will provide the cooperative with capital security while preserving 100 percent farmer control and ownership.

  • *Rebound in UK growth helps push sterling higher. SYDNEY, Oct 26- The yen languished at four-month lows versus the dollar on Friday, on track for a second week of losses as markets geared up for the Bank of Japan to ease policy next week, while a rebound in UK growth helped shore up sterling. The dollar rose to 80.38 yen, bringing into view the June peak of 80.63.

  • BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.-- TriMas Corp., which makes packaging materials, aerospace components and other engineered parts, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 2 percent, bolstered by acquisitions in Brazil and New Zealand.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- The dollar hit a four-month high against the yen on Thursday as expectations of more monetary easing from the Bank of Japan kept the Japanese currency under broad pressure. The euro also rose against the yen, helped by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's robust defence of his bond-buying plan before German lawmakers.

  • BANGKOK-- World stock markets mostly rose Thursday as investors kept their sights on a possible improvement in China's economy. Britain's FTSE rose 0.5 percent to 5,836.92. Wall Street appeared headed for a day of gains, with Dow Jones industrial futures rising 0.4 percent to 13,078 and S&P 500 futures adding 0.6 percent to 1,413.20.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 25- The dollar edged higher versus the yen on Thursday as the yen stayed under pressure on expectations for more Bank of Japan monetary easing, while a less-dovish-than-expected New Zealand central bank gave the kiwi dollar a boost.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 25- The dollar drifted off a two-week peak against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after the Federal Reserve stuck to its stimulus progamme, while a less-dovish-than-expected New Zealand central bank gave the kiwi dollar a boost. As a result, the euro climb off a near two-week low of $1.2921 to $1.2970.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- A former New Zealand coal mine boss pleaded not guilty Thursday to 12 labor law violations involving the underground explosion nearly two years ago that killed 29 miners.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- The dollar held gains against the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve delivered no surprises at its policy meeting, sticking to its stimulus plan to boost a still sluggish U.S. economy and keeping rates low for some time.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- Nearly two years after an explosion at a New Zealand coal mine killed 29 miners, the mine's boss has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of violating labor laws. Peter Whittall entered the pleas on Thursday in a New Zealand court.

  • HONOLULU-- Hawaiian Airlines on Tuesday said its consolidated adjusted net income jumped 78 percent in the third quarter to $45.5 million as the company continued expanding flights to Asia and the U.S. mainland.

  • WELLINGTON, Fla.-- B/E Aerospace Inc., which makes products for aircraft cabins, said Tuesday that third-quarter income fell 72 percent on acquisition and debt-prepayment costs. The company raised its forecast for full-year earnings, excluding debt-prepayment costs, to $2.82 per share from $2.65 per share.

  • PURCHASE, N.Y.-- PepsiCo Inc. will sell Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. a 51 percent stake in its Vietnam beverage business, with the two companies combining resources to expand in the growing market. Both Suntory and PepsiCo executives will help manage the business, which will serve as the bottler for both companies in Vietnam.

  • Australian Bonds Still in Demand

    Laura Fitzsimmons, VP, Futures & Options, JPMorgan Investment Bank says that there is still offshore demand for AAA-rated Australian bonds.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- Chinese home appliance giant Haier Group on Thursday announced it is poised to complete a takeover bid for the small but well-regarded New Zealand manufacturer Fisher& Paykel Appliances after sweetening an earlier offer. The move will allow Haier to gain a valued brand as well as technology pioneered by the New Zealand company.

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- The New Zealand stock market has suspended trading in shares of Fisher& Paykel Appliances pending an announcement. The home appliance company has been the target of a $704 million takeover bid by Chinese home appliance giant Haier Group, which already owns 20 percent of the company.

  • "Companies are going out of the box," observes Ted Carmon, spirits buyer for the BevMo! Bill Newlands, president of Beam Inc., which bought Pinnacle Vodka earlier this year, sees the intensely flavored Whipped as playing into a trend of consumers "whether it's an alcohol beverage or anything else, looking for more flavor reward."

  • HONG KONG-- World stock markets were lifted Tuesday by better data on the U.S. economy and a report showing improving investor confidence in Germany. In early European trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 7,308.01 and France's CAC 40 gained 0.5 percent to 3,426.48.