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  • TOKYO, Feb 6- North Korea has brought forward a time frame for the launch of a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite, to begin on Sunday, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday. North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25.

  • *Tom Ford also to sell collection on same day as Sept show. LONDON/ PARIS, Feb 5- Design houses Burberry and Tom Ford on Friday announced new strategies that will allow them to close the gap between the runway and retail in order to get clothing and accessories more quickly to customers in different climates around the world. Major luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel,...

  • Whatever lifts off from North Korea's western coast space center this month, one thing is certain— since rockets and missiles inevitably have overlapping technologies, it will run afoul of U.N. resolutions that have been in place for years to bar North Korea from testing any technology that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missiles.

  • SEOUL, Feb 5- Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in favour of cheaper homegrown brands, as young, independent travellers make up a bigger share of tourists. South Korea trails only Thailand as an overseas destination for Chinese travellers, whose heavy retail spending has helped make South...

  • Local market leader Hanssem Co Ltd, with sales of more than $1 billion in 2014, saw a 31 percent increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2015 and a doubling in its share price for the year as it opened 27 of its larger stores in 2014 and 2015. Shinsegae Co Ltd's Jaju chain opened 10 stores in 2015, bringing its total to 149.. Swedish giant IKEA, whose single...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Europe started lower, with Britain's FTSE 100 down 1.2 percent to 5,985.97. Germany's DAX fell 1 percent to 9,656.78 while France's CAC 40 slipped 1.4 percent to 4,331.20. Benchmark U.S. oil was down 56 cents to $31.06 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Europe stocks lower as weak China data weighs Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 1:00 AM ET

    Japanese stocks, however, extended gains following the Bank of Japan's decision last week to introduce a negative interest rate policy to boost lending and spur growth. KEEPING SCORE: Europe got off to a weak start with Britain's FTSE 100 down 0.4 percent to 6,059.68. THE QUOTE: "There are precious few indicators that point to a recovery within China and this...

  • Asia stocks uneven as China data, Japan policy weighed Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 10:54 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Chinese stocks fell Monday after a weak manufacturing report while Japan extended gains following its central bank's introduction of a negative interest rate policy to boost lending by banks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.8 percent to 17,833.53 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,918.22. THE QUOTE: Investors will...

  • *Exports to China in Jan worst since May 2009. SEOUL, Feb 1- South Korean exports in January suffered their biggest slump in more than six years as sales to the key China market collapsed, pointing to another wrenching year for Asia's export-reliant economies and more stimulus from regional policymakers. Shipments to China, South Korea's largest market, tumbled...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. *Iran oil exports set to rise in January, February. The oil market rallied for four straight sessions this week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries renewed calls for rival producers to cut supply alongside its members that triggered a volley of comments from Russia on a deal with...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. NEW YORK, Jan 29- Oil prices trimmed early gains in volatile trade on Friday after news that Iran had dashed the possibility of participating in a possible deal between OPEC and other producing countries to trim output. But oil retraced early gains, with both contracts briefly turning negative, after the Wall...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. NEW YORK, Jan 29- Oil prices retraced early gains in volatile trade, and U.S. crude turned negative on Friday after news Iran would not participate in a possible deal between OPEC and other producing countries to trim output. Russia, a major non- OPEC producer, this week said it could cooperate with the...

  • Brent was down 4 cents to $33.85 a barrel by 1102 GMT on Friday, after gaining 79 cents, or 2.4 percent, on Thursday. U.S. crude was up 7 cents to $33.29 a barrel, having settled up 92 cents, or 2.9 percent, at $33.22 on Thursday. That appeared to pour cold water on possible joint OPEC and non- OPEC production cuts mentioned by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on...

  • UPDATE 6-Oil gains on production cut prospects Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 5:45 AM ET

    *Iran oil exports set to rise over 20 pct in Jan, Feb. U.S. crude climbed 26 cents to $33.48 a barrel, having settled up 92 cents, or 2.9 percent, at $33.22 on Thursday. Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday Russian output could decline as a result of lower investment, but the state would not intervene to balance the market.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— A court said Friday that exposure to carcinogens at a Samsung chip factory caused a worker's ovarian cancer in the first ruling in South Korea to link the disease with chemicals that chip workers were exposed to. The Seoul Administrative Court said it saw a "significant causal relationship" between the disease and even a low level of toxic...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Tokyo stocks finished nearly 3 percent higher on Friday while the yen dived after after the country's central bank introduced a negative rate interest policy to boost the economy after previous stimulus efforts produced indifferent results. Other Asian markets were higher after China's top economy official said there is no basis for the...

  • *Thailand's Central Group seen as frontrunner. SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Jan 29- French retail group Casino's sale of its Thai and Vietnam units has drawn the eye of Singapore's Dairy Farm International Holdings and South Korea's Lotte Shopping but they'll need punchy bids to go up against deep-pocketed Thai tycoons, bankers said. Central Group, Thailand's biggest...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Crude oil prices rose on Thursday to their highest in three weeks on hopes for a pact among oil producers to cut output, while the dollar slipped on bets that interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve would be more gradual than it has suggested. The rebound in the oil market lifted share prices on Wall Street and other stock markets in another...

  • Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries cut production by up to 5 percent, which for non- OPEC member Russia- the world's top producer- would represent around 500,000 barrels per day. Prices, however, pared most gains amid growing doubts over the deal to cut...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Oil prices were about 3 percent higher on Thursday after the Russian energy minister said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries trim output, which would be the first global deal in over a decade to help clear a glut that has depressed prices for over a year and a half. Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy...