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  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Nov 1- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released on Thursday that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares edged up on Thursday, bolstered by gains in major luxury goods stocks such as Richemont and in telecoms company BT, which kept its earnings forecast. Trading volumes, however, were thin due to public holidays in France, Italy, Spain and parts of Germany.

  • *Euro still hobbled by uncertainty over Spain, Greece. Traders said many investors were seeking to buy the dollar on dips, targeting a rise to 83- 84 yen in the coming months as bets grow that the Bank of Japan will have to take additional monetary easing measures to fight off deflation.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Europe's top oil company Royal Dutch Shell is seeing signs of a weak European economy ``all around us,'' the company's finance director Simon Henry said during a third-quarter results conference call on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- World No. 2 oil company Royal Dutch Shell, seen as having some of the best output growth assets in the business, joined its peers in suffering lower production in the third quarter.

  • *China official manufacturing PMI, HSBC final PMI pick up. LONDON, Nov 1- European shares opened higher on Thursday, bolstered by relatively robust earnings reports despite economic weakness, while the euro inched lower as uncertainty over how the euro zone will handle crises in Spain and Greece dragged on.

  • BERLIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. TOKYO- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visits Japan and meets with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. **BAMAKO/ DAKAR- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Mali and Senegal.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares edged up on Thursday, bolstered by a string of upbeat earnings reports from UK companies including heavyweight oil major Royal Dutch Shell. Trading volumes were expected, however, to be thin due to public holidays in France, Italy, Spain and parts of Germany.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- World No. 2 oil company Royal Dutch Shell suffered a 15 percent fall in current cost of supply profits in the third quarter as the impact of lower crude prices, a fall in output and special charges outweighed stronger margins in refining.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- World No. 2 oil company Royal Dutch/Shell suffered a 15 percent fall in current cost of supply profits in the third quarter as the impact of lower crude prices and charges outweighed stronger margins in refining. Shell reported CCS net profit of $6.1 billion, down from $7.2 billion a year ago.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Thursday, in what is expected to be a light session due to public holidays in part of mainland Europe. At 0703 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50 were down 0.3 percent, contracts on Germany's DAX were down 0.1 percent and futures on France's CAC were flat.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Spain's ``bad bank'' will struggle to find buyers for swathes of empty land, unfinished housing projects and doubtful loans left over from a property crash, hindering Madrid's attempts to overcome the wider economic crisis. Spain is setting up the bad bank, known by the acronym SAREB, under a plan to cleanse the banking system of toxic property assets.

  • *PMIs from India, Indonesia, Taiwan improve. TOKYO, Nov 1- Asian shares fell on Thursday but losses were curbed as the region's factory activity surveys mostly improved, with China's official and private sector manufacturing PMIs confirming a recovery in the growth trend even if it lacked punch.

  • FERC says may fine Barclays $470 million. LONDON, Oct 31- Barclays, already rocked by an interest-rate rigging scandal, on Wednesday disclosed new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity and also said its profit was hit by charges for mis-selling insurance.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 1- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • *BG blames Brazil tie-ins, Egypt, North Sea, U.S. for shortfall. *Agrees $1.93 deal with China's CNOOC. LONDON, Oct 31- British oil and gas firm BG Group told investors to expect no output growth in 2013 due to project delays and other factors, prompting a dive in its highly rated share price that wiped out as much as a fifth of its value.

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS- Euro zone finance ministers made progress on Wednesday on ways to keep Greece afloat, Germany said, as talks between Athens and its foreign lenders near conclusion over reforms it must implement to receive fresh emergency loans.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 31- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • *U.S. stocks trade flat as Wall Street reopens after 2- day closure. *Oil settles below $109 a barrel in face of potential supply rupture.

  • *Stocks edge up as Wall Street reopens after two days. LONDON, Oct 31- Gold rose nearly 1 percent to its highest in a week on Wednesday as U.S. stock markets held firm after re-opening following Hurricane Sandy, but gold ended lower for the month, snapping four straight monthly gains.