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  • LONDON, Oct 25- Global shares and commodity markets rose on Thursday, pulled out of their recent slide by encouraging data from Britain and China and the U.S.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. *Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Oct 25- Copper edged up on Thursday, snapping four sessions of losses, supported by the U.S. Federal Reserve's renewed commitment to keep stimulating economic growth and by improving manufacturing data from top metals consumers China and the United States.

  • *Coming Up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims at 1230 GMT. LONDON, Oct 25- Brent crude oil rose above $108 per barrel on Thursday, consolidating after seven days of falls as better-than-expected data suggested the world economy was recovering, but analysts said the overall outlook for oil prices was bearish.

  • *Strong demand for cleaning, hair and skin products in China. LONDON, Oct 25- Unilever's quarterly sales growth beat forecasts as demand for cleaning and personal care products in China helped the consumer goods group outshine larger rival Nestle.

  • Royal Dutch Shell plc, Europe's largest oil company, is expanding its substantial presence in the North Sea with a $525 million purchase of stakes in oil fields there from Hess Corp.. The fields are operated by a separate company, Apache Corp.. Hess, which is based in New York, has sold off $2.4 billion worth of assets this year.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Britain rebounded strongly from recession in the third quarter, posting its strongest quarterly GDP growth in five years, boosted at least in part by robust Olympics spending, official data showed on Thursday. But it was still much better than expected and may mean Britain's full 2012 economy will not be in the red.

  • NEW YORK-- Zynga Inc.' s battered stock got a boost in premarket trading Thursday after the social gaming company's third-quarter results may have given some investors hope that it will be able to revive growth. Zynga's shares rose 31 cents, or 15 percent, to $2.44 before the stock market opened.

  • LONDON-- Carmaker Ford announced Thursday it will cut 1,500 jobs in Britain, closing a plant and eliminating a stamping and tooling facility, as it warned that losses in Europe will exceed $1.5 billion this year. Ford Motor Co., which on Wednesday announced the closure of another plant in Brussels, is struggling in Europe, as are many major carmakers.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Ford will announce on Thursday that it is closing its van factory at Southampton, ending more than a century of vehicle production by the company in Britain, trade unionists and a source close to the U.S. car maker said.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- German government bonds slipped on Thursday, pulled down by falls in UK gilts on signs of economic recovery and in U.S. Euro zone bond markets were still mostly at an impasse however, limiting moves, as they waited for a signal on when Spain may ask for financial aid-- a requirement if the European Central Bank is to buy its bonds.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.

  • *Q3 sales fall 19 pct to $6.68 bln vs consensus $6.75 bln. Core EPS $1.51 vs consensus $1.44; full-year outlook held. LONDON, Oct 25- AstraZeneca's sales slumped by a bigger-than-expected 19 percent in the third quarter, underscoring the challenges confronting the drugmaker's new chief executive, Pascal Soriot.

  • *China factory outlook boosts miners. *WPP, Daimler fall after earnings updates. LONDON, Oct 25- European stocks edged higher on Thursday led by miners after China said factory output was set to accelerate, but profit warnings hit WPP and Daimler.

  • The irony for journalists is that Mogadishu, on the whole, is far safer than it was when the Islamist extremists, al-Shabab, controlled most of the city from 2007-2011. African Union troops forced al-Shabab out in August 2011, leading to less violence and a general revival of business, the arts and sports.

  • LONDON-- A union representing Ford workers says the company will cut 1,500 jobs in Britain, closing a transit van plant in Southampton and eliminating a stamping and tooling facility in east London.

  • FRANKFURT, German-- Another drop in lending to companies in the 17- country eurozone showed the economic downturn is deepening, as a brighter mood on financial markets fails to catch on with businesses.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- WPP, the world's largest advertising group, has cut its revenue outlook for the second time in as many months after a sharp slowdown in September in North America and Continental Europe hit its third quarter.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- Miner Anglo American reported increased volumes in five of its seven key commodities while bracing for the full impact of South African strikes on platinum and iron ore output.