The country's largest fertilizer company, Mosaic, said weak demand from China and India have hurt its profits. Mosaic, Dupont and stocks of other companies in the materials industry fell. Dupont led the Dow lower, sinking 86 cents to $49.50.
Global economic growth has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro strengthened against the dollar a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.
LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's mobile operators have put aside their hostilities and agreed to accelerate the roll-out of super fast broadband to prevent Britain from falling further behind in the race for connectivity.
Benchmark oil dropped 59 cents to end at $91.89 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 62 cents to $111.57 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.
*Albania angry with CEZ unit for not importing power. CEZ Shperndarje holds a monopoly on power distribution to 1.1 million homes in Albania and is bound by law to use imports to make up for any power losses- from technical faults or theft- in its grid in the hydro-dependant Balkan nation.
MILAN, Oct 2- Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is taking direct control of his sales business in Britain to improve efficiency in the retail sector, which has become a revenue-spinner for luxury makers amid economic turmoil.
By Chris Reese and Ana Nicolaci da Costa ADVISORY- Reuters plans to discontinue its daily report on the money markets in New York as of Oct. 15. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 2- The U.S. Treasury sold $40 billion of four-week bills at a high rate of 0.1 percent, up from 0.055 percent in a similar sale last week and the highest since a four-week bill auction on Sept. 5.
Reinsurers sold $3.8 billion of protection through the credit default swap market last year, down sharply from a peak of $20.3 billion in 2003, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors said in a report.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Firms responsible for the 2008 financial crisis will face more government lawsuits, federal and state officials said on Tuesday, a day after New York state sued JPMorgan Chase& Co for fraud over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by Bear Stearns.
*Brazil's Somar: flowering bodes well for 2013 coffee crop. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 2- Arabica coffee futures soared nearly 4 percent to a 10- week high on Tuesday, on heavy short-covering prompted by concerns of dry weather in top grower Brazil, while raw sugar extended the previous session's steep gains.
BERLIN-- Germany's government appears to be putting the brakes on any request by Spain for help from its European partners in managing its debts, wary that its lawmakers might balk at having to vote on yet another bailout for a struggling eurozone nation.
--Group 1 Automotive Inc.' s credit measures, in our opinion, have the potential for continued modest improvement in the year ahead. --We are revising our' BB' rating outlook on Group 1 to positive from stable. Rating Action On Oct. 2, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services revised its rating outlook on Houston- based automotive retailer Group 1 Automotive Inc..
*Spain seen requesting bailout, but uncertainty weighs. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday on expectations that a request by Spain for a bailout is imminent, but major stock markets fell on uncertainty of when Madrid will make its request and growing uneasiness over third-quarter earnings.
Benchmark oil slipped 19 cents to $92.20 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 36 cents to $111.83 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.
LONDON, Oct 2- Mobile operators in Britain will be able to roll out 4 G services to the vast majority of the country in the first half of next year, or six months earlier than previously estimated, the government said on Tuesday. A statement from Culture Secretary Maria Miller after a meeting with mobile operators said the move was aimed at spurring growth.
LONDON, Oct 2- Somalia, hoping to share in East Africa's oil and gas boom, has invited back international oil companies that held exploration licences before civil war broke out two decades ago, an adviser to the government said.
Oct 2- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' AA' Insurer Financial Strength ratings of Factory Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates. The Rating Outlook is Stable.
By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon. MANCHESTER, England, Oct 2- Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband cast himself as a humble man of the people on Tuesday in a confident speech, seeking to win over doubters and portray Prime Minister David Cameron as the product of a snobby education who has hurt the economy.
Mosaic, Dupont and stocks of other companies in the materials industry fell. Dupont led the Dow lower, sinking $1.02 to $49.34. Spain needs to ask for money from Europe's bailout fund before the European Central Bank can start buying its government bonds.
LONDON, Oct 2- Carlyle is set pay itself a 260 million pound dividend from UK roadside rescue business RAC, in a move that could encourage other private equity firms to follow suit after buyout deals dropped to the lowest since 2009..