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  • In its latest forecast, the International Monetary Fund says that the global economy is weakening and will grow more slowly in the next year. The euro fell to $1.2878 in afternoon trading from $1.2967 late Monday. The dollar rose to 0.9395 Swiss franc from 0.9330 Swiss franc and to 97.84 Canadian cents from 97.66 Canadian cents.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of RadioShack Corp. jumped nearly 9 percent Tuesday after a Wall Street analyst boosted her rating for the electronics retailer's stock to "Buy," saying that most of the risks surrounding the shares have already been factored into their price.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A reduction in natural gas exports from Iran would not have a significant impact on world energy markets, but could affect Turkey and part of Azerbaijan, according to a U.S. report due to be released on Tuesday.

  • CINCINNATI, Oct 9- Procter& Gamble Co's CEO stood behind the company's plan for increasing profit and sales at a drama-free annual meeting notable for the absence of William Ackman, the activist investor who has pushed hard for change in recent months at the world's largest maker of household products.

  • SKILLMAN, N.J.-- Matrixx Initiatives boosted its offer for Cold-EEZE maker ProPhase Labs to approximately $23.7 million. ProPhase Labs Inc. currently has about 14.8 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet.

  • ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Wolverine Worldwide Inc. and two private investment firms said Tuesday that they have completed their roughly $2 billion acquisition of the Collective Brands Inc., which owns the Payless ShoeSource retail chain and the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds shoe brands.

  • U.S. ports are expected to handle 1.45 million 20- foot Equivalent Units in October, up 9.9 percent from the year-earlier period, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

  • DETROIT-- General Motors has picked its top Washington lobbyist to lead the Cadillac brand worldwide. The company named Robert Ferguson on Tuesday to the new position of vice president of global Cadillac. Ferguson's lobbying duties will be assumed by Vice President of Communications Selim Bingol, who also will keep his current post in Detroit.

  • November crude was up $2.90 at $92.23 a barrel at 12:20 p.m. EDT, having swung from $89.29 to $92.42.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc., which had lost 60 percent of their value in the last four weeks, recovered some lost ground Tuesday after a Jefferies& Co. analyst upgraded the stock. Amin raised his rating to "Buy" from "Hold" and increased his price target to $28 per share from $24.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's tests started this month in northern Virginia and Philadelphia. Wal-Mart plans to test the service in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., later this month or in early November.

  • Oct 9- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. The deal, which complements similar ones with Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands Group Inc and Caribou Coffee Co, comes as Green Mountain is working to fend off competition from lower-cost rivals, including private-label manufacturers.

  • Oct 9- General Motors Co has created the new position of global brand chief for Cadillac as the U.S. automaker looks to broaden global demand for the luxury line of vehicles.

  • *Recalls classic wood highchairs due to fall Hazard. *U.S. cpsc- recalls about 86,000 units in the United States and 3,400 units. *U.S. cpsc- Graco received 58 reports of high chairs' seats loosening or.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The European Commission has delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment makers also under scrutiny in the United States, easing tensions between the European Union and its second-biggest trading partner.

  • Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

  • *Sources say UK, France propose broad state voting cap. *Germany said to maintain demand for parity with France. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 9- France and Britain made a breakthrough over state shares in a merger between EADS and BAE Systems, making an extension of a deadline for negotiations more likely but putting the two nations on a collision course with Germany.

  • *NATO seeks ways to make scarce funds go further. *NATO chief calls for rises in defence spending post-austerity. BRUSSELS, Oct 9- NATO ministers wrestled on Tuesday with how to prevent austerity-driven defence cuts in many member countries from undermining the power of the 63- year-old Western alliance.

  • *Growth, Greece worries stoke safety bids for bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday in advance of a three-year debt sale as safe-haven bids for bonds emerged on anxiety about weak global growth and Greece's ability to meet the terms of a bailout.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 9- Sotheby's sold HK $2 billion worth of Asian and Chinese artwork and luxury goods in its autumn sales in Hong Kong on Tuesday, a 37 percent decline from the same period last year as the market consolidates on a weaker China economy. The tally was also some 18 percent less than the $316 million Sotheby's sold in its Hong Kong spring sales.