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  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said, below economists' expectations for a rise to 370,000..

  • Oct 4- Social media company Facebook Inc said on Thursday it reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month, and is up by 45 million users since June. Facebook has faced a rough debut since its May initial public offering.

  • BELLPORT, N.Y.-- Perfumania Holdings Inc. said Thursday that revenue in stores open at least a year fell 3.9 percent in September. Total revenue fell 2 percent to $22.3 million last month. Perfumania has 344 perfume stores in the U.S.

  • *Macy's, Target sales miss analysts' forecasts. Retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, Victoria's Secret operator Limited Brands Inc and teen chain Zumiez Inc posted bigger-than-expected gains in September sales at stores open at least a year. Target Corp and Macy's Inc posted same-store sales increases that missed analysts' expectations.

  • Oct 4- American Spectrum Realty Inc:. *Announces the acquisition of two Florida self-storage facilities. *The two property portfolio consists of over 100,000 sf with a combined total.

  • NEW YORK-- Analysts on Thursday voiced concerns that Hewlett-Packard's ongoing efforts to restructure its operations might not be enough to turn around the struggling computer company any time soon.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action. **NUVASIVE INC, Wednesday close $22.62, down 29.3 pct premarket. **INFORMATICA CORP, Wednesday close $33.63, down 19.7 pct premarket.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Brent and U.S. crude futures extended gains on Thursday in choppy trading as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi held a news conference and after oil briefly pared increases on data showing U.S. jobless claims rose last week. Brent crude was up $1.50 at $109.67 a barrel at 8:47 a.m. EDT, having traded from $108.02 to $110.13.

  • ATLANTA-- Haverty Furniture Cos. said Thursday that its revenue grew 11 percent in the third quarter as sales increased at established shops. Revenue rose to $172.7 million from $155.4 million a year ago. At locations open at least a year, revenue rose 10 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Kohl's Corp:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. IAN LYNGEN, SENIOR GOVERNMENT BOND STRATEGIST AT CRT CAPITAL GROUP IN STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Limited Brands Inc:.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke. More than $4 million has flowed to Washington and close to a million in Colorado.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stock index futures added to gains after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said growth risks are on the downside and should be contained by effective policymaker action.

  • She's known for her earnest review of an Olive Garden restaurant in North Dakota that went viral on the Internet. Six decades after they worked together at the University of South Dakota's student newspaper, Al Neuharth, 88, and Marilyn Hagerty, 86, are reuniting.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Treasuries prices trimmed losses on Thursday after the U.S. Labor Department reported a small rise in new jobless claims in the latest week. After the report, the 10- year Treasury note was down 8/ 32, slightly less than it was down before the report; its yield stood at 1.64 percent.

  • TORONTO, Oct 4- The Canadian dollar held gains against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday following the release of data showing that jobless claims in the United States rose less than expected.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week, according government data on Thursday that suggested a mild improvement in the labor market. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOHN CANALLY, ECONOMIST, LPL FINANCIAL, BOSTON.

  • Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid.. Three cases have been reported in Virginia, two in Maryland, two in Florida and one in North Carolina. Two of the deaths were in Tennessee, and Virginia and Maryland had one each, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • She graced dinner parties and theaters from Paris to New York in ribbons, full skirts and loose peasant blouses embroidered with vividly colored flowers, and her uni-brow was a bold contrast to the pencil-line eyebrows of the time.