*China imports plunge 20 pct. "Many countries... rely heavily on sales to China so unless this demand picks up in the coming quarters, not only are we going to see below 7 percent growth in the world's second-largest economy, it's going to decline sharply for many of its trade partners as well," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda in London.» Read More
*Mondelez has $36 bln revenues, 100,000 employees. *Mondelez able to pass on commodity prices to consumers. ZURICH, Oct 2- Mondelez International Inc, which ranks as the world's biggest chocolate, candy and biscuit maker after being carved out of Kraft Foods Inc, is optimistic busy consumers will keep driving booming demand for snacks despite the downturn.
By Martinne Geller and Jessica Wohl NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Oct 1- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A handful of sell-side analysts turned out to hear from Walmart workers nearly a year after a similar meeting was held near Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Oct 1- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said chief operations officer Mike Franczak resigned effective immediately, the latest top executive to leave Canada's second-largest railroad.
NEW YORK-- Fifth& Pacific Cos. cut its 2012 earnings guidance Monday, citing weak sales of Juicy Couture products. Fifth& Pacific cut its estimated 2012 EBITDA by $25 million and also forecast a weak third quarter.
PARIS, Oct 1- The French markets watchdog AMF's sanctions committee will examine whether to impose sanctions on luxury company LVMH for its stake-building in rival Hermes in early 2013, the AMF's head told BFM Business radio on Monday. "will be examined by our sanctions committee, I believe, in the first few months of 2013," Gerard Rameix said.
Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.
*Leaks have caused crisis for Vatican. VATICAN CITY, Oct 2- Pope Benedict's former butler is to give evidence for the first time on Tuesday on the second day of his trial for stealing documents he hoped would expose corrupt dealings in the Vatican.
GREENWICH, Conn.-- Shares of Blyth Inc. rose more than 7 percent in after-hours trading Monday after the company said it agreed to defer the final closing of its purchase of ViSalus, in which it already owns a majority stake, until April 2014. Blyth first invested in ViSalus in August 2008, buying a 43.6 percent stake for $13 million.
*Raymond James Starts Heska Corp with outperform, price target $13. For a summary of rating and price target changes on U.S. companies: Reuters Eikon users, click on Reuters 3000 Xtra users, double-click Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
Among the stock activity stories for Monday, Oct. 1, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Healthcare Services Group Inc. rose after a UBS analyst said the company, which provides housekeeping and food services to hospitals and nursing homes, should be able to sustain its strong growth.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee was fired Monday after authorities said three protesters cut through fences and vandalized a building in an unprecedented break-in.
Among the stock activity stories for Monday, Oct. 1, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. rose after an article posted on the website of Barron's magazine predicted that the investment bank's stock could climb at least 25 percent over the next year.
*SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official. *Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform.
*China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
NEW YORK, Oct 1- Steven Cohen's $14 billion hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, has put long-time portfolio manager Michael Steinberg on leave after his name emerged in a sweeping government investigation into insider trading, according to a person familiar with the matter.
--AdvancePierre Foods is refinancing its existing debt and paying a special dividend to its shareholders. Rating Action On Oct. 1, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B' corporate credit rating on Cincinnati, Ohio- based AdvancePierre Foods Inc. The rating outlook is stable.
*MetLife now has until early January for plan. Oct 1- The Federal Reserve has again extended the deadline for MetLife Inc to resubmit capital plans while the insurer works to complete a sale of its bank deposit-taking operations to a unit of General Electric.
BERNANKE DEFENDS POLICIES: Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday defended bold policies adopted at the Federal Reserve's September meeting. The stimulus is needed because economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke told the Economic Club of Indiana.
DALLAS-- The federal government is examining two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in the last three days. On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three passenger seats came loose shortly after takeoff.
NEW YORK, Oct 1- Hedge fund manager Mick McGuire is betting on an eventual housing recovery by owning stakes in an aerospace and defense company, a sugar farming conglomerate and a land developer. While investments in GenCorp, Alexander& Baldwin.