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  • CHESAPEAKE, Va. _ Dollar Tree Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $200.5 million. For the current quarter ending in August, Dollar Tree said it expects revenue in the range of $5.18 billion to $5.28 billion. Dollar Tree shares have increased 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly...

  • JUNCTION CITY, Kan.— A Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of precooked sausage products that might contain metal. The Food Safety and Inspection Service says the recall includes more than 8,000 cases of 16.6 ounce packages of "Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar Breakfast sausage, Naturally Hardwood Smoked." The products were distributed in Kansas,...

  • NEW ALBANY, Ohio _ Abercrombie& Fitch Co. on Thursday reported a loss of $61.7 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 72 cents per share. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $653.3 million.

  • DHAKA, May 25- Bangladesh will speed up plans to import rice to build reserves and rein in local prices after flash floods hit domestic output, government officials said on Thursday. As part of that, a Bangladeshi delegation is now in Vietnam to finalise imports of the staple grain in a government-to-government deal, said a procurement official, declining to be...

  • May 25- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed policymakers expected the economy to pick up momentum and that they would raise interest rates soon. *Federal funds futures imply traders see an 83 percent chance of a rate hike in June, unchanged from before the minutes, according to the CME...

  • LAUREL, Miss. _ Sanderson Farms Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $66.9 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.75 per share. Sanderson Farms shares have risen 27 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HILLIARD, Ohio _ Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $18.6 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. Advanced Drainage expects full-year revenue in the range of $1.27 billion to $1.33 billion. Advanced Drainage shares have increased almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda _ Signet Jewelers Ltd. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $78.5 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.66 per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.49 billion.

  • May 25- Ford Motor Co, which earlier this week named turnaround expert James Hackett as its chief executive officer, will announce replacements for some of its key executive positions as early as Thursday, the Financial Times reported, citing sources. The No.2 U.S. automaker will name Steven Armstrong as the new head of Europe, Middle East and Africa and Peter...

  • The minimally invasive therapies business, which the company acquired as part of its $42.9 billion Covidien deal, generated sales of $2.61 billion, a 6 percent rise from a year earlier. Net income attributable to Medtronic rose to $1.16 billion, or 84 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended April 28, from $1.10 billion, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • *Graphic on UK house price forecasts: http://reut.rs/2qSknUI. "What governments have failed to do is to tackle capacity in the housebuilding industry and the planning sector," said Anthony Lee, joint head of residential consulting at BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. Housing is a hot-button political topic in Britain, which holds a national election on June 8 that...

  • REUTERS POLL- UK HOUSE PRICES TO RISE 2.1 PCT IN 2017; 2.0 PCT IN 2018, 2019.

  • REUTERS POLL- LONDON HOUSE PRICES TO HOLD STEADY IN 2017, 2018; RISE 1.9 PCT IN 2019.

  • REUTERS POLL- UK GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENCOURAGE HOME BUILDING, LOOSEN PLANNING CONTROLS TO REFORM HOUSING MARKET- ANALYSTS.

  • WEST FARGO, N.D. _ Titan Machinery Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $5.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 13 cents per share. Titan Machinery shares have risen 7.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, May 25- Best Buy Co Inc, the No. 1 U.S. electronics retailer, reported on Thursday an unexpected rise in quarterly comparable sales, helped by demand for gaming and mobile products. Richfield, Minnesota- based Best Buy said sales at stores open for more than a year rose 1.6 percent, handily beating the average analysts' estimate of a 1.5 percent decline,...

  • ST PAUL, Minn. _ Patterson Cos. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $61.7 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. Patterson Cos. expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.40 per share.

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— A western New York- based defense and aerospace contractor plans to expand its two Buffalo- area facilities and add 200 jobs. Andrew Cuomo's visit to Buffalo on Wednesday. The plans call for expanding Moog's Aircraft Group facility located at company headquarters in the Erie County town of Elma, just east of Buffalo.

  • LONDON, May 25- Global regulators will soon finalize a suite of rules to ensure banks hold enough capital to withstand rocky markets without taxpayer aid, one of their top officials said on Thursday. President Donald Trump's call to ease regulation on banks in a bid to boost lending to the economy, and threats by the European Union to stop the new rules if they...

  • LONDON, May 25- Global regulators will soon finalise a suite of rules to ensure banks hold enough capital to withstand rocky markets without taxpayer aid, one of their top officials said on Thursday. President Donald Trump's call to ease regulation on banks in a bid to boost lending to the economy, and threats by the European Union to stop the new rules if they...