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  • PLANO, Texas _ BG Staffing Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $1.5 million. BG Staffing shares have fallen nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: BG Staffing, Earnings Report.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 3- Sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis could end up costing Russia 9 percent of its gross domestic product, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization after slumping under pressure from Western financial sanctions and Russian counter-measures. Russia retaliated by banning imports of...

  • OAKLAND, Calif. _ Clorox Co. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $191 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.36 per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.52 billion.

  • NEW YORK— Halliburton received a second request for information from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its $34.6 billion, proposed acquisition of rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes. Halliburton announced it would buy Baker Hughes Inc. in November with oil prices plummeting fast. But Halliburton and Baker Hughes also want to grow larger so...

  • Aug 3- Oil and gas producer Noble Energy Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as higher production helped offset the impact of a slump in crude prices. The company said in May it would acquire Rosetta Resources Inc for about $2 billion to enter the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in Texas. The company reported a net loss of $109 million, or 28...

  • STUDIO CITY, Calif. _ Crown Media Holdings Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $20.1 million. The Studio City, California- based company said it had net income of 6 cents per share. Keywords: Crown Media Holdings, Earnings Report.

  • LOS ANGELES _ Mercury General Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $9.6 million. Mercury General shares have fallen slightly since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Mercury General, Earnings Report.

  • ATHENS, Aug 3- Greece's bruising fight with its international creditors sent economic sentiment to its lowest level in nearly three years in July and knocked manufacturing activity down to record lows. Significantly, Markit's purchasing managers' index showed new orders plummeting. "Manufacturing output collapsed in July as the debt crisis came to a head,"...

  • WASHINGTON— Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items. Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The modest advance followed a revised 0.7 percent rise in...

  • WASHINGTON— US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in June, weakest gain in 4 months; income rises.

  • MILAN, Aug 3- Investment group Exor, which controls carmaker Fiat Chrysler, said on Monday it had signed a deal to buy PartnerRe for $6.9 billion, ending a prolonged battle for the reinsurer against a rival bid from Axis Capital. The agreement marks a U-turn for PartnerRe, which in January had agreed a merger with Axis and repeatedly spurned approaches from Exor,...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia's anti-corruption agency says $700 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission effectively cleared Najib of any criminal wrongdoing. In early July, The Wall Street Journal reported that the...

  • Aug 3- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, cut its profit forecast for the year ending September, citing export market disruptions in its beef business and high cattle costs. The Springdale, Arkansas- based company said on Monday it now expects full-year adjusted earnings of $3.10- $3.20 per share, down from its previous forecast of $3.30- $3.40.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- U.S. consumer spending in June recorded its smallest gain in four months as demand for automobiles softened, suggesting the economy lost some momentum at the end of the second quarter. The Commerce Department said on Monday that consumer spending rose 0.2 percent after a downwardly revised 0.7 percent increase in May. Consumer spending, which...

  • DETROIT, Aug 3- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Monday their U.S. Nissan said U.S. sales rose 7.8 percent. FCA and Nissan are the first major automakers to report U.S.

  • DETROIT— Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July. Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 6 percent over last July, while Nissan's U.S. sales were up 8 percent. Sales of Nissan's new Rogue jumped 51 percent, and Nissan said sales of its trucks and SUVs set a July record.

  • FRANKFURT/ ATHENS, Aug 3- Greece is unlikely to ask for an increase in emergency funding from the European Central Bank for weeks, because its liquidity buffer has risen thanks to cash inflows and central bank help, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. The bank liquidity buffer has grown to about 5 billion euros from 1 billion to 2 billion euros at...

  • GREEK BANKS' LIQUIDITY BUFFER HAS RISEN TO AROUND 5 BLN EUROS, MAY NOT NEED ELA BOOST FROM ECB FOR WEEKS- SOURCE.

  • *Highlights potential of dominant India business. TOKYO, Aug 3- U.S. activist investment fund Third Point LLC has placed a bet on Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp potentially worth almost $1 billion citing the automaker's dominance in India, sending its shares to a lifetime high. Third Point, led by Daniel Loeb, on Friday said Suzuki stock was cheap considering...

  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears Holdings Corp. says a key sales figure fell sharply in the second quarter, particularly dragged down by weakness at its namesake stores. At Sears stores, the metric declined 13.9 percent. Excluding that business, sales at stores open at least a year fell 9.1 percent, with a 5.4 percent decline at Kmart stores and a 12.5 percent drop at...