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China data boosts world stocks and commodities, oil jumps

LONDON - World stocks and commodities rise, boosted by upbeat Chinese data, while U.S. oil futures jump to a near six-month high as an escalation in fighting between the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces threatens supply. (GLOBAL-MARKETS/ (WRAPUP 4, PIX), updating throughout the day, by Ritvik Carvalho, 678 words)

Carrefour turns to Fnac Darty again for new finance chief

PARIS - New Carrefour boss Alexandre Bompard has turned to a former colleague from Fnac Darty to be his finance chief as he strives to revive the world's second-biggest retailer. (CARREFOUR-MANAGEMENT/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Dominique Vidalon and Sudip Kar-Gupta, 466 words)

Where's the money? oil traders ask as peak demand looms

LONDON - For major trading houses that ship millions of barrels of oil every day, the prospect of diminishing fuel demand and a shift to renewable power poses a brain-racking challenge with few obvious solutions. (COMMODITIES-SUMMIT/PEAKOIL (GRAPHIC, PIX), moved, by Ron Bousso and Julia Payne, 785 words)

Kobe Steel scandal latest to expose 'Made-in-Japan' fault-lines

TOKYO - Under the once-vaunted "keiretsu" system of close, trust-based ties between manufacturers and suppliers, "Made in Japan" became a byword for industrial quality and reliability. (KOBE STEEL-SCANDAL/QUALITY (ANALYSIS, PIX, UPDATE 1), moved, by Sam Nussey, 695 words)

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Euro falters after biggest weekly rise in month as ECB eyed

LONDON - The euro edges lower after posting its biggest weekly loss in a month, though prices cling to well-worn trading ranges before a central bank meeting next week at which policymakers are set to unveil a plan to roll back stimulus policies. (GLOBAL-FOREX/ (UPDATE 3), updating throughout the day, by Saikat Chatterjee, 383 words)

Oil rises as fighting escalates in Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk

LONDON - Oil markets jump as Iraqi forces enter the oil city of Kirkuk, taking territory from Kurdish fighters and raising concerns over exports from OPEC's second-largest producer. (GLOBAL-OIL/ (UPDATE 6), updating throughout the day, by Libby George, 415 words)

Gold hovers above $1,300, supported by geopolitics

LONDON - A slightly firmer dollar weighs on gold, while tensions over Iran and North Korea and recent weak U.S. economic data lift bullion above the psychological $1,300 level. (GLOBAL-PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 3), updating throughout the day, by Eric Onstad, 374 words)

Unhedged debt stock could supercharge euro rise

LONDON - Euro zone investors who have snapped up over a trillion euros of foreign debt without protecting the foreign exchange risk are rethinking that vulnerability because of the currency's hefty rally this year. (EUROPE-FUNDS/EURO (ANALYSIS, PIX), moved, by Saikat Chatterjee and Dhara Ranasinghe, 766 words)


China cbank chief surprises with gravity-defying 7 pct H2 growth forecast

SHANGHAI/BEIJING - China's central bank governor says the economy could grow by 7 percent in the second half of this year, accelerating from the first six months and defying widespread expectations for a slowdown. (CHINA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 2, PIX), moved, by Brenda Goh and Ryan Woo, 840 words)

As the quartet breaks up, central banking leadership flux looms

WASHINGTON - The leaders of the world's top central banks who risked trillions of dollars and their reputations to rescue the global economy are set to walk off stage at a time when the lingering effects of the crisis, evolving technology and a combustible political landscape will challenge their successors. (IMF-G20/CENTRALBANKS (PIX, REPEAT), by Howard Schneider and Leika Kihara, 1,066 words)

White House pitches corporate tax cut as win for workers

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration says in an analysis that middle-class Americans will see incomes eventually rise more than $4,000 if President Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts are enacted, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich. (USA-TAXES/WHITEHOUSE, moved, by Mike Stone, 368 words)

China Sept producer prices jump most in 6 months in boost for global inflation

BEIJING - China's producer price inflation unexpectedly accelerated to a six-month high in September as a construction boom shows no signs of abating and a government crackdown on air pollution triggers fears of winter shortages and frenzied jumps in commodity prices. (CHINA-ECONOMY/INFLATION (UPDATE 1), moved, 495 words)


Daimler starts reorganisation that could lead to break-up

BERLIN - Daimler has started creating separate legal entities for its Mercedes Benz cars and Daimler Trucks divisions, a move that has fuelled speculation of an eventual break-up of the German automaker. (DAIMLER-RESTRUCTURING/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 234 words)

Fake paperwork, poor parts challenge China's aerospace boom

SHANGHAI - Chinese suppliers to U.S. flight control systems maker Moog sold it poorly made parts, faked paperwork and outsourced work to a factory not approved by the company, according to an internal report by U.S. aviation regulators. (CHINA-AVIATION/WHISTLEBLOWER (INSIGHT, PIX), moved, by Brenda Goh, 1,055 words)

Woodside delays Myanmar gas drilling as early results disappoint - sources

YANGON - Australia's Woodside Petroleum and its partners have deferred gas exploration plans in Myanmar until 2018 after some disappointing drilling results, according to four people familiar with the situation. (WOODSIDE-MYANMAR/GAS (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE), moved, by Shoon Naing and Antoni Slodkowski, 690 words)

UK's Interserve in talks with banks after profit warning

British support services and construction company Interserve Plc says it is in talks with its banks to provide clarity on its current trading after warning on profits last month. (INTERSERVE-LENDERS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 390 words)