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  • *At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a serious threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling ground coffee in major Canadian stores in November, in a new challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin Donuts. The coffee, priced at C $6.99 for 340 grams, launches as McDonald's steps up its expansion in Canada, after holding back for more than five years. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.

  • Oct 25- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's third-quarter earnings fell 22 percent as a standoff over new contracts led to a sharp drop in shipments to China and India, the world's two biggest consumers of the company's namesake crop nutrient. China accounted for just 12 percent of sales and India 5 percent.

  • That's the best proof, Toyota officials say, that they're achieving their goals at the north Mississippi plant, which marks its first anniversary this week. It could grow to make 200,000 vehicles a year, though Toyota says there are no expansion plans now.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.-- Outdoor clothing maker Columbia Sportswear Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 5 percent, hurt by weakness in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • *Chevy Trax will enter Brazil next year as import-source. SAO PAULO, Oct 25- General Motors Co plans to bring its new Chevrolet Trax to Brazil in an effort to end the dominance its smaller U.S. rival Ford Motor Co has enjoyed in the small sport utility vehicle segment.

  • *McDonald's taking on Tim Hortons in Canada. TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp has stepped up its expansion in Canada again after holding back for more than five years and the fast food chain's Canadian chief sees the potential for a much larger footprint across the country. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.

  • *Landfall anywhere from mid-Atlantic to Canada. Oct 25- As Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the eastern seaboard of the United States, disaster experts and meteorologists warn that the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states face dangerous winds and heavy rains that could trigger flooding in the coming days.

  • WASHINGTON-- All the spare parts appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm," a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week. Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba on Thursday, continues to barrel north.

  • *At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy grew into a major potential threat to the east coast of the United States on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • NEW YORK-- McDonald's will start selling bags of ground coffee at its restaurants in Canada next month, a move that could spread to other regions around the world if successful. John Betts, president of McDonald's Canada, also noted in an interview that McDonald's has a history of taking hit products from specific regions and expanding them globally.

  • Oct 25- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's third-quarter earnings fell 22 percent as a standoff over new contracts led to a sharp drop in shipments to China and India, the world's two biggest consumers of the company's namesake crop nutrient. China accounted for just 12 percent of sales and India 5 percent.

  • Oct 25- Precision Drilling Corp, Canada's largest drilling contractor, reported a 53 percent slide in quarterly profit as gas firms cut drilling in the face of weak demand and sliding gas prices. Natural gas prices in the third quarter fell 29 percent from last year, pushing the number of rigs drilling for gas in the United States to a 13- year low this month.

  • NEW YORK-- In a story Oct. 23 about the boom in U.S. oil production, The Associated Press misidentified the year and amount of peak U.S. oil output. US could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as world's biggest oil producer; output is booming. NEW YORK _ U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- Goldcorp Inc, the No. 2 Canadian gold miner, reported a 48 percent increase in quarterly profit on Thursday, as improved performance at its Red Lake and Penasquito mines led to strong gold and silver sales.

  • *Q3 FF0 $1.99/ share vs Street view $1.92. Oct 25- Simon Property Group Inc reported a 19 percent increase in a key earnings measure Thursday on higher rents and sales at its malls and outlet centers, easily beating estimates, and the real estate investment trust raised its outlook for the year.

  • *Adjusted EPS 54 cents vs avg estimate 46 cents. Oct 25- Goldcorp Inc, the No. 2 Canadian gold miner, reported a 48 percent increase in quarterly profit on Thursday, as improved performance at its Red Lake and Penasquito mines led to strong gold and silver sales.

  • NEW YORK-- The cosmetics company Revlon Inc. reported a loss for the third-quarter as restructuring and litigation charges more than offset the impact of a 3 percent rise in revenue. Revlon, whose brands include Almay, Mitchum and its namesake, said that it lost $15 million, or 29 cents per share in the three-month period ended Sept. 30.

  • Oct 25- Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc said it still expects a $15.1 billion takeover bid by China's CNOOC Ltd to close in the current quarter. Ottawa has promised to release a set of clear guidelines for large foreign investments when it announces its decision on the CNOOC takeover bid around Nov. 11.

  • CALGARY, Alberta-- Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen says it continues to expect the $15.1 billion takeover of the company by Chinese state-owned CNOOC to be completed by the end of the year. It would be China's biggest overseas energy acquisition.