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  • "Switzerland can't stay unscathed by the global economic slowdown," said Sarasin currency strategist Ursina Kubli. " We think Switzerland will be spared a recession but the risks remain. " "A technical recession in Switzerland is being confirmed, I'd say we're shaping up for three negative quarters rather than two," said Julius Baer chief economist Janwillem Acket.

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- The outlook for Swiss industry darkened further in September, highlighting the risk of a recession due to sluggish growth in the euro zone and the United States and reinforcing the need for the central bank's cap on the strong franc. "Switzerland can't stay unscathed by the global economic slowdown," said Sarasin currency strategist Ursina Kubli. "

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- The outlook for Swiss industry darkened further in September, dragged down by sluggish economies in the euro zone and the United States that central bank actions have so far failed to revive. The index is compiled by the Swiss SVME purchasing managers' association and Credit Suisse, and a reading below 50 signals a contraction.

  • It is an enormous contrast to the KOF indicators, which is going in the other direction, but we tend to have more trust in the PMI indicator as Switzerland can't stay unscathed by the global economic slowdown. We think Switzerland will be spared a recession but the risks remain. "

  • A technical recession in Switzerland is being confirmed, I'd say we're shaping up for three negative quarters rather than two. The euro zone recession is going to be more and more felt in Switzerland.

  • LONDON-- The board of Anglo-Swiss mining company Xstrata PLC said Monday it is recommending shareholders accept merger terms with Swiss commodities trader Glencore PLC _ a deal that would create an industry behemoth with revenues of around $175 billion. Xstrata said in a statement it was supporting the offer of 3.05 Glencore shares for each Xstrata share.

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- The Swiss purchasing managers' index fell to a seasonally adjusted 43.6 points in September from 46.7 points in the previous month, data showed on Monday. ANALYSTS' VIEWS BERND HARTMANN, VP BANK. That Switzerland found itself in a difficult environment was clear but the clear fall in the index is somewhat surprising.

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- The Swiss purchasing managers' index fell to a seasonally adjusted 43.6 points in September from 46.7 points in the previous month, data showed on Monday. The index is compiled by the Swiss SVME purchasing managers' association and Credit Suisse. For more details of the Credit Suisse/ SVME statement Reuters 3000 Xtra users can click on:.

  • ZURICH, Oct. 1- Swiss retail sales rose 5.9 percent in August in real real terms versus the year-earlier month, the Federal Statistics Office said on Monday. Sales were up 0.4 percent compared to the previous month when adjusted for seasonal effects. For recent Swiss National Bank comments...

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Monday the European Commission had approved its Seebri Breezhaler as a once-daily treatment for adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly known as smoker's cough, in the European Union.

  • ZURICH, Oct 1- Swiss stocks were set to open slightly lower on Monday, adding to Friday's losses as concerns mount over Spain's economic crisis and as data signal further evidence of slowing growth in China.

  • *Qua Iboe valued at dated plus $2.30- $2.60. GENEVA, Oct 1- Nigeria's largest crude stream, Qua Iboe, showed signs of stalling on Monday after a flurry of deals last week that boosted differentials to six-month highs.

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