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  • BEIJING, April 26- Venezuela's next $200 mln debt payment to Russia is due in the autumn, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday. Venezuela was due to pay Russia more than $100 million in interest at the end of March and Siluanov said that the payment was made on time. "We shall hope that the second payment, due this year, in autumn, will also be made,"...

  • *Inflows come as Japan heads for long holiday, Nikkei rally. LONDON, April 26- Japanese equities sucked in their biggest inflows of cash this week since March 2018 ahead of the Bank of Japan's pledge to keep interest rates at super-low levels for longer- the latest central bank to commit to ultra-loose policy. Global bond funds received inflows of $9.9 billion in...

  • *Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia halt imports. WARSAW/ MOSCOW, April 26- Russia holds talks on Friday with Poland, Belarus and Ukraine about how to solve a problem of polluted Russian oil being pumped through a major pipeline serving Europe and which supplies refineries as far west as Germany. It said representatives from Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus would...

  • AMSTERDAM, April 26- Dutch telecom firm Royal KPN NV said on Friday it would select a Western supplier to build its core 5 G mobile network, making it one of the first European operators to make clear it would not pick China's Huawei for such work. KPN, based in The Hague and the Netherlands' largest telecom firm, said Huawei would supply 5 G radio equipment, which it...

  • *Britain keen to build close China ties as it aims to exit EU. Speaking at a summit in Beijing on China's programme to re-create the old Silk Road joining China with Asia and Europe, Hammond said the BRI must work for everyone for it to turn into a sustainable reality and offered British expertise in project financing. Britain and China will hold the next round of...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct; FTSE 250 down 0.2 pct. April 26- The FTSE 100 slipped on Friday as Glencore dropped after disclosing it was being investigated in the United States by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, while RBS and Just Eat tumbled after quarterly reports and Ferrexpo slumped after its auditor quit amid an accounting probe. The FTSE 100 was 0.3...

  • *Current measures may be seen as insufficient. HELSINKI, April 26- Investors may be doubting the effectiveness of the European Central Bank's monetary policy measures in boosting inflation, ECB rate-setter Olli Rehn said on Friday. Rehn, seen as a potential successor to ECB President Mario Draghi, emphasized the need to continue providing stimulus to the...

  • April 26- Ailing British retailer Debenhams said two proposed company voluntary arrangements could see all its stores remaining open during 2019, with 22 closures planned for next year, putting about 1,200 jobs at risk.

  • *SNB Council president warns against politicised bank. BERN, April 26- The Swiss National Bank must keep its interest rates negative and stand ready to intervene on currency markets to rein in the strong franc, SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan said, dismissing calls for the central bank to restore positive rates quickly. Additionally, the head of the SNB Council, Jean...

  • PARIS, April 26- Renault clung to full-year targets on Friday as declining overseas sales and business with Japanese partner Nissan led to a 4.8 percent first-quarter revenue drop. Renault's revenue fell to 12.527 billion euros for January-March as deliveries declined by 5.6 percent to 908,348 vehicles, hit by its withdrawal from Iran last year.

  • *Higher yielding EM debt steadies after Argentina worries. April 26- Product codes to be added- A RBR RAST YDB Z G J UKI MF Most emerging market stocks slipped on Friday and were on course to end lower for the first time in four weeks, while higher yielding debt among developing countries stabilized following jitters in Argentina overnight. Shares in mainland China,...

  • *Prices up about 40 pct in 2019 on OPEC cuts, U.S. sanctions. LONDON, April 26- Oil prices dipped on Friday on expectations that OPEC will raise output to counter shrinking exports from Iran after sanctions imposed by the United States, where crude stocks have swelled. Prices are still on course though for the longest run of weekly gains in years, as oil markets have...

  • DEBENHAMS SAYS PLANS TO CLOSE UP TO 22 STORES IN 2020; ABOUT 1200 PEOPLE TO BE AFFECTED FROM CLOSURES.

  • DEBENHAMS SAYS SOME OF ITS CREDITORS RECENTLY PROVIDED 200 MLN STG OF FRESH LIQUIDITY, COMMITTED TO EQUITISE 100 MLN STG OF DEBT.

  • *Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh. *Dollar slips from 23- month highs. LONDON, April 26- The dollar retreated from 23- month highs on Friday ahead of keenly awaited U.S. gross domestic product data for the first quarter, while global shares were on track for a fifth weekly gain in a row despite subdued trade.

  • PARIS, April 26- French aero engine maker Safran outpaced revenue growth plans in the first quarter and stuck to its goals for the year despite the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, sending its shares higher on Friday. Safran said its CFM International joint venture with General Electric continues to deliver LEAP engines to Boeing as it catches up on earlier...

  • LONDON, April 26- The pound on Friday was headed for its weakest week in a month, with a stronger dollar and growing concern about stagnant Brexit talks punishing the British currency. Sterling- stuck around $1.29- has struggled this week as lawmakers returned from an Easter recess with little sign of progress in Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to convince...

  • SHANGHAI, April 26- Hong Kong stocks inched higher on Friday, but posted their biggest weekly drop in eight weeks, as investors feared that China may scale back its stimulus measures amid signs of economic stabilisation, while the Sino-U.S. trade conflict also weighed on sentiment. **China's central bank has no intent to tighten or relax monetary policy, a vice...

  • Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,281.69 per ounce, as of 0813 GMT. Asian shares dropped after world stocks were weighed down by data from Germany and Asia, suggesting that the global economy was still under slowdown constraints. "Weak data indicates that the countries may have to undertake monetary easing measures, so that is a boost to gold prices," said Helen Lau,...

  • LONDON, April 26- The world's biggest advertising company WPP suffered a sharp drop in first-quarter underlying sales in North America as the loss of work from clients such as Ford took a toll on its most important market. WPP, being led by company veteran Mark Read following last year's departure of founder Martin Sorrell, said its U.S. performance was...