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  • MOSCOW, Sept 19- Severstal, one of Russia's largest steelmakers, told Reuters it expects to exceed its 2017 earnings target as it benefits from rising prices for its products. Russian steelmakers such as Severstal and market leader NLMK struggled over the last two years as world steel prices plumbed 11- year lows and Russia's economic crisis sapped domestic...

  • *Pan-European STOXX 600 index ends little changed. MILAN, Sept 19- Dealmaking talk lifted European telecom stocks on Tuesday, helping the unloved sector stand out in an otherwise quiet session, where investors were waiting for the outcome of a Federal Reserve meeting. The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended flat as traders awaited clues from the Fed about plans...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 19- Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the "promotion of terrorism" earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. Britain's interior minister, Amber Rudd, used a visit to Silicon Valley last month to ask Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to step up...

  • *Broker Sasfin cites "well-publicised concerns". JOHANNESBURG, Sept 19- A South African broker and an energy investment firm fired KPMG on Tuesday, two of a number of local firms weighing whether to ditch the auditor to distance themselves from a scandal involving business friends of President Jacob Zuma. Sasfin and Hulisani, both relatively small financial...

  • *British economy growing half its usual rate. LONDON, Sept 19- The Bank of England has chosen an unusual time to announce that British interest rates are likely to rise for the first time in more than 10 years. On top of that, Britain is leaving the European Union in 18 months' time and the ruling Conservative Party is still split over whether to compromise with...

  • Sept 19- A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday sided with the beverage industry, granting a preliminary injunction to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda. A three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs, including the American Beverage Association and the California Retailers Association, were...

  • Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription painkiller and three distributors.

  • Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms on record, hit several islands in the northern Caribbean before barrelling into Florida's Gulf Coast, causing further destruction. Residential flood loss from Hurricane Irma is expected to be between $25- $38 billion, Corelogic said, adding that the figure included storm surge, inland and flash flooding in...

  • Sept 19- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax Inc following a breach that exposed the personal data of as many as 143 million people, including 3 million in the state. Equifax's share price has fallen by about one-third since it disclosed the data breach, which included sensitive data...

  • The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler that combines three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis. The FDA approved sales of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Trelegy Ellipta late Monday. That is $146 a month cheaper than the combined prices of two older GlaxoSmithKline inhalers that together contain...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.3 pct at close. Britain's FTSE 100 ended the session up 0.3 percent at 7,275.25 points after a volatile start to trading as investors hesitated ahead of the Fed's two-day meeting starting later in the day. The FTSE was boosted on Monday by Bank of England governor Mark Carney saying interest rates were likely to rise in the coming months.

  • *Swiss franc hits lowest vs euro since Jan 2015. NEW YORK, Sept 19- The dollar weakened against a basket of currencies on Tuesday in advance of a Federal Reserve meeting where policymakers are expected to decide on the reduction of the central bank's $4.2 trillion worth of bond holdings. At 11:33 a.m., the index that tracks the dollar against six currencies was...

  • "In the last two or three holiday seasons, retailers have been so focused on digital, that perhaps they haven't paid enough attention to their stores," said Carol Spieckerman, president of retail consultancy Spieckerman Retail. "I think brick-and-mortar are throwing down the gauntlet and saying, we are going to have more customer facing employees to try to...

  • TORONTO, Sept 19- Credit scoring company Equifax Inc said on Tuesday that the personal details of around 100,000 Canadians were exposed in the massive breach it disclosed earlier this month. It was the first estimate of Canadian exposure the company has provided since saying on Sept. 7 that Canadian and UK residents were also at risk in the attack, in which...

  • MUMBAI, Sept 19- ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd's initial public offering to raise 57 billion rupees was nearly three times subscribed on the last day of the sale, underscoring investor enthusiasm in India's booming IPO market. The interest in ICICI Lombard augurs well for SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd's 84 billion rupee IPO, potentially the biggest in...

  • Sept 19- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as investors held back from making major bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's debt holdings. Investors do not expect the central bank to increase interest rates as an outcome of the two-day meeting but will closely watch Fed Chair Janet...

  • The NPD Group tracks consumer sales and says Adidas sneaker sales jumped by the more than 50 percent in August 2017 compared with the same month last year. NPD Group analyst Matt Powell calls Adidas' rise to No. 2 in U.S. sneaker sales an achievement he never thought he'd see in his lifetime. NPD Group says Nike reports its brand numbers separately.

  • US 10- YEAR TRESAURY YIELDS RISE TO 2.239 PERCENT, HIGHEST SINCE AUG. 17.

  • *CEO says giant-ship order tailored for Asia- Europe route. PARIS, Sept 19- The global container-shipping sector is in its strongest position in years thanks to sweeping consolidation and stronger economic growth, leaving it well placed to withstand competition from trains on major Asia- Europe routes, France's CMA CGM said. Container lines, which transport...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 19- Hurricane Maria caused "mind boggling damage," ripping off roofs across the small island of Dominica before pushing on toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday as the second top-strength storm to lash the Caribbean this month. The storm plowed through Dominica, a mountainous island nation of 72,000 people in the...