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  • *Euro hobbled by ECB, poor PMI numbers in Germany, France. LONDON, Dec 14- The euro fell on Friday as the euro zone economy showed more signs it's beginning to sputter, while the dollar made some headway as investors turned nervous about a slowdown in China. The euro was hurt on Thursday when the European Central Bank cut forecasts for economic growth and inflation.

  • LONDON, Dec 14- European shares were sharply lower in early trade on Friday as weak Chinese data renewed worries about the health of the world's second-largest economy and potential damage from Washington's protracted trade spat with Beijing. Germany's DAX, which is particularly sensitive to global trade tensions and the Chinese economy, was the biggest...

  • *BOJ set to keep policy at Dec. 19-20 meeting. TOKYO, Dec 14- Japan's exports growth is expected to have cooled in November, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, suggesting a dimming economic outlook amid easing global demand and a U.S.- China trade dispute. Imports likely grew 11.5 percent last month from a year earlier, resulting in a trade deficit of 600.3 billion yen.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Dec 14- China Development Bank is leading a team to supervise HNA Group's asset disposals as the heavily indebted conglomerate scales back operations to a point that will leave it holding only core assets, people familiar with the situation said. A work group, led by China's largest policy bank CDB as HNA's biggest creditor, moved into HNA...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 14- Hong Kong stocks slid on Friday, as concerns deepened over the health of the world's second largest economy after China posted weak consumer and factory data. **China's November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as domestic demand softened further.

  • *OPEC- led deal to cut supply supports crude prices. LONDON, Dec 14- Oil prices slipped on Friday after China reported slower economic growth, pointing to lower fuel demand in the world's biggest oil importer, although market sentiment was supported by supply cuts agreed last week by major crude producers. "For the time being until the OPEC cuts start kicking in, the...

  • BEIJING, Dec 14- China's November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as the economy lost further momentum, heaping pressure on Beijing to defuse its trade dispute with the United States. The stresses on broad activity have been compounded by a sharp escalation in China's trade row with...

  • TOKYO, Dec 14- SBI Holdings said on Friday it has sold all its allotted shares in SoftBank Group Corp's soon-to-list domestic telco, underscoring strong retail demand for the shares. The telecoms unit, SoftBank Corp, priced its IPO earlier this week at an indicated 1,500 yen per share, and said it would sell an extra 160 million shares to meet the demand, raising...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus on Friday named services boss Philippe Mhun as its next head of programs, succeeding defense and commercial aerospace veteran Didier Evrard, who is scheduled to retire. The move completes a tandem of top-level industrial changes at Europe's largest aerospace group after Airbus last month hired Bosch appliances executive Michael...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus on Friday named services boss Philippe Mhun as its next head of programmes, succeeding defence and commercial aerospace veteran Didier Evrard, who is scheduled to retire. The move completes a tandem of top-level industrial changes at Europe's largest aerospace group after Airbus last month hired Bosch appliances executive Michael...

  • "So it is not falling despite our agreement," Tokarev was quoted as saying in reference to the global oil output deal between OPEC and non- OPEC producers last week.

  • *Nissan claim refers to "unjust enrichment"- court docket. SAO PAULO/ TOKYO, Dec 13- Nissan Motor Co has filed a court claim against Carlos Ghosn's sister that references alleged "unjust enrichment", escalating a battle being waged in Brazilian courts between the car maker and its once-celebrated former chairman. A court docket dated Dec. 11 that was seen by Reuters...

  • *Spot gold remains neutral in $1,240- $1,253 range- technicals. Spot gold was 0.4 percent lower at $1,237.65 per ounce as of 0747 GMT. There is some downward pressure from a stronger dollar, said Vandana Bharti, assistant vice-president of commodity research, SMC Comtrade Ltd..

  • Monogrammed 'Alzer' luggage cases on display at a Louis Vuitton store in Hungary

    French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy revealed on Friday that it will buy hotel group Belmond.

  • *China economic data stokes worries over oil demand outlook. SINGAPORE, Dec 14- Oil prices dipped on Friday amid concerns over slowing economic growth in China and as investors cashed in on gains of over 2 percent from the previous session, although supply cuts agreed last week by major crude producers offered some support. "For the time being until the OPEC cuts...

  • TOKYO, Dec 14- SBI Holdings said on Friday it has sold all its allotted shares in SoftBank Group Corp's soon-to-list domestic telco, underscoring strong retail demand for the shares. One of the lead underwriters for the domestic portion of what is set to be Japan's largest ever IPO, an error with SBI's allocation of shares to investors had led to rumours of...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 14- The Russian rouble weakened in early trade on Friday ahead of a central bank rate-setting meeting and its decision on whether to resume regular foreign currency buying on the market. "In our baseline scenario, we expect the rouble to show limited reaction to the event," analysts at VTB Capital said in a note. The central bank's rate decision is due at...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus on Friday named services boss Philippe Mhun as its next head of programs, succeeding defense and commercial aerospace veteran Didier Evrard who is scheduled to retire. The move completes a tandem of top-level industrial changes at Europe's largest aerospace group after Airbus last month hired Bosch appliances executive Michael...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus on Friday named services boss Philippe Mhun as its next head of programmes, succeeding defense and commercial aerospace veteran Didier Evrard who is scheduled to retire. The move completes a tandem of top-level industrial changes at Europe's largest aerospace group after Airbus last month hired Bosch appliances executive Michael...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 14- Growth in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, will slow in the coming years, the Bundesbank said on Friday, cutting its forecasts in a biannual review after a string of disappointing data in recent months. For years the euro zone's powerhouse, Germany struggled unexpectedly in the second half 2018, suggesting that Europe's growth cycle is now...