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  • *H1 net profit 39 bln yuan vs 37.7 bln yuan a year-ago. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Aug 24- China's Bank of Communications Co Ltd, the country's No.5 lender by assets, saw its net interest margin steadying after nine quarters of drops and said the gauge for profitability could further improve in the second half of 2017.. BoCom, the first to report six-month results among...

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 24- German prosecutors are investigating Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste and some other senior managers at the furniture retailer in connection with suspected accounting fraud, monthly Manager Magazine reported, citing no sources. Steinhoff's German-listed shares dropped to a record low and were down 7.4 percent to 3.92 euros at 1126 GMT.

  • CARLE PLACE, N.Y. _ 1-800- Flowers.com Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 9 cents per share. 1-800- Flowers.com expects full-year earnings to be 46 cents to 48 cents per share,...

  • BERLIN, Aug 24- Thomas Cook's German leisure airline Condor is interested in taking on a number of planes from insolvent Air Berlin, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. The race is on for interested parties to agree a deal for parts of its business, including planes and crew, which would bring access to take-off and landing slots at airports...

  • Aug 24- U.S. teen apparel retailer Abercrombie& Fitch Co posted a wider net loss in the second quarter as fewer customers visited its namesake stores. Net loss attributable to Abercrombie widened to $15.5 million, or 23 cents per share in the second quarter ended July 29, from $13.1 million, or 19 cents per share, a year earlier. The retailer's net sales fell to $779.3...

  • CHESAPEAKE, Va. _ Dollar Tree Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $233.8 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Dollar Tree said it expects revenue in the range of $5.2 billion to $5.29 billion. Dollar Tree shares have decreased nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed...

  • Aug 24- U.S. stock index futures rose slightly on Thursday, with caution prevailing ahead of the start of the annual gathering of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. *Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi are scheduled to speak on Friday, although the likelihood of new policy messages from either are slim.

  • NEW ALBANY, Ohio _ Abercrombie& Fitch Co. on Thursday reported a loss of $15.5 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 34 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $761.6 million.

  • Aug 24- Dollar Tree Inc, the biggest U.S. dollar-store chain operator, reported a 37.4 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by lower costs and discounts as well as a 1 percent rise in comparable sales at its Family Dollar business. Net income rose to $233.8 million, or 98 cents per share, in the second quarter ended July 29, from $170.2 million, or 72 cents per share, a...

  • LONDON, Aug 24- Oil prices slipped on Thursday, giving up some recent gains as the dollar strengthened ahead of a meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which could signal changes to monetary policy. Benchmark Brent crude was down 20 cents a barrel at $52.37 by 1120 GMT. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on...

  • Aug 24- Tiffany& Co reported bigger-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on Thursday, helped in part by higher demand for its fashion and designer jewelry in Japan and lower input costs. The company, which gets about 15 percent of its revenue from Japan, saw comparable sales rise 3 percent in the region in the quarter. Net income rose to $115 million, or 92 cents...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda _ Signet Jewelers Ltd. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $93.4 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.34 billion.

  • IRVING, Texas _ Michaels Cos. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $35.6 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 16 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.06 billion.

  • LONDON, Aug 24- European cities from Amsterdam to Zagreb have lined up sweetheart deals including free rents, landmark buildings and tailor-made relocation services in a race to house two prestigious EU agencies that will leave London after Brexit. The European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority are both prize spoils from Britain's decision...

  • ORRVILLE, Ohio _ J.M. Smucker Co. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $126.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.61 per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.82 billion.

  • CANTON, Mass. _ Destination XL Group Inc. on Thursday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $3.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Canton, Massachusetts- based company said it had a loss of 8 cents per share. Destination XL expects full-year results to range from a loss of 21 cents per share to a loss of 14 cents per share, with...

  • ST PAUL, Minn. _ Patterson Cos. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $30.8 million. Patterson Cos. expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.40 per share. Patterson Cos. shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 9 percent.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 24- Bezeq Israel Telecom reported a 5 percent decline in quarterly net profit as revenue from fixed-line telephone services continued to decline. Israel's largest telecoms group said on Thursday it earned 358 million shekels in the second quarter. Its controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch, CEO Stella Handler and a number of other officials...

  • *Draghi to avoid policy discussion at Jackson Hole. LONDON, Aug 24- German bond yields were pinned near eight-week lows on Thursday, with demand for the top-rated debt supported by President Donald Trump's threat to shut down government and expectations for a cautious message from a meeting of central bankers. Congress will only have days to approve spending...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 24- Pulled over for a sobriety test in Northern California in 2014, James Greer took a step back from police officers. Yet video of his encounter with the Hayward Police Department and Bay Area Rapid Transit Police showed that after Greer stepped back from police, officers swarmed him. The remainder came from BART, said Fulvio Cajina, the Greer family...