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  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- Walmart Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly U.S. comparable sales on Thursday and raised its earnings outlook for the year as a strong economy boosted customer store visits and more grocery offerings helped e-commerce purchases. The stock rose nearly 1 percent to $102.48. The retailer suffered a setback in India on Tuesday when the...

  • Nov 15- AutoNation Inc will offer a used-car subscription service from auto leasing startup Fair through AutoNation's network of more than 300 U.S. dealers, starting later this month in California, the companies said on Thursday. The service, described as an alternative to traditional ownership and leasing, is similar to new-vehicle subscriptions offered by...

  • Nov 15- Dell Technologies on Thursday raised its offer to buy back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMWare to $120 per share from its previous offer of $109, still way short of the $300 price suggested by activist investor Carl Icahn. The computer maker in July offered to pay $21.7 billion in cash and stock to buy back shares tied to its interest in...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 15- Walmart Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly U.S. comparable sales on Thursday and raised its earnings outlook for the year as a strong economy boosted customer store visits and more grocery offerings helped e-commerce purchases. Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 3.4 percent in the third quarter, excluding fuel price...

  • LONDON, Nov 15- Chinese copper smelter Jiangxi Copper and miner Antofagasta have agreed 2019 copper treatment and refining charges at $80.80 a tonne and 8.08 cents a pound, three sources familiar with the matter said. The charges agreed between Jiangxi and Antofagasta are down from the 2018 benchmark of $82.25 a tonne and 8.225 cents a pound.

  • The day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 23, has been regarded as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season although deals and promotions are being unveiled earlier every year. Joseph Adetayo, 71, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland joked about the crush of shoppers who have historically flooded stores in search of bargains.

  • Nov 15- Detour Gold Corp said on Thursday it agreed to name two of investor Paulson& Co's nominees to its board as it looks to end a proxy fight with the hedge fund that had called for a complete overhaul of the board. Billionaire John Paulson, the hedge fund's manager, said the company had failed to recruit and oversee a management team capable of operating its main...

  • *Watchdog looks at suspected boycott of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay. *Targets include Swiss units of Credit Suisse, UBS. ZURICH, Nov 15- Switzerland's competition watchdog has raided the offices of financial companies, including Credit Suisse and UBS, to investigate a suspected boycott of mobile payment solutions such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

  • BEIJING, Nov 15- PetroChina will merge its wholesale natural gas sales unit with retail provider Kunlun Energy to shore up profits though the move worries independent gas sellers that fear the combination will create a monopoly. PetroChina announced the restructuring internally last week to merge PetroChina Natural Gas Sales Company, the country's...

  • *Countries that do not train workers risk losing employers. ZURICH, Nov 15- Companies should set up portable accounts to pay for life-long learning to help workers upgrade their skills and remain employable as robots take over more jobs, Adecco Group Chief Executive Alain Dehaze said. The 55- year-old Belgian who has led Switzerland- based Adecco Group since...

  • MIAMI, Nov 15- Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Jim Hackett told Reuters the automaker is open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG is a "delicate dance." However, Hackett said expanding collaboration to other areas, such as electric vehicles or...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 15- During a recent visit to my dentist, we got talking about his frustrations with Medicare. Here is what he meant: traditional Medicare does not cover most dental care. Many seniors simply pay for dental care out of pocket- the average out-of-pocket expense among Medicare enrollees who needed dental care in 2016 was $607, according to the Agency for...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 15- French asset manager Natixis Investment Managers plans to set up a presence in China, preferably through an acquisition, as part of its strategy to double its Asia Pacific assets by 2020, a top executive said. "Considering Natixis is a global asset manager we have to be in China," Fabrice Chemouny, the fund manager's Asia Pacific Chief Executive...

  • LONDON, Nov 15- Britain will buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets, defence minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement on Thursday. The deal will mean Britain owns 35 of the stealth fighter jets by the end of 2022.. Britain has said that over the life of the programme, it will buy 138 aircraft, which are made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin, and on which UK company BAE Systems is...

  • LONDON, Nov 15- Britain will buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets, defense minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement on Thursday. The deal will mean Britain owns 35 of the stealth fighter jets by the end of 2022.. Britain has said that over the life of the program, it will buy 138 aircraft, which are made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin, and on which UK company BAE Systems is...

  • LONDON, Nov 15- Britain will buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets, defence minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement on Thursday. The deal will mean Britain owns 35 of the stealth fighter jets by the end of 2022.. Britain has said that over the life of the programme, it will buy 138 aircraft, which are made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin, and on which UK company BAES Systems...

  • LONDON, Nov 15- Britain will buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets, defense minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement on Thursday. The deal will mean Britain owns 35 of the stealth fighter jets by the end of 2022.. Britain has said that over the life of the program, it will buy 138 aircraft, which are made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin, and on which UK company BAES Systems is...

  • *Positive headlines in Italy support BTPs. LONDON, Nov 15- Top-rated German government bond yields tumbled to over two-week lows on Thursday after British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned, thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May's government into turmoil after she clinched a Brexit deal. "The reason we have a risk-off mood in the euro zone is driven by the UK,"...

  • *Subsidiary Xiamen Airlines to remain in SkyTeam. *Oneworld member American Airlines owns China Southern stake. SHANGHAI/ SINGAPORE, Nov 15- China Southern Airlines said it will leave the SkyTeam airline alliance on Jan. 1 next year to meet the needs of the company's own development strategy.

  • *Asia rose overnight on U.S.- China trade hopes. Asia had cheered news that China and the United States were back in contact about their bitter trade dispute and oil was holding steady again having snapped out of a record losing streak. London's Brexit minister Dominic Raab quit in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May's deal for leaving the European Union.