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  • *Pork imports edge up as swine fever spreads in China. BEIJING, Oct 23- Chinese imports of grains such as sorghum plunged in September from the year before, customs data showed on Tuesday, hit by escalating trade tensions with the United States and high prices elsewhere. Imports of sorghum, largely used in China to feed the country's massive livestock herd, fell 76.9...

  • Oct 23- First half revenue at British restaurant and hotel owner Whitbread Plc rose 2.6 percent on the back of an influx of tourists to the UK and a rise in the overall capacity of the company's hotels. Total UK sales growth in the UK at Premier Inn, its hotel business, was 4.8 percent, although like-for-like growth was just 0.2 percent reflecting a weakening of...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Travis Perkins, Britain's largest supplier of building materials, said it expected its full-year performance to be in line with expectations after solid demand from trade buyers offset the pressure in its UK DIY business Wickes. Travis Perkins, which lowered its forecasts when it last updated the market in July, said underlying sales rose by 4.1...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's September diesel and gasoline exports fell sharply from August as robust domestic demand curbed overseas shipments. Gasoline exports were 730,000 tonnes last month, the lowest since the same month a year ago when shipments were 568,000 tonnes, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Tuesday. Exports last month fell...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct 23- Saudi Arabia's killing of a journalist and the ramping up of U.S. sanctions against Iran have added a layer of uncertainty to crude oil markets, creating a dilemma as to whether these events are real price drivers or just temporary noise. The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's September diesel and gasoline exports fell sharply from August as robust domestic demand curbed overseas shipments. Gasoline exports were at the lowest level since September 2017 at 730,000 tonnes while diesel exports fell to 21- month low at 1.03 million tonnes, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Tuesday.

  • *China's imports of scrap metal in September fell to the lowest level this year, down 44.6 percent to 360,000 tonnes, the General Administration of Customs said on Tuesday. *Arrivals of scrap copper in September plunged 38.9 percent to 200,000 tonnes, curbed by the hefty tariffs on imports from the United States. *China September scrap aluminum imports dropped...

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's imports of sorghum in September fell 76.9 percent from the year before to 90,000 tonnes, customs data showed on Tuesday, hit by steep Chinese tariffs on imports of the grain from the United States. Corn imports for the month came to 40,000 tonnes, down 83.4 percent on-year and the lowest volumes since November 2016, the data also showed.

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's exports of alumina surged more than fivefold from August to 165,830 tonnes, according to customs data released on Tuesday, the highest monthly volume so far in a year that has seen unusually high shipments of the aluminum raw material.

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's September diesel and gasoline exports fell sharply from August as robust domestic demand curbed overseas shipments. Gasoline exports were at the lowest level since September 2017 at 730,000 tonnes while diesel exports fell to 21- month low at 1.03 million tonnes, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Tuesday.

  • *IQOS growth in Japan market share stagnates lately. TOKYO, Oct 23- Philip Morris International Inc released cheaper versions of its IQOS "heat not burn" products in Japan on Tuesday as it tries to revive sales and ward off competition from other alternatives to conventional cigarettes. As regular e-cigarettes with nicotine-laced liquid are effectively...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 23- China's yuan steadied slightly on Tuesday, having hit its lowest level in more than 21 months during the previous late night session as broad dollar strength dominated proceedings. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.9338 per dollar, largely matching market forecasts, 102 pips or 0.15 percent weaker...

  • BENGALURU, Oct 23- Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as Asian stocks faltered, weighed down by political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Western powers, uncertainties around Brexit and Italy's budgetary woes. Asian shares fell as earnings season nerves in the United States dented Wall Street and the mix of political and economic concerns dampened...

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is arranging 220 billion yen in financial support for its aircraft unit, which has struggled to deliver its first passenger plane, national broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday. Mitsubishi's regional jet program, Japan's first passenger plane since the 1960 s, has been delayed by several years, with first customer ANA...

  • *New HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge offers little support for Macau shares. SHANGHAI, Oct 23- Stocks in China fell on Tuesday after the country's blue-chip index posted its strongest day in nearly three years on Monday, as investor concerns about the economy and risks posed by shares pledged for loans continued to hamper sentiment. **China's blue-chip CSI300 index was...

  • *Says its business as usual in China, committed to develop biz. HONG KONG, Oct 23- UBS allows all its staff to travel "freely in and out" of China and it is business as usual there, the Swiss bank said, after local authorities last week asked one of its bankers to delay her departure from Beijing to meet with officials. The Singapore- based UBS banker, who is a client...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 23- The Japanese yen, a safe haven in uncertain times, firmed against the dollar on Tuesday, as the euro and sterling suffered due to doubts over Italy's budget spending and over British Prime Minister Theresa May's future with Brexit talks stalled. With just over five months until Britain is scheduled to exit the EU, Brexit talks have hit an impasse,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle, as the testing could be putting them at "inappropriate" risk. Transdev's use of its EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle in the Babcock Ranch...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 23- UBS allows all its staff to travel "freely in and out" of China and it is business as usual there, the Swiss bank said, after authorities there last week asked one of its bankers to delay her departure from Beijing to meet with local officials. That move by the Chinese authorities led to UBS asking its wealth management staff to reconsider their travel...

  • Oct 23- Chicago soybean futures looked set to fall for a third session out of four on Tuesday, trading close to their lowest in nearly two weeks after a U.S. government report pegged the harvest there above market expectations. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was down 0.4 percent at $8.54-3/ 4 a bushel by 0320 GMT, after dropping to its...