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  • PARIS, Jan 21- The European Commission would make an "economic error and political mistake" if it were to block the merger of Alstom's and Siemens' rail businesses, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, shortly before meeting the EU's competition chief. "Refusing the merger between Alstom and Siemens would be an economic error and a political mistake," Le...

  • *Japan loads first Iran oil cargo since U.S. sanctions- Fuji Oil. *VLCC Kisogawa set to arrive in Japan on Feb. 9- data. "After China, South Korea, India and Turkey, Japan also started the process of importing Iranian oil," Abdolnaser Hemmati, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, said according to the state news agency IRNA.

  • *China's 2018 growth slowed as expected to 28- yr low. LONDON, Jan 21- German government bond yields edged lower on Monday as signs of an economic slowdown in China, Washington's political deadlock and Brexit worries kept investors wary and strengthened the bid for safe assets such as Bunds. "The Chinese data, while there are some positives on the retail and...

  • Jan 21- Hong Kong's main Hang Seng index crept higher on Monday as investors shrugged off data showing the Chinese economy slowed within market expectations in the fourth quarter of 2018, amid expectations that Beijing would roll out more stimulus to boost growth. **China's economic growth cooled slightly to 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter from a year...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- European shares slipped on Monday from six-week highs after China's fourth-quarter growth figures confirmed a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy with 2018 its weakest year since 1990.. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.3 percent by 0825 GMT, in line with Germany's exporter-heavy DAX, while Britain's FTSE 100 eked out a 0.1 percent...

  • BERLIN, Jan 21- German Europe Minister Michael Roth urged Britain on Monday to think about reviewing its decision to leave the European Union. After seeing her deal to leave the EU resoundingly defeated in parliament last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May has opened talks with lawmakers from all parties to try to find a way to move forward with Brexit.

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Credit ratings in the developing world look set to grind lower again this year as the world economy slows, with Latin America likely to be the centre of the action-- though the news might not be all bad. "Weaker emerging and frontier market countries face the greatest risks," Moody's said, while S&P flagged Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Lebanon, and Pakistan in...

  • From restaurants in Cape Town and Los Angeles to London- based hair salons using vegan products and leather-free clothing shops, veganism is gaining steam. Veganism and broader food issues are on the agenda at this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, an annual event that draws more than 1,000 political and business leaders to the Swiss mountain resort, with...

  • SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Jan 21- London copper prices slid on Monday, on course to fall for the first time in five sessions, amid concerns over slowing economic growth in top industrial metals consumer China. "U.S.- China trade talks are getting important that will impact the sentiment." It had hit its highest since Dec. 28 on Friday on signs the trade dispute between the...

  • *China's 2018 crude runs hit record 12.12 mln bpd. *OPEC- led supply cuts also support crude prices. SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Crude prices rose to their highest so far in 2019 on Monday after data showed refinery processing in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, climbed to a record last year despite a slowing economy.

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Monday as gains in Japanese and U.S. equities helped improve investors' risk appetite and dampened the safe-haven appeal of government debt. It tracked Wall Street's gains in the previous session after increased hopes the United States and China would resolve their trade dispute lifted investor...

  • DOHA, Jan 21- Qatar will invest $500 million in Lebanese government U.S. dollar bonds to support Lebanon's economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. The decision to invest came after Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a brief visit to an Arab economic summit in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday, during which he met Lebanese...

  • *Shanghai stocks +0.56 pct, blue-chip CSI300 +0.55 pct. *China's A-shares at 17.87 pct premium over H-shares. **China's Finance Ministry on Friday announced further tax cuts for small companies as part of an effort to create jobs and promote economic stability.

  • Jan 21- GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chairman Philip Hampton will step down after more than three and a half years in the role, Britain's biggest drugmaker announced on Monday. The announcement comes a month after GSK's Chief Executive Emma Walmsley announced her boldest plans yet- to split the company into two businesses-- one for prescription drugs and vaccines, the...

  • *China's 2018 crude runs hit record 12.12 mln bpd. *OPEC- led supply cuts also support crude prices. SINGAPORE, Jan 21- Crude prices rose to their highest so far in 2019 on Monday after data showed refinery processing in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, climbed to a record last year despite a slowing economy.

  • *V2G technology holds potential for power grid balancing. *European utilities investing in V2G startups. FRANKFURT/ LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 21- Ever wanted to run your electric car for free?

  • *Neither firm expects chaotic UK exit from EU bloc. *Britain due to leave European Union on March 29. The portfolio managers would eventually be transferred to mainland Europe to handle client accounts there once Britain and the European Union agreed a regulatory framework, they added.

  • *GRAPHIC: Market share of UK grocers https://tmsnrt.rs/2RCNN7f. LONDON, Jan 21- Shortly after last year's announcement of a $9.4 billion deal to combine the Sainsbury's supermarket group that he runs with rival Asda, boss Mike Coupe was caught on camera singing "We're in the money". Not so fast, some competition lawyers, analysts and rivals warn, ahead of a...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japan's Nikkei advanced to a more than one-month high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares that helped buoy cyclical stocks such as shippers, while a weaker yen boosted exporters. U.S. stocks rallied on Friday as increased hopes the United States and China would resolve their trade dispute lifted shares across sectors. "It would be a bit difficult...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The European Central Bank holds its first meeting of the year on Thursday as concern grows about weak economic growth at home and risks abroad from global trade tensions and Brexit. Having ended its stimulus scheme in December, ECB chief Mario Draghi is likely to be pressed on how the central bank will address further economic weakness.