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  • LONDON— Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources for $6.1 billion in stock to create the world's largest gold miner. Shareholders in Barrick, which is based in Toronto, will own about 66.6 percent of the merged company, which will combine Randgold's African mines with Barrick's holdings in the Americas. Nicholas Hyett, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown,...

  • LONDON, Sept 24- Copper prices steadied on Monday near 10- week highs hit last week as the market waited to see how the U.S.- China trade dispute would develop after both countries imposed fresh tariffs. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.1 percent at $6,355 a tonne at 1024 GMT. The metal seen as a gauge of economic health hit $6,382.5 on Friday,...

  • LONDON, Sept 24- British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministerial team remains fully behind her Brexit proposals, her spokesman said on Monday, after her plans were savaged by European Union leaders at a summit last week. Her Conservative Party is deeply divided over the direction talks with the EU should take. The British prime minister, who has called...

  • LONDON, Sept 24- Gold was steady on Monday partly in response to a dip in the dollar, but activity was muted because investors are waiting for a U.S. central bank meeting this week, expected to result in an interest rate increase. Liquidity was thin during Asian trading hours on Monday as markets in Japan and China were closed for a holiday. "Gold is lacking any strong...

  • PARIS, Sept 24- France will reduce the tax burden on households and companies by nearly 25 billion euros next year, the government said in its 2019 budget bill, pushing the deficit up towards an EU cap as the economy fails to gain pace. Households will see their tax bill reduced by a total 6 billion euros while business taxes will fall by 18.8 billion euros, resulting...

  • STOCKHOLM, Sept 24- Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo has stopped assembling trucks in Iran because U.S. sanctions are preventing it from being paid, a spokesman for the company said on Monday. The sanctions against Iran, reimposed on Aug. 6 by U.S. Volvo spokesman Fredrik Ivarsson said the trucks group could no longer get paid for any parts it shipped and had therefore...

  • LONDON, Sept 24- U.S. fashion group Michael Kors Holdings Ltd has sealed an agreement to take control of Italy's Versace, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday, adding that an official announcement would be made this week. The deal values the fashion house, known for its Medusa head logo, at no less than $2 billion, two of the sources added.

  • WASHINGTON— The "gig" economy might not be the new frontier for America's workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as ideal for people who want the flexibility and independence that traditional jobs don't offer. Most Americans who earn income through online platforms do so for only a few months each...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 24- Iraq, the second-largest OPEC producer, is exporting close to 3.6 million barrels per day of crude from its southern oilfields, as OPEC and others ramp up output to replace supply shortfalls from Iran and Venezuela, an Iraqi oil official said. Exports from Iran have fallen as the United States will re-impose sanctions on Iran's oil sector from...

  • BERLIN, Sept 24- Business morale held steady in Germany in September, propped up by consumer spending and construction, a survey showed, to leave the country on track for further growth even if a uncertain global economic outlook worsens. The Munich- based Ifo economic institute's business climate index edged down to 103.7 on Monday from an upwardly revised...

  • LONDON/ DUBAI/ ABU DHABI, Sept 24- A group of private equity investors, including Fajr Capital, Blackstone and Bahrain's Mumtalakat, is weighing the sale of their combined stake in the emerging market business of UAE- based GEMS Education, three sources said. Dubai- based Fajr Capital led the consortium's bid to take a a significant minority stake in GEMS...

  • LONDON— Britain's main opposition party has taken a step toward backing a new referendum on Brexit— but has stopped short of saying the vote should include an option not to leave the European Union at all. Delegates at the party's annual conference in Liverpool will consider a motion Tuesday saying "all options" should remain on the table, "including campaigning...

  • LONDON— Shares in Sky plc are up 8.8 percent after Comcast won a bidding war for the British pay TV giant in a weekend auction that pushed the value of the company to almost 30 billion pounds. The rare auction was organized by Britain's Takeover Panel after months of offers and counteroffers from Comcast and 21st Century Fox as the U.S. media companies sought a...

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 24- Central European currencies eased slightly on Monday on expectations that the U.S. The zloty led currencies lower, dropping 0.15 percent against the euro by 0850 GMT, to trade at 4.3085. Poland's 10- year yield bid up 4 basis points at 3.274 percent, only 1 bps from 3- and-1/2-month highs.

  • SAUDI ARAMCO CEO AMIN NASSER SAYS READY TO SUPPLY ADDITIONAL BARRELS- CNBC.

  • *SAUDI ARAMCO CEO AMIN NASSER SAYS HAVE 1.5 MILLION BARRELS OF SPARE CAPACITY- CNBC.

  • SAUDI ARAMCO CEO AMIN NASSER SAYS HAVE 1.5 MLN BARRELS OF SPARE CAPACITY- CNBC.

  • PARIS, Sept 24- Two of France's biggest supermarket groups were locked in a dispute on Monday after Casino said it had rejected a tie-up approach from larger rival Carrefour that Carrefour denied ever making. Two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters there had been a meeting on Sept. 12 between Carrefour head Alexandre Bompard and Casino's boss...

  • *China struggling to contain African swine fever. BEIJING, Sept 24- China said on Monday it has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China, as authorities struggle to contain the highly contagious disease. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said a slaughterhouse in the city of Hohhot...

  • LONDON, Sept 24- Shares in Sky jumped 9 percent on Monday to within touching distance of the 17.28 pounds a share Comcast bid to beat Twenty-First Century Fox in the battle for Europe's biggest pay-TV group. The U.S. cable-TV giant offered $40 billion in a rare weekend auction that brought to an end its battle against Rupert Murdoch's Fox and Walt Disney Co, which...