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  • PARIS, April 23- French supermarket retailer Casino said on Tuesday that it was beefing up its partnership with tech giant Amazon following the success of an earlier deal between its Monoprix supermarket chain and Amazon in Paris. The new, extended partnership entails the installation of 1,000 so-called Amazon lockers in Casino stores across France and the...

  • TOKYO, April 23- Japan's unprecedented 10- day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost. A record 24.7 million people- about one-fifth the country's population- are expected to travel, according to travel agency JTB Corp., mostly within the country. Japanese have made travel...

  • PARIS, April 23- French car parts group Faurecia on Tuesday reported a slight rise in first-quarter sales, and added that it was on track to meet its full-year financial target. Faurecia, which is 46- percent owned by PSA, said its sales edged up 0.2 percent from a year earlier to 4.325 billion euros, with growth in Asia and South America offsetting a weaker...

  • SHANGHAI, April 23- China's yuan was little changed against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday as investors combed through a flurry of comments from policymakers for clues on the pace of further monetary easing. But China watchers such as Nomura say Beijing cannot afford to stop easing yet, as it is too early to tell if the economy is back on sustainably solid footing.

  • HONG KONG/ BEIJING, April 23- Luckin Coffee Inc, the Chinese challenger to Starbucks Corp, filed on Monday for a U.S. initial public offering through which, sources said, it is looking to raise up to $800 million. The Beijing- based coffee chain set a placeholder amount of $100 million to indicate the size of the IPO and did not disclose the number of shares it would offer,...

  • *U.S. reiterates its goal to cut Iran oil exports to zero. SINGAPORE, April 23- Oil prices were near 2019 highs on Tuesday after Washington announced all Iran sanction waivers would end by May, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran. Despite the move by Washington, observers like U.S. bank Goldman Sachs said global oil markets would be able to cope with the...

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples distributed to reviewers to investigate reports of broken screens, a day after it postponed the phone's launch, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Samsung's share price was 0.4 percent lower as of 0425 GMT, in a flat Seoul market. However, parts suppliers...

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples distributed to reviewers to investigate reports of broken screens, a day after it postponed the phone's launch, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Samsung's share price was 0.4 percent lower as of 0425 GMT, in a flat Seoul market. However, parts suppliers...

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- China's jet fuel exports surged 30 percent from a year earlier in March and diesel exports rose 14.2 percent, customs data showed on Tuesday, as the country's fuel surplus increased following the start up of a new private oil refinery. China also boosted exports of jet fuel last month to 1.74 million tonnes, the data showed.

  • "Gold is currently trying to find a short-term bottom around $1,274- 1,275 an ounce level, especially as equity markets continue to rally," said Margaret Yang, an analyst with CMC Markets in Singapore. Better-than-expected economic readings from both the United States and China have also assuaged most concerns of a steep global economic slowdown amongst...

  • *Opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also votes in home state. NEW DELHI, April 23- Voting began in the third and largest phase of India's staggered general election on Tuesday, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat and in opposition Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi's seat in southern Kerala. India's parliament has 545 members.

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- Copper and nickel prices fell on Tuesday amid worries China may ease its stimulus measures after its economy showed some signs of recovery. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell 0.4 percent to $6,451 a tonne by 0333 GMT, while the most active copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange declined 0.4 percent to 49,170 yuan...

  • TOKYO, April 23- The dollar edged up against a basket of key rivals on Tuesday, while the Canadian dollar was supported by rising crude oil prices due to U.S. plans to tighten a clampdown on Iranian oil exports from next month. Financial markets in Australia and New Zealand reopened after the long Easter holiday, and were set to reopen across Europe later in the day.

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- Exxon Mobil Corp said it has signed a 20- year agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to China's Zhejiang Energy, as the U.S. oil and gas giant steps up marketing of the fuel in China, the world's second-largest buyer. The U.S. firm has been expanding its portfolio of LNG, including from upcoming projects in Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Qatar...

  • CRUDE OIL FUTURES HIT $65.95/ BBL, HIGHEST SINCE OCT 2018, AFTER WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES END TO ALL IRAN SANCTION WAIVERS.

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- Nickel prices fell on Tuesday, with new data showing a global nickel deficit had narrowed at the end of February, while investors worried that China may ease its stimulus measures. Benchmark nickel dropped as much as 0.8 percent to $12,575 a tonne, its lowest intra-day level since Feb. 19, while Shanghai's most active nickel contract fell 1.4...

  • NEW DELHI, April 23- Voting began in the third and largest phase of India's staggered general election on Tuesday, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat and southern Kerala, where opposition Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting. "This is, sort of, an inflection point," said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the New Delhi- based think-tank...

  • HOUSTON, April 22- Dow Inc locked 226 employees out of its Houston- area chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, on Monday afternoon after United Steelworkers union workers rejected the latest labor contract proposal, USW officials said. "Our Deer Park site will continue to operate in the safe and reliable manner our neighbors, employees and customers have come to...

  • The decision by the Trump administration not to renew any of the waivers extended six months ago to eight importers of Iranian crude, including top buyers China and India, is a clear escalation of Washington's campaign against Tehran's nuclear programme. It may be the case that Chinese refiners are stocking up on Iranian crude in anticipation of not getting...

  • April 23- Gold prices edged up on Tuesday as Washington moved to choke off Iran's oil revenues, prompting safe haven buying, but gains were capped by a strong dollar and Asian shares hovering near a nine-month peak. *The United States on Monday demanded that buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, a move to choke off Tehran's oil revenues...