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  • SEATTLE— Amazon continues to expand delivery from its Whole Foods grocery stores, announcing new service in 10 cities while broadening delivery areas where it's already operating. The Seattle company said Wednesday that it's broadening delivery areas in New York and Seattle, and announced the first expansion of free grocery pick-up service to five new...

  • MADRID, Sept 26- Banco Santander's chairman Ana Botin on Wednesday said the lender was not planning any major strategy change after appointing Andrea Orcel as its new chief operating officer. "Andrea Orcel will be the group's new chief executive officer. But we are already clear on what is our strategy, we will remain the bank we are, a commercial bank operating in...

  • *Saudi, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait eligible for indexes. Sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt issuers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait- all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council- will become eligible for the EMBI Global Diversified, EMBI Global and EURO-EMBIG indexes, according to the statement, seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW— The lower house of the Russian parliament has given its preliminary approval for a controversial bill that raises the eligibility ages for pensions, which has caused an outrage in Russian society. The government's plan to raise the retirement ages for men and women by five years has irked Russians from all political factions. Older Russians fear they...

  • LONDON, Sept 26- The European Central Bank's interest rate hikes of 2008 and 2011 were perhaps the biggest policy errors in recent central banking history. If anything, an oil price shock of crude breaking above $100 a barrel could tempt the current incumbents in Frankfurt's Eurotower to ease policy, or at the very least go looser for longer, rather than tighten.

  • BANCO SANTANDER'S CHAIRMAN ANA BOTIN SAYS NEW CEO ANDRE ORCEL WILL FOCUS ON DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE BANK.

  • DOLLAR: The dollar gained against a basket of its peers before an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike priced in by investors, who are still on edge about a trade row between the United States and China. TRADE CONCERNS: Denting demand for risky assets, such as metals, are persistent concerns over the negative impact of tit-for-tat trade tariffs between...

  • The nine shale oil and gas blocks up for auction are all within Burgos, in the northern state of Tamaulipas, where the Gulf and Zeta cartels have waged a war for control of drug and human-trafficking routes since 2010.. In April, a Pemex security worker guarding installations against fuel thieves was killed and another was shot in an ambush in the Tamaulipas city...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 26- European Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen told Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary on Wednesday that the Irish airline must respect EU rules and give workers contracts according to where they live. Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost carrier, has said it plans to cancel 150 flights on Friday due to a strike over working conditions by...

  • LONDON, Sept 26- Italian bond yields extended falls on Wednesday after Economy Minister Giovanni Tria offered greater clarity on the upcoming budget while saying it must generate confidence in Italy's financial stability ahead of this week's deadline. Tria said that the new deficit targets to be presented on Thursday would send a signal to markets on...

  • Data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue show tax arrears totaled 182.5 billion euros on Aug. 10, according to a note sent from the agency to parliament last week and seen by The Associated Press Wednesday. The debt rivals Greece's economic output, estimated at 184.7 billion euros this year. Eurozone-member Greece repeatedly raised taxes during...

  • Alexion said it would make an upfront payment of $400 million and additional milestone-dependent payments of up to $800 million.

  • Sept 26- The United States is pulling some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. military officials. The Pentagon will pull out four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month, the report...

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 26- India's cabinet on Wednesday approved incentives to encourage cash-strapped mills to export sugar in the 2018/ 19 season, a government statement said on Wednesday, part of efforts to trim bulging domestic stockpiles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet will give transport subsidies of 1,000 rupees a tonne to 3,000 rupees a tonne to sugar...

  • No matter your age, what the Federal Reserve does to interest rates will most likely affect you. Economists say the central bank is nearly certain to raise what's called the federal funds rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday to a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent, the third such increase this year. An increase creates a ripple effect for rates on a...

  • Even though electric vehicles account for just a fraction of overall car sales, they are slowly gaining favor with buyers, particularly as second cars for daily commuting. While you're researching EVs, you'll deal with the usual considerations, including price, comfort, cargo space and handling. An average cost for the system and professional installation is...

  • NEW YORK— What do you hate shopping for? Eager venture capitalists, digital technology and social media make it easier for anyone with a good idea to enter the consumer goods market, according to a report on insurgent brands by Bain& Company, a management consulting firm. "The reality is that no category is immune to disruption," the Bain& Company report said.

  • *US sanctions on Iran oil exports to kick in from November. The United States will apply sanctions to halt oil exports from Iran, the third-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, from Nov. 4. "Iran has the opportunity to channel oil through Iraq and they will still have some buyers in Asia.

  • LONDON, Sept 26-- British retail sales growth slowed in September after a booming summer but remained strong, a survey showed on Wednesday, adding to signs that Britain's consumers are not cutting back sharply on their spending as Brexit nears. The Confederation of British Industry's monthly retail sales gauge fell back to +23 from +29 in August.

  • President Donald Trump praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for his courage in taking steps to disarm, but said much work still had to be done and sanctions must remain in place on North Korea until it denuclearizes. Trump's remarks on North Korea were dramatically different from those in his speech last year at the U.N. assembly, when he threatened...