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COPENHAGEN Novo Nordisk (NOVOb.CO) shares took another hit on Thursday as the world's top maker of diabetes drugs disappointed investors with a lower 2017 sales and profit growth forecast due to price pressure and U.S. political uncertainty.

Shares in Novo are down around 40 percent since the firm cut its long-term growth target for the first time last year.

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LONDON, Feb 2 Sterling and UK government bond yields tumbled on Thursday after the Bank of England appeared to be in no rush to raise interest rates and flagged the risks posed by Britain's departure from the European Union.

 

LONDON, Feb 1 Eastern European-focused Wizz Air cut its full-year profit estimate on Wednesday, citing pressure on fares in the industry, and said it would press ahead with plans to expand aggressively to build market share.

Wizz Air, which has its headquarters in Budapest, lowered its underlying net profit guidance to a range of between 225 million euros and 235 million euros for the year to the end of March, from a previous forecast of 245 to 255 million euros.

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LONDON, Feb 1 Britain's top share index bounced back on Wednesday from the previous session's one-month low, led by commodities-related stocks following a rise in prices of crude oil and some metals.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 was 0.9 percent higher by 1009 GMT.

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Jan 31 Apple Inc reported its first quarterly increase in iPhone sales in a year, powered by strong demand for the latest version of its flagship smartphone, sending the company's shares up more than 3 percent in after-hours trading.

The company is heavily dependent on the success of iPhones, which account for more than two-thirds of its total revenue.

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Jan 31 Apple Inc reported a bigger-than-expected rise in iPhone sales for the holiday quarter, driven by strong demand for the latest version of its flagship smartphone.

Revenue in the Greater China region fell 11.6 percent to $16.23 billion, highlighting Apple's struggles in a hotly contested smartphone market.

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Jan 31 Advanced Micro Devices Inc on Tuesday posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and gave a strong revenue forecast for the current quarter, boosted by demand for its graphic chips used in gaming consoles and a stabilizing PC market.

AMD has said in October that it expects to release the processor in the first half of this year.

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WS Atkins Plc (ATKW.L), a British engineering and design consultancy, has been approached by U.S. company CH2M for a possible $4 billion merger, the Times reported.

CH2M made the approach for Atkins at a senior level, although it is unclear how far talks developed, the newspaper reported.

 

PARIS Jan 30 French businessman and billionaire Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere was questioned on Monday by police investigating allegations of fake work by the wife of presidential candidate Francois Fillon, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

De Lacharriere's Fimalac holding company owns the literary review La Revue des Deux Mondes, one of Penelope Fillon's employers during a period in which the Canard Enchaine newspaper says she was paid hundreds of thousands of euros for work she did not do.

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LONDON Jan 30 Vodafone said on Monday it was in talks to merge its Indian operations with rival Idea Cellular in an all-share deal that could help the groups counter the fierce competition in the market.

In a short statement, Vodafone said it was in talks with Idea's parent, conglomerate Aditya Birla.

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SAN FRANCISCO Jan 27 Shares of U.S. supermarket operators fell on Friday as President Donald Trump kept up his criticism of Mexico, which is a major supplier of produce and other foods for U.S. consumers.

A day after the White House suggested that the United States could impose a 20 percent tax on goods from Mexico, shares of both Wal-Mart Stores and Kroger Co fell more than 1 percent, while Whole Foods Market dropped as much as 2.8 percent.

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MILAN, Jan 27 Italian eyewear group Safilo can make up for the potential loss of design-to-distribution deals with French luxury group LVMH with new licences and by expanding its own brands, its chief executive said on Friday.

Shares in Safilo were hit last week by a report that LVMH could buy a stake in spectacles maker Marcolin and grant it licences currently held by Safilo and worth 340 million euros ($363 million) of its sales.

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MILAN, Jan 27 Italian eyewear group Safilo can make up for the potential loss of design-to-distribution deals with French luxury group LVMH with new licences and by expanding its own brands, its chief executive said on Friday.

Shares in Safilo were hit last week by a report that LVMH could buy a stake in spectacles maker Marcolin and grant it licences currently held by Safilo and worth 340 million euros ($363 million) of its sales.

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LOS ANGELES Jan 26 Starbucks Corp on Thursday trimmed its full-year revenue forecast and reported a weaker-than-expected rise in quarterly sales at established restaurants in its Americas region, sending shares down 3.4 percent in extended trade.

Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson told Reuters the disappointing Americas results were primarily due to operational challenges caused by congestion at drink pickup sites after the number of cafes reaping more than 20 percent of transactions from mobile order and pay doubled to 1,200 during the fiscal first quarter, which ended Jan. 1.

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Jan 26 The deepest slump in a decade for the oversupplied potash fertilizer market may abate only slightly in 2017, major producers say, and could take years to correct due to the imminent startup of new mines.

Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc , the biggest fertilizer producer, forecast a much less profitable year on Thursday than analysts expected, and reported a surprisingly big drop in quarterly profit.

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Jan 26 The deepest slump in a decade for the oversupplied potash fertilizer market may abate only slightly in 2017, major producers say, and could take years to correct due to the imminent startup of new mines.

Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc , the world's biggest fertilizer producer, forecast a less profitable year on Thursday than analysts expected, and reported a surprisingly big drop in quarterly profit.

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Jan 26 Verizon Communications Inc is exploring a combination with cable company Charter Communications Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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LONDON Shares in Sage Group (SGE.L) fell nearly 6 percent on Thursday after the British software company said a disappointing performance by its U.S. payments business hit its first quarter results and that it might sell the division.

Its total 'organic' revenue across all markets increased by 5.1 percent in the quarter, and rose 5.9 percent once the U.S. payment business was stripped out.

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BOSTON Jan 25 State Street Corp shares on Wednesday tumbled as much as 7.5 percent on a double dose of bad news: the bank reported a 3.4 percent drop in fourth quarter revenue and rival JPMorgan Chase & Co Inc announced poaching more than $1 trillion in custody assets. But that figure could shrink more than 3 percent after JPMorgan announced on Wednesday that it was chosen by BlackRock Inc to be custodian for more than $1 trillion in assets.

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