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Euro zone business growth near two-year low in Sept-PMI

LONDON - Euro zone business activity expanded at its weakest rate since the start of 2015 this month as growth paths diverged and firms stopped discounting for the first time in a year, surveys shows. (EUROZONE-ECONOMY/PMI (UPDATE 1), expect by 1030 GMT/0630 AM ET, by Jonathan Cable, 550 words)

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- GERMANY-ECONOMY/PMI, moved, 400 words

- FRANCE-ECONOMY/PMI, moved, 270 words

OPEC in new push to clinch first deal to curb output since 2008

DUBAI/LONDON - As far as OPEC decision-making is concerned, Algeria, which plays host to oil ministers next week, has always been the land of surprises. (OPEC-MEETING/, moved, by Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler, 995 words)

Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 mln accounts in 2014

Yahoo Inc says that at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to be the world's biggest known cyber breach by far. (YAHOO-CYBER/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Dustin Volz, 750 words)

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley takes CEO role

LONDON - Britain's Sports Direct, the retailer trying to mend its battered image, name its billionaire founder and controlling shareholder Mike Ashley as chief executive after Dave Forsey quit the role. (SPORTS DIRECT-MOVES/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by James Davey, 340 words)

MARKETS

Oil prices dip ahead of OPEC meetings, shares steady

LONDON - Hopes of a deal to curb output at next week's OPEC meeting not enough to keep oil prices on the up after a week of central bank meetings which have left financial markets struggling for clear direction. (GLOBAL-MARKETS/ (WRAPUP 4), updating throughout the day, by Patrick Graham, 775 words)

Dollar on track for weekly losses in wake of Fed, BOJ moves

LONDON - The dollar index is a tad lower, leaving it on track for its worst week in a month after Federal Reserve trimmed its long-term interest rate expectations and the Bank of Japan retooled its monetary policy framework. (GLOBAL-FOREX/ (UPDATE 2), updating throughout the day, by Anirban Nag, 400 words)

Oil prices fall as traders take profit after two days of strong rises

SINGAPORE - Oil prices fall, pulled down by a sell-off following two sessions of strong rises and on caution ahead of a gathering of OPEC ministers next week in Algeria to discuss possible production cooperation to rein in global oversupply. (GLOBAL-OIL/ (UPDATE 2), updating throughout the day, by Henning Gloystein, 405 words)

Gold slips on firm dollar, set for best weekly gain in 2 months

BENGALURU - Gold edged lower, backing off the two week high struck in the previous session as the dollar stayed firm, but the yellow metal is still on track for its biggest weekly gain in nearly two months. (GLOBAL-PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 2), updating throughout the day, by Swati Verma, 395 words)

Asia investors steer through slipstream of fickle Fed

SINGAPORE - Having weathered almost two years of volatility spurred by a fickle Federal Reserve, most long-term investors in Asia's emerging markets barely blinked this week as the Fed once again redrew the future path of U.S. interest rates. (ASIA-MARKETS/FED (PICTURE), moved, by Vidya Ranganathan, 725 words)

ECONOMY

ECB policymakers say rates near bottom even if recovery is disappointing

FRANKFURT - European Central Bank interest rates are probably close to the bottom, even though the bank had hoped the euro zone economy would respond better to its stimulus measures, two top policymakers say. (ECB-POLICY/VILLEROY (UPDATE 1), moved, 370 words)

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- ECB-POLICY/CONSTANCIO, moved, 105 words

Japan must not rely solely on BOJ to revive economy - finmin

TOKYO - Japan's government must not rely solely on the Bank of Japan to boost economic growth and defeat deflation, following the central bank's decision to reboot its monetary policy framework, Finance Minister Taro Aso says. (JAPAN-ECONOMY/ASO (UPDATE 1), moved, by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Stanley White, 300 words)

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- JAPAN-ECONOMY/SUGA (UPDATE 1), moved, 190 words

France's economy slows in Q2 for first time since 2013

PARIS - France's economy slowed for the first time since early 2013 in the second quarter of 2016, hurt by a dip in consumer spending, in a blow to President Francois Hollande ahead of a presidential election due next April. (FRANCE-ECONOMY/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 160 words)

Austria, France to propose restarting EU-USA trade talks under new name

BERLIN - Austria and France will propose ending the current round of trade talks between the United States and the European Union, and starting fresh talks under a new name, Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner says. (EU-USA/TTIP-AUSTRIA-FRANCE, moved, 370 words)

Singapore Aug headline CPI falls 0.3 pct y/y, down for 22nd straight month

SINGAPORE - Singapore's headline consumer price index fell in August, dragged down by declines in the costs of housing and transportation, data shows. (SINGAPORE-ECONOMY/INFLATION, moved, 100 words)

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- SINGAPORE-ECONOMY/MANUFACTURING (POLL), moved, 135 words

COMPANIES `

RWE's Innogy aims for $5.6 billion listing

FRANKFURT - The initial public offering of Innogy, the renewables, network and retail business of German utility RWE, could be worth up to 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion), it says, indicating strong investor interest for its regulated assets. (INNOGY-IPO/VOLUME (UPDATE 3), moving shortly, by Christoph Steitz and Ludwig Burger, 470 words)

JPMorgan tops investment bank table again, top 5 all U.S. banks

LONDON - JPMorgan retain its place at the top of the global investment bank rankings in the first half of this year despite a fall in revenues, while Deutsche Bank's troubles ensured the top five were all U.S. banks, new data shows. (GLOBAL-BANKS/REVENUE, moved, by Anjuli Davies and Jamie McGeever, 459 words)

U.S. states sue opioid-maker Indivior, alleging anticompetitive practices

WASHINGTON - Thirty-five U.S. states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Thursday against opioid drug maker Indivior alleging it tried to keep generic versions of a drug off the market. (STATES-INDIVIOR/ANTITRUST (UPDATE 2), moved, by Sarah N. Lynch, 365 words)

Uber rival Grab partners with driverless car firm in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Users of ride-hailing firm Grab will be able to book driverless cars from Friday as it partners with a start-up testing the technology in Singapore, just days after rival Uber debuted its self-driving vehicles in the United States. (GRAB-AUTONOMOUS/SINGAPORE (UPDATE 1, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Aradhana Aravindan, 495 words)

India signs deal for 36 French fighter jets to counter China, Pakistan squadrons

NEW DELHI - India sign a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for around $8.7 billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in two decades and a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an aging fleet. (INDIA-FRANCE/JETS (UPDATE 1, PICTURE), moved, by Tommy Wilkes and Nigam Prusty, 280 words)

Regulators expect Monte dei Paschi to ask Italy for help - sources

LONDON - European regulators expect Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena will have to turn to the government for support, three euro zone officials with knowledge of the matter said, although Rome would strongly resist such a move if bondholders suffered losses. (ITALY-BANKS/MONTEDEIPASCHI (EXCLUSIVE), moved, by John O'Donnell, 900 words)

French govt indicates will reclaim SocGen tax deduction if trader wins case

PARIS - The French government indicate it will reclaim a 2.2 billion euro ($2.46 billion) tax deduction from Societe Generale if an appeal court rules ex-trader Jerome Kerviel should not have to pay damages for losses he caused. (SOCGEN-KERVIEL/, moved, 190 words)

HSBC seeks to free 'trapped' $10 bln U.S. capital amid regulatory heat

LONDON - HSBC is seeking to release billions of dollars of capital tied up in the United States without upsetting the country's politicians and regulators, senior sources at the bank say. (HSBC-CAPITAL/, moving shortly, by Lawrence White, 680 words)

Nets listing values Danish payments business at $4.5 bln

COPENHAGEN - Danish card payment services company Nets will offer shares at 150 Danish crowns ($22.53) each in its initial public offering, valuing the business at around 30 billion Danish crowns ($4.51 billion). (NETS-IPO/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Annabella PultzNielsen, 400 words)

Anglo American names new finance director

LONDON/BENGALURU - Global mining company Anglo American Plc name a new finance director with a track record in cost-cutting and debt reduction at Australian iron ore giant Fortescue. (ANGLO AMERICAN-CFO/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Barbara Lewis and Rahul B, 400 words)

Ausgrid gets bid from local consortium after Chinese, HK offers blocked

SYDNEY - Australia's top two pension funds have made a joint indicative offer to buy a majority stake in the country's biggest electricity network, a month after bids from Chinese and Hong Kong interests were rejected on security grounds. (AUSTRALIA-PRIVATISATION/AUSGRID (UPDATE 2, PICTURE), moved, by Byron Kaye, 380 words)

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