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China large steelmakers' daily output inches up in early Oct BEIJING: Average daily crude steel output from China's large steel mills inched up 0.8 percent to 1.8 million tonnes in the first 10 days of October, data from the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) showed on Thursday.CISA also said that steel product stockpiles at major mills reached 15.689 million tonnes by Oct. 10, up 5.2 percent compared to the end of September.According to a research note by online trading portal GTXH.com, five of CISA's 95 steel mill members failed to report their production figures over the period. The five included Shanxi province's Highsee Group, which has suspended operations as a result of longstanding financial problems.The following table shows changes in daily output since the start of the year. Some previous output figures have been revised by CISA. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Statoil's CEO quits for top job at BG Group OSLO/LONDON: Statoil's long-serving chief executive Helge Lund unexpectedly quit on Wednesday to take on the top role at smaller rival BG, where he has been promised a big pay rise if he can turn round the flagging British gas and oil producer.Lund, who in 10 years transformed Norway's once domestic-focused state oil firm into a $77 billion international major, now faces a new set of problems at BG, Britain's third-largest energy firm, which has been ...
Total's European refining margins rise near 2-year high PARIS: French oil company Total, Europe's biggest refiner, said refining margins in the region had risen to an almost two-year high in the third quarter of 2014, recovering for the second consecutive quarter after a 4-year low hit early in 2014.Total's European refining margins indicator ERMI rose to $29.9 in the third quarter from $10.9 in the previous quarter, a table showed on its website on Wednesday.That was the highest level since the fourth quarter ...
Lufthansa unit Germanwings hit by new pilots' strike FRANKFURT: The German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit on Wednesday called for a new 12-hour walkout at Germanwings, the low-cost airline belonging to Lufthansa, in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.Cockpit said in a statement that it was calling a strike from noon (10:00 GMT) until 11:59 pm (2159 GMT) on Thursday. "All Germanwings flights across Germany will be affected," the statement said.The union accused Lufthansa management of "stonewalling" and refusing to consider any compromise solutions ...
Japan toymaker unveils tiny talking, singing humanoid TOKYO: Japanese toymaker Tomy on Wednesday unveiled a multi-talented humanoid robot, named "Robi jr.," which can converse using some 1,000 phrases and belt out about 50 songs, as well as move its limbs and head.The company said it will put the Japanese-speaking humanoid, designed by well-known roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi, on the market early next year at a price of 15,000 yen ($140) apiece at stores and online in Japan.Its Chinese-speaking siblings will also debut in ...
Airbus signs draft deal to sell 250 planes to IndiGo PARIS: European aircraft giant Airbus has signed a draft agreement to sell 250 medium range, fuel-efficient A320neo airliners to Indian low cost operator IndiGo, it announced on Wednesday.If completed, the deal worth around $25 billion (20 billion euros) at list prices, will represent the biggest sale ever by Airbus in terms of number of aircraft, the group said.Like in many countries in Asia, India's air passenger market has expanded at breakneck speed.And IndiGo, India's largest ...
Drugmaker Shire urges AbbVie to proceed with $54bn takeover LONDON: Shire Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday urged AbbVie to proceed with its agreed $54-billion takeover, after the US drugmaker decided to reconsider the deal citing a US crackdown on tax inversions.Chicago-based AbbVie announced in a statement overnight that its board will meet next week to reconsider the Shire bid, in light of White House proposals to stop US companies moving offshore to cut their tax bills.The news sent Shire's share price plunging by almost a third ...

 



 
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