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Sep 9, 2013

Italy’s jewellery sector bets on exports to counter home weakness

VICENZA, Italy, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Export-focused Italian
jewellers are seeing sporadic signs of recovery in key foreign
sales, offsetting deep-rooted weak demand at home, industry
officials at a major trade fair said.

The euro zone’s third largest economy is battling with its
longest postwar recession, which has put some small and
family-run jewellers out of business.

Sep 8, 2013

Italy’s Morellato not for sale, eyes other domestic brands: CEO

VICENZA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian jewelry and watch maker Morellato Group is not for sale and hopes to add other domestic brands to its portfolio, chief executive Massimo Carraro said.

The global financial crisis, which sapped consumer demand for luxury goods and dried up finance, has turned many Italian jewelers into targets or put some out of business altogether.

Aug 27, 2013

Chicago corn, soy dip after rally on U.S. heat

MILAN, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Corn on the Chicago Board of Trade
edged lower on Tuesday, retreating from its biggest daily gain
in nearly four months in the previous session when it followed
soybeans higher over worries that dry weather in the U.S.
Midwest could hit yields.

Soybeans eased from their highest level in 11 months, while
wheat slipped from a three-week high.

Aug 21, 2013

Corn, soybeans supported by dry Midwest weather worry

MILAN, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Chicago corn and soybeans edged
higher in light trade on Wednesday, on speculation dryness in
the U.S. Midwest could slightly lower expectations of a bumper
crop following near-perfect growing weather this year.

Ideal corn and soybean weather for most of the growing
season this year has boosted prospects for near-record output
but forecasts for warmer and dry weather in parts of the U.S.
Midwest have raised concern over yields.

Aug 14, 2013

Corn edges up, record U.S. crop outlook curbs rise

MILAN, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Corn on the Chicago Board of Trade
(CBOT) edged higher on Wednesday, recouping some of the previous
session’s steep losses, but prices remained under pressure on
expectation of a record U.S. crop.

The corn market is torn between higher yield estimates by
private forecasters and an outlook for lower yields from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Aug 6, 2013

Campari sees upturn after one-offs hit first half

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian drinks maker Campari (CPRI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects business to improve gradually in the second half of this year after a regulatory change and one-off restructuring charges hit earnings in the first six months.

The maker of the bitter red aperitif of the same name grew in its key markets in North America, Russia and Argentina, while other developed markets, particularly in crisis-hit Europe, had either stabilized or improved.

Jul 31, 2013

Autogrill sees recovery signs after tax hits first-half net

MILAN, July 31 (Reuters) – Autogrill SpA, the
world’s biggest operator of shops at airports, sees recovery
signs across most markets except for home territory Italy, still
feeling the impact of its longest postwar recession.

The operator of highway restaurants and airport stores from
Canada to India said first-half earnings were helped by growth
in its airport operations, offsetting difficulties along Italian
motorways where recession hit travelers’ pockets.

Jun 10, 2013

Africa in slow motion on two little wheels

JOHANNESBURG, June 10 (Reuters) – It sounded like a shotgun:
bang, bang, bang. The back wheel swirled in a slalom and my
Vespa scooter came to an abrupt stop.

Not even halfway through my two-wheeled trip across parts of
Africa and the back tyre burst. I steered away from the traffic
that trailed behind me on this pothole-littered mountain pass,
just as a truck gently nudged my back license plate.

Jun 3, 2013

Miner shot dead at Lonmin mine in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A shop steward from South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers NUM) was shot dead on Monday at a Lonmin mine, police and the union said, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the troubled platinum belt.

Lonmin said the shooting, in which another union official was also critically injured, took place at the NUM offices at Wonderkop community, which is near the town of Marikana, 120 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, where police shot dead 34 miners last August, the country’s deadliest police action since the end of apartheid.

May 24, 2013

Lanxess signs deal with S.African miners to end strike

JOHANNESBURG, May 24 (Reuters) – Striking South African
workers at a chrome mine owned by German chemicals group Lanxess
have signed a deal to end a week-long illegal walkout,
after winning a one-off payment from the latest company to give
in to militant labour pressure.

The dispute at the mine in Rustenburg, 120 km (70 miles)
northwest of Johannesburg, added to long-running friction in the
so-called platinum belt that has caused mining production to
slow, raised concerns about Africa’s largest economy and sent
the rand to four-year lows.