LONDON/MILAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Italy’s Ilva, Europe’s
largest steel plant, is planning to restart a furnace to boost
production from late October, unaffected by a court-ordered
freeze on assets of its owner, the Riva family, industry sources
The southern Italian plant, at the centre of a lengthy
environmental scandal, will restart a blast furnace with a
capacity of about 2 million tonnes per year, which will allow it
to increase annual production to around 7.5 million tonnes, two
sources with knowledge of the situation said.
MILAN, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Chicago corn rose more than 1.7
percent on Tuesday, recovering from last session’s one-month
low, following a dip in expectations for crop conditions and
after a U.S. acreage report showed a smaller planted area.
Soybeans rose on bargain hunting by end-users after
suffering losses in the last two days on pressure from forecasts
for rain in parts of the U.S. crop belt, while wheat was flat.
MILAN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Chicago soybeans fell on Tuesday,
extending their losses this week to more than 1.5 percent on
forecasts of modest rainfall in the U.S. Midwest that could give
some reprieve to the stressed crop.
The U.S. soybean crop is in its weather-sensitive,
pod-setting stage of development, and a turn to dry weather in
August and early September has been trimming yield potential,
pushing prices up nearly 20 percent within three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.