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Online Retail Helps Earns at Deutsche Post DHL

Express delivery and freight company Deutsche Post DHL saw its net profit rise 6 percent in the third quarter as its parcel business in Germany benefited from growth in online retailing.

The company said Tuesday that its net profit reached 399 million euros ($534 million), up from 377 million in the same quarter last year. The figure was just short of the average analyst estimate of 403 million euros compiled by financial information provider FactSet.

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EU Official: Bank Bailouts Remain Possible

The vice president of the European Commission has said that taxpayer-funded bank bailouts remain a possibility if the current round of stress tests of Europe's biggest banks reveal significant capital shortfalls — or if Europe's debt crisis were to really flare up again.

However, Joaquin Almunia repeated that the governments' preferred method remains to force investors such as shareholders, bondholders and ultimately depositors, to pay first.

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World Economy Being Sustained by Extraordinary Aid

Five years after a global financial crisis erupted, the world's biggest economies still need to be propped up.

They're growing and hiring a little faster and creating more jobs, but only with extraordinary aid from central banks or government spending. And economists say major countries may need help for years more.

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U.S, Europe Resuming Talks on New Trade Pact

The United States and the European Union, which already enjoy the world's biggest business relationship, are resuming talks on a deal to further grow two-way trade and investment.

The negotiations take place against the backdrop of European pique over reported U.S. electronic espionage, and were delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown. But officials for both sides say the benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are too great for the talks to be affected.

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IMF Chief Sees Economic Storm Clouds in Venezuela

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Sunday that Venezuela's economy appears stressed and that the country likely will face "difficult policy choices" soon.

"I don't think that the economy is doing well at the moment and we certainly understand that they are using reserves in a very significant amount," the IMF managing director said in an interview with CNN's Spanish-language network.

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Oil Rises after Iran Nuclear Talks Stall

Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday after marathon talks in Geneva aimed at convincing Iran to halt its disputed nuclear program ended without an agreement, analysts said.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for December delivery, was up 15 cents to $94.75 in afternoon trade, while Brent North Sea crude for December rose 42 cents to $105.54.

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China Shoppers Embrace Online Spending Spree for singletons

Chinese shoppers spent billions of dollars online Monday, data showed, as they took advantage of discounts offered on Singles Day, a festival created by e-tailers to persuade the loveless to console themselves with retail therapy.

November 11 -- or 11.11 -- was proclaimed as "singles' day", because of the number of ones in the date, with sellers promoting discounts to the nation's singletons.

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Qatari Fund Invests in BlackBerry

A Qatari sovereign wealth fund was among a small group of investors who recently contributed $1 billion to Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, U.S. securities filings showed Friday.

Qatar Holding LLC joined the group led by BlackBerry's largest shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings Inc. in making the cash infusion after the company abandoned hopes of finding a buyer earlier this month.

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Indian Hotels Abandons $1.2- Billion Orient-Express Bid

Indian Hotels, an arm of the giant Tata Group, has abandoned a $1.2-billion offer to buy Orient-Express Hotels, marking its second unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Bermuda-based luxury global chain.

Indian Hotels Co Ltd (IHCL) made the unsolicited offer last October for Orient-Express, whose name comes from the iconic trans-European train, as it sought to boost its global hospitality presence.

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China October Industrial Output Rises 10.3% on-Year

China's industrial output accelerated in October, retail sales showed a solid gain, and inflation was stable as the world's second-largest economy showed early signs of fourth-quarter strength.

The 10.3 percent year-on-year gain in production at China's factories, workshops and mines announced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) marks a marginal acceleration from September, when the indicator showed an increase of 10.2 percent.

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