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Decent end to 2013 for global services but uneven

LONDON - Services sector growth slowed sharply in China as 2013 drew to a close but picked up across most of Europe, suggesting still very uneven global economic performance even as most signs point to a strengthening U.S. revival. (ECONOMY-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 1) moved, by Ross Finley and Andy Bruce, 800 words)

+ See also:

- CHINA-ECONOMY/SERVICES-PMI (UPDATE 1), moved, 550 words

- EUROZONE/PMI FINAL, moved, 380 words

- PMI-SERVICES/BRITAIN, moved, by David Milliken, 650 words

China concerns hit stocks, gold rebound continues

LONDON - Concerns over a slowdown in China’s economy triggers a third day of falls for world shares and extends a spritely rebound in gold to leave it at a near three-week high. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 5, GRAPHIC), moved, by Marc Jones, 825 words)

+ See also:

- MARKETS-TURKEY/LIRA (UPDATE 1), moved, 360 words

Euro zone - reasons to be wary in 2014

LONDON - Last year was the least tumultuous for the euro zone since Greece revealed a vast hole in its books back in 2009. The consensus is that 2014 will be just as calm - a view held by some who were predicting the currency bloc’s demise little more than a year ago. (EUROZONE-ECONOMY/ (ANALYSIS), moved, by Mike Peacock, 880 words)

+ See also:

- EUROZONE/SENTIX, moved, 100 words

UK to cut welfare budget again as election approaches

LONDON - British finance minister George Osborne announces major cuts to the country’s welfare spending as he warns voters that the economic recovery could not be taken for granted. (BRITAIN-OSBORNE/BUDGET (UPDATE 1), moved, by William Schomberg, 500 words)

INSIGHT

Turkey’s building boom in spotlight as graft probe swirls

ISTANBUL - Look closely on a clear day, and the silhouette of Istanbul’s historic peninsula, its minarets puncturing the sky, has changed for the first time in centuries. (TURKEY-CORRUPTION/CONSTRUCTION (INSIGHT), expect by 1500 GMT/10 AM ET, by Nick Tattersall, 1,475 words)

INVESTMENT

No bonanza yet for big funds from new rules to cut risk

LONDON - If pension funds, insurers and sovereign wealth funds were hoping to cash in on lending “high quality” assets to those scrambling to meet tougher collateral requirements in 2014, they are likely to be disappointed. (REGULATION COLLATERAL/FUNDS, moved, by Simon Jessop, 860 words)

UK reporting rule change exposes transatlantic cultural gap

LONDON - As investors prepare to digest the latest round of company earnings figures, Britain’s move to scrap the quarterly reporting requirement has revealed a divergence of opinion between the domestic and U.S. investment communities. (QUARTERLY-REPORTING/, moved, by Jemima Kelly, 800 words)

ECONOMY

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Janet Yellen as Fed chair

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate, kicking off its 2014 session, intends to waste no time making history as it moves to approve Janet Yellen to be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. (USA-FED/YELLEN, moved, 375 words)

German annual inflation accelerates in December

BERLIN - German annual inflation accelerates in line with expectations by 0.1 percentage points to 1.4 percent in December albeit remaining below the European Central Bank’s euro zone target of close to but just below 2 percent, preliminary data shows. (GERMANY-INFLATION/, moved, 100 words)

China bond issues vanish as debt crackdown takes hold

SHANGHAI - Concern about China’s debt load is mounting, but there are signs that higher interest rates may finally be helping the country get to grips with the wasteful investment and excessive borrowing that has fuelled the economy since the global financial crisis. (CHINA-DEBT/ (PICTURE), moved, by Gabriel Wildau, 1,000 words)

Portugal business confidence marks full-year rise

LISBON - Portugal’s business confidence edges up in December, marking one straight year of monthly improvements from record lows hit in December 2012 as the bailed out economy starts to recover from its worst recession since the 1970s. (PORTUGAL-CONFIDENCE/, moved, 200 words)

COMPANIES

Deutsche Bank under pressure over Libor criticism

FRANKFURT - Deutsche Bank faces pressure to replace senior investment bankers after a leaked report from watchdog BaFin slammed Deutsche for not acting decisively over the probe into manipulation of benchmark interest rates. (DEUTSCHEBANK-REGULATION/, expect by 1500 GMT/10 AM ET, by Thomas Atkins, 500 words)

Men’s Wearhouse bid for Jos. A. Bank turns hostile

Apparel retailer Men’s Wearhouse Inc mounts a hostile bid for rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc with a raised offer of about $1.6 billion, days after the smaller rival tightened its buyout defences. (JOSABANK-MENSWEARHOUSE/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 435 words)

Likely US listing to sideline Italy for Fiat-Chrysler group

MILAN/DETROIT - Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne’s merger of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler will probably entail a U.S. share listing that cements North America as the group’s new centre of gravity and further sidelines Italy. (FIAT-CHRYSLER/, moved, by Agnieszka Flak and Deepa Seetharaman, 1,060 words)

Spain’s Telefonica denies readying joint bid for TIM Brasil

MADRID/MILAN - Spain’s Telefonica denies that it is involved in looking at making a joint offer for Telecom Italia’s Brazilian wireless network operator TIM Brasil. (TELEFONICA-BRAZIL/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 335 words)

Arla brings in more UK dairy farmers as deregulation looms

LONDON - Dairy cooperative Arla Foods has nearly doubled the number of British farmers that are owners in its business as the company works to raise sales in international markets like Africa and China, where demand for dairy products is growing. (ARLA-FARMERS/, moved, by Martinne Geller, 500 words)

Sponsor P&G sets more modest target for Winter Games

LONDON - With the Winter Olympics only a month away, Procter & Gamble - one of the event’s leading sponsors - launches its main advertising campaign, seeking a more modest return than from the summer games in London 18 months ago. (OLYMPICS-P&G/SPONSOR, moved, by Keith Weir, 415 words)

See also:

- BALFOURBEATTY/, moved, 200 words

FEATURE

App developers see wearable devices as next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO - Wearable computers like Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch may not have caught fire yet, but that hasn’t stopped mobile game developers from rushing to create apps for the new devices, eager to seize what they hope is the next big moment in consumer technology. (WEARABLE-GAMING/ (FEATURE, PICTURE), moved, by Malathi Nayak, 1,100 words)

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