Company Results & Outlooks

UPDATE 4-Schlumberger & Baker Hughes results point to improving North America

* Schlumberger first-quarter profit $1.21/share vs est. $1.20

European shares end higher on upbeat U.S. company results

LONDON, April 17 - European equities finished higher on Thursday after losing ground earlier in the session, with upbeat results from major U.S. companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improving sentiment.

European shares up on encouraging U.S. company results

* FTSEurofirst 300 gains 0.4 percent after falling earlier

UPDATE 3-Mulberry sees rocky road ahead as it reverts to lower-priced handbags

* British luxury brand to drop strategy of moving upmarket

Regulatory News 17 Apr 2014

Strong European currencies eat into company profits

* Some executives say can live with current exchange rates

17 Apr 2014

UPDATE 2-Diageo, Remy Cointreau crimped by Chinese sobriety

* Diageo, Remy shares down 4 percent (Adds details on Remy, comments, bullet points, byline)

17 Apr 2014

European shares fall as strong euro, China weakness hits earnings

* FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.4 pct

European shares hit by China weakness in luxury drink sales

* FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct

UPDATE 1-Russian retailer Lenta posts higher sales growth

* Lenta says no major change in consumer behaviour (Adds CEO comments, background, share price)

17 Apr 2014

UPDATE 1-Eurasia Drilling Q1 sales down on rouble, restructuring

MOSCOW, April 17 - Russia's biggest oilfield services company Eurasia Drilling Co (EDC) reported a 12-percent fall in first-quarter revenues on Thursday on a weaker rouble and changes in its clients.

17 Apr 2014
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