Unilever's Emerging-Market Growth Slows

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Unilever flagged a further slowdown in emerging markets, even as first-half profit grew on the back of a number of disposals.

EasyJet Profit Forecast Disappoints

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EasyJet said it expects pretax profit to rise as much as 19% this year despite the impact on travel from turmoil in Israel, Egypt and Moscow, but the airline's shares dropped as the forecast fell short of analysts' hopes.

Qualcomm Profit Rises; Company Notes 'Challenges' in China

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Qualcomm's third-quarter profit rose 42% and the San Diego-based company on Wednesday also increased its full-year earnings outlook.

Kingfisher Shares Fall on Weak Trading in France, Poland

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Shares in Kingfisher dropped more than 7% after the European home improvement retailer said trading had been slower than anticipated, particularly in France and Poland

Newcrest Warns on Write-Downs

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Newcrest Mining's new chief executive warned of another possible multibillion-dollar write-down of assets, testing the patience of investors already unnerved by weakening metal prices and a recent penalty for disclosure breaches.

Nokia Swings to Profit

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Finland's mobile-network maker Nokia said its expectations for 2014 have improved, as its financial performance in the latest quarter was helped by the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

SABMiller Beer Volumes Rise

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The world's No. 2 brewer SABMiller said sales and beer volumes rose steadily in the first three months of its financial year, buoyed by strong growth in Africa and Europe.

Facebook Answers Critics With Mobile-Ad Surge

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Facebook reported that profit more than doubled and revenue topped estimates for the ninth straight quarter. About 62% of Facebook's ad revenue now comes from advertising on mobile devices.

Investors Bank on Sugar Squeeze

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Many investors are sticking to their bullish bets on sugar, anticipating that a sharp drop in Brazilian output will curb global supply growth.

U.S. Seeks New Rules for Rail-Shipped Fuel

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The U.S. government wants to phase out thousands of railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and ethanol within two years, as part of proposed rules to upgrade safety for trains carrying flammable fuels.

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