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Daily briefing: Merkel’s marred win, new US travel ban, the art of self-deprecation

Result will keep German chancellor at the heart of European affairs but there could be [...]

Euro sell-off in wake of German poll seen as short-lived

But traders’ sense of political risk will linger as Merkel forms a shakier [...]

New Zealand flights return to normal after pipeline repairs

Airlines at Auckland Airport will receive more jet fuel supplies after a burst pipe was [...]

Walt Disney threatens to pull ESPN, ABC from Optimum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co has threatened to pull its programming from the fourth largest U.S. cable distributor, Altice USA, if the two parties cannot reach a deal before the end of the month, the cable company said on Sunday.

Oil holds gains as producers say market rebalancing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil prices stood little changed on Monday, keeping most of their gains from the previous session to hold near their highest levels in months, as major producers meeting in Vienna said the market was well on its way towards rebalancing.

Euro, kiwi slip on political uncertainties, Asia shares fall

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro slipped on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term but faced a fractured parliament as support for the far-right surged, while Asian shares pulled back, weighed by concerns about China’s economy.

Emerging markets poised to lead pack on renewable energy

Developing nations eclipse richer rivals as falling costs cut need for [...]

Labour pledges law to cut credit card debt

The party says it would limit the amount of interest that could be charged on credit card [...]

Chinese consumers see economy in top shape 

FTCR Consumer Index dips in September but still third-highest reading on [...]

Euro and kiwi slip on political news, Asia shares track Wall Street

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro slipped on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in a weekend election, but faced leading a much less stable coalition in a fractured parliament as support for the far-right party surged.

Japan flash manufacturing PMI hits 4-month high

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Scottish Power says electric cars and a shift to electric heating could mean a big rise in demand for [...]

Women’s retirement reform pledged by Labour

Hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s would be offered the option of a state pension at [...]

Gender pay gap widens for managers

For the UK’s 3.3 million managers, men earn more than a quarter more on average than [...]

Denim double down

The US clothing firm is now enjoying five years of profit growth as it recovers from past [...]

Not so fantastic?

Cheap plastic has become ubiquitous, but we need to get better at recycling [...]

CEO Secrets: ‘If we soften up, our readers will go’

Known as the Private Eye of the tech world The Register loves to satirise industry giants – and it’s paying [...]

Malaysia’s consumer recovery to benefit banks

Household loan growth to pick up, adding to strength of business loan [...]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn urges caution on single market

The Labour leader says staying a member could limit the government’s powers to invest in [...]

Uber seeks talks with London mayor to renew licence

Taxi app firm says it is willing to change, as Tories clash with Labour and unions over Uber’s [...]

EU seeks more protection for Uber-style jobs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the “gig economy”, and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality.

Swiss voters reject pension reforms

Central bank disputes: Yellen versus Borio

A celebrity listing crashes Japanese exchange’s party

TOKYO (Reuters) – On Japan’s newest exchange, fame can pay off. That may not be so great for investors though.

Uber appeal, Brexit talks, H&M results

The car-hailing app challenges a landmark court ruling on [...]

Beijing effort and inflation push China debt load down

First fall in debt-to-GDP ratio since 2011 as corporate liabilities [...]

Fidget spinners and squishies: some Toys ‘R’ Us toymakers cut ties

(Reuters) – This summer, toy supplier Product Launchers delivered 100,000 specially ordered DC Comics fidget spinners to Toys ‘R’ Us, unaware that the biggest U.S. toy store chain was in financial trouble.

Lufthansa seen offering to pay 200 million euros for Air Berlin assets: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A Lufthansa bid price of 200 million euros ($239 million) to buy assets from insolvent Air Berlin plus 100 million euros to meet operating costs is roughly correct, a source familiar with the talks said on Sunday.

Jeremy Corbyn ‘would repeal Trade Union Act’

The Labour leader told Andrew Marr he supported workers asking for a decent public sector pay [...]

Missing marvel

Tim Harford chose 50 essential inventions that shaped the modern economy, but what should be the [...]

A private solution for China’s zombie company problem? Unlikely

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s latest push to revive its bloated state-owned sector is set to pick up pace this year, with bankers and investors expecting possible spin-offs and asset sales to follow a key Communist Party Congress in October.

Uber ready to make concessions to reverse London license decision: paper

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. taxi firm Uber is prepared to make concessions as it seeks to reverse a decision by London authorities not to renew its license in the city, which represents a potentially big blow for the fast-growing company, a newspaper reported.

Lufthansa offering to pay 200 million euros for Air Berlin: BamS

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa is offering to pay 200 million euros ($239 million) to buy its insolvent smaller rival Air Berlin and is prepared to pay up to 100 million euros to meet operating costs to keep the airline going in the interim, newspaper Bild am Sonntag (BamS) said on Sunday.

NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement intensified on Saturday although U.S. negotiators looked set to once again withhold proposals for one of the Trump administration’s most challenging issues.

Uber, reviving old tactic, is backed by more than 500,000 in London row

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) – Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours backing Uber’s bid to stay on the roads of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators.

NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. set to unveil demands on key issues

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement looked set to intensify on Saturday as U.S. negotiators prepared for the first time to unveil their demands on some of the Trump administration’s most challenging issues.

Uber London licence: ‘Direct anger at firm’ says mayor

Sadiq Khan defends the decision to strip Uber of its London licence after a petition gets 500,000 [...]

Half a million sign petition supporting Uber in London

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) – Half a million people have signed an online petition in under 24 hours backing Uber’s bid to stay on roads of London, showing the company is turning to its tried-and-tested tactic of asking customers for help when it locks horns with regulators.

Britain’s minister for London slams ‘blanket ban’ on Uber

LONDON (Reuters) – A British government minister has criticized the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the U.S. technology firm that has become a big player in the city’s transport system.

UK credit rating downgraded by Moody’s

Rating agency cites concerns about the UK’s public finances and economic uncertainty around [...]

How this family shop lasted 150 years

The secrets of a hardware store which opened in 1867 and is still going [...]

Wells Fargo hires new law firm to prepare CEO for Senate appearance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co. has hired law firm Sidley Austin to take the lead in preparing Chief Executive Tim Sloan for his appearance before the U.S. Congress next month to answer questions about a year-long sales practices scandal, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision.

Take Five: World markets themes for the week ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.

Shorting volatility: Rising risks mean itchier trigger fingers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A long stretch of low volatility for U.S. stocks has made betting on continued calm a popular and lucrative trade, but traders and strategists warn that risks to the trade have mounted, while the potential for profits has shrunk.

Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint close to agreeing on deal terms – sources

(Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp , people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.