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U.S. jobless claims drop sharply to near 15-year low

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to its lowest level in nearly 15 years, adding to bullish signals on the labor market.

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Ford profit beats estimates, but European outlook worsens

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co on Thursday said it would keep relying on North America for its profit this year as the No. 2 U.S. automaker signaled that losses in Europe would be more than previously forecast.

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Volkswagen could save much more than five billion euro at core brand: labor chief

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen ought to be able to cut costs at its troubled passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW's works council chief said.

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Brent oil holds above $48 after U.S. stocks hit record high

LONDON - Brent oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as speculator buying on hopes for a price rebound offset data showing record-high U.S. crude stocks.

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Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets for earnings and sales.

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Campbell Soup to rejig business according to product categories

- Soup and snacks maker Campbell Soup Co said it plans to reorganize its business on the lines of product categories instead of geographies or brands.

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