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Oil edges up, but still set for biggest first-half fall since 1990s

OilpricesedgeduponFriday,recoveringsomeoftheirsteeplossesmadethisweek,butcruderemainedoncourseforitsworstfirst-halfdeclineinalmosttwodecadesasproductioncutshave

France to stop granting oil exploration licences, says energy minister

FrenchenergyministerNicolasHulotsaidonFridaythegovernmentplannedtopresentadraftlawthisautumnthatwouldstopgrantinglicencesforoilandgasexploitationinFranceandover

China bluechips end at 18-month high, buoyed by MSCI inclusion

ChinastocksroseonFridaytoendtheweekhigher,onsignstightliquidityiseasingandwithsentimentliftedbyUSindexproviderMSCI'sdecisiontoincludeA-sharesinakeyindex.Theblue

Toshiba stock listing status downgraded, deeper losses flagged

Crisis-wrackedToshibaCorpsufferedfurtherindignitiesonFriday,estimatingbiggerlossesforthepastfinancialyearandgettingdemotedtothesecondsectionoftheTokyoStockExcha

US companies finding niche markets

OceanSpraydidn'trealizethatdriedcranberrieswouldbesopopularwithyoungwomenwhenitmovedintotheChinesemarkettwoyearsago.TheUS-basedfoodandbeveragecompanywasoneofawi

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