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APEC to discuss growth of small, midsize companies

GIFU, Japan - Ministers and senior officials in charge of small and medium-sized enterprises from Pacific Rim economies will gather in the central Japanese city of Gifu on Saturday to explore avenues for helping such companies expand globally.

At the end of a two-day meeting, representatives from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum plan to release a joint statement on enhancing growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in the medium to long terms.

September new car sales in U.S. rebound with sizable 28.5% rise

NEW YORK - New car sales in the United States rebounded sharply in September, with many major automakers posting double-digit yearly increases, a U.S. research firm said Friday.

Overall new car sales in the U.S. market totaled 958,966 units in the reporting month, jumping 28.5 percent from a year earlier, when sales plunged following the end of a government rebate program aimed at promoting fuel-efficient vehicles, according to Autodata Corp.

Campbell to visit Japan on Wednesday: State Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell will visit Japan on Wednesday prior to his trip to South Korea the next day, the State Department said Friday.

Campbell, the top U.S. diplomat in charge of U.S. diplomacy toward East Asia, is expected to discuss the situation in North Korea and other bilateral and regional issues when he meets with Japanese and South Korean officials.

N.Y. stocks rebound on favorable economic data

NEW YORK - New York stocks rebounded Friday on favorable economic data in China as well as in the United States.

The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 47.23 points Thursday, gained 41.63 points to finish at 10,829.68.

Dollar falls to lower 83 yen, hits 8-month low against euro in N.Y.

NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar dropped to the lower 83 yen level and hit an eight-month low against the euro in New York on Friday amid persistent speculation about further U.S. credit easing.

At 5 p.m., the dollar changed hands at 83.17-27 yen, compared with 83.33-34 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Friday. The euro fetched $1.3786-3796 and 114.73-83 yen versus $1.3679-3681 and 113.99-114.03 yen late Friday in Tokyo.

Crude oil futures hit 2-month closing high at $81 level

NEW YORK - Crude oil futures continued advancing Friday to register a two-month closing high at the $81 per barrel level in New York on growing expectations of higher demand for energy amid optimism over the global economy.

The key November-delivery futures for West Texas Intermediate crude climbed $1.61 from the previous day to $81.58 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest closing level since early August.

Gold futures close at new high above $1,317

NEW YORK - Gold futures set a record closing high Friday in New York to end above $1,317 an ounce for the first time.

Gold futures for December delivery jumped $8.20 from the previous day to close at $1,317.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after briefly soaring to $1,322.00.



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