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UPDATE 1-Cyber Monday sales top $3 bln as discounts spur buyers

IBM's Watson Trend report said mobile traffic accounted for 47.9 percent of all online traffic, compared with 41.2 percent last year. The average order value from online shoppers was $123.43, down 0.6 percent from last year, IBM said, mainly due to a rise in mobile shoppers. Even though there was a big increase in usage and purchases, conversion rates were "...
Source: Reuters | By: Sruthi Ramakrishnan and Subrat Patnaik
EXCLUSIVE-KKR, Thoma Bravo, Vista eye $4 bln Dell assets -sources

Dec 1- Buyout firms KKR& Co LP, Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are competing for $4 billion worth of Dell Inc's assets, people familiar with the matter said, as the computer maker steps up asset sales. Divesting these assets would help Dell bolster its balance sheet after it agreed in October to buy data storage company EMC Corp for $67...
Source: Reuters | By: Liana B. Baker and Greg Roumeliotis
UPDATE 1-Ireland slashes budget deficit forecast on bumper tax take

DUBLIN, Dec 1- Ireland slashed its year-end budget deficit forecast on Tuesday to 1.7 percent of gross domestic product from 2.1 percent, as the tax take in Europe's fastest growing economy far exceeded expectations in November. That would leave Ireland with a deficit close to half the 3 percent target set under its EU-IMF bailout in 2010, which rescued the...
Source: Reuters | By: Conor Humphries
Cyber Monday sales top $3 bln as discounts spur buyers

Dec 1- Americans bought more than $3 billion worth of goods on Cyber Monday, a leading survey showed, as bigger-than-expected discounts and strong demand for electronics and toys added up to the biggest ever day for U.S. online sales. Top-selling items included Lego Star Wars, the Barbie Dream House, Samsung 4 k television sets and Apple Inc's iPad Mini.
Source: Reuters | By: Sruthi Ramakrishnan and Subrat Patnaik
UPDATE 1-Nigerian assembly passes $2.9 bln extra budget, mostly for gasoline

ABUJA, Dec 1- Nigeria's national assembly on Tuesday approved a supplementary budget for 2015 of 574.53 billion naira, mainly to cover fuel subsidies and ensure gasoline supplies across the vast country into the new year. Despite being Africa's biggest oil producer, Nigeria imports almost all its gasoline needs because its refineries have been neglected for...
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UPDATE 2-Billionaire Platt closes $8 bln hedge fund firm BlueCrest to outside investors

LONDON, Dec 1- BlueCrest Capital Management, the $8 billion hedge fund firm founded by billionaire Michael Platt, is returning all the cash provided by outside investors amid pressure on fees, rising costs and a lackluster performance. The decision, which follows an exodus of capital in recent years and disappointing returns relative to some rivals, is a shock...
Source: Reuters | By: Simon Jessop
China c.bank lends 100.3 bln yuan via medium-term facility in Nov

BEIJING, Dec 1- China's central bank said on Tuesday it had extended 100.3 billion yuan of loans to 11 financial institutions under a medium-term lending facility in November. The total outstanding amount of such lending facility loans was 695.8 billion yuan at end-November, the central bank said. The central bank also conducted overnight standing lending...
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China c.bank lends banks 51.75 bln yuan in pledged supplementary loans in Nov

BEIJING, Dec 1- China's central bank said it disbursed 51.75 billion yuan worth of pledged supplementary loans, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent, to banks in November. The central bank said in a statement on its website that there were 1.08 trillion yuan worth of PSL in the banking system at the end of November. The latest PSL exercise was aimed at supporting...
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UPDATE 1-Qatar launches $5.5 bln, 5-yr loan into syndication - sources

DUBAI/ LONDON, Dec 1- The government of Qatar has invited banks to provide it with a $5.5 billion loan, sources aware of the matter said on Tuesday, as Doha became the latest Gulf government to seek funds with its finances pressured by low energy prices. The five-year loan is smaller than the amount of up to $10 billion which bankers said last month that the government...
Source: Reuters | By: Archana Narayanan and Sandrine Bradley