Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods
CHICAGO, March 31 - Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.
March 31 - The Canadian government, under pressure to eliminate its budget deficit, has reduced the frequency of inspections at certain Alberta meat-packing plants and plans to cut spending on food safety, the food inspectors' union said on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI, March 31 - India's cabinet cleared a new ordinance on land purchases on Tuesday, government officials said, extending measures to make transactions easier that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unable to get onto the statute book.
PARIS, March 31 - Galeries Lafayette said on Tuesday it planned to close at least two loss-making department stores in France as it saves cash to expand abroad in the face of weak demand at home and to beef up ecommerce sales.
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MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex posted its worst monthly fall in more than two years, raising concerns a strong rally that saw indexes surge in the fiscal year was waning due to concerns about stock valuations and a more gradual economic growth.