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By Valentina Za and Sudip Kar-Gupta MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's Luxottica and France's Essilor have agreed a 46 billion euro ($49 billion) merger to create a global eyewear powerhouse with annual revenue of more than 15 billion euros. The all-share deal is one of Europe's largest cross-border tie-ups and brings together Luxottica, the world's top spectacles maker with brands such as Ray-Ban and Oakley, with leading lens manufacturer Essilor. "Finally ... two products which are naturally complementary -- namely frames and lenses -- will be designed, manufactured and distributed under the same roof," Luxottica's 81-year-old founder Leonardo Del Vecchio said in a statement on Monday.
BEIJING (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its growth forecast for China but warned that rising debt which has prompted concern about the country's finances increases the risk of a sharper slowdown.