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  • Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 9 Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:11 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Oct 9- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Tuesday. The country's statistics office will publish August foreign trade balance data, 0700 GMT.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- European stocks are set to inch higher on Tuesday, halting the previous session's sell-off as expectations mount of further stimulus measures from China, although gains could be limited by broad worries over global growth and on whether or not Spain will request a bailout. ,for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were up 0.2-0.5 percent.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- Belgian chemicals and plastics group Tessenderlo said on Tuesday that it planned to sell its pharmaceutical ingredients business to private industrial holding International Chemical Investors Group.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday he expects BAE Systems and EADS. to announce before the London stock market opens on Wednesday whether to seek more time for talks on a $45 billion merger.

  • EU mergers and takeovers (Oct 9) Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firms First Reserve Management and SK Capital Partners to acquire indirect joint control of petrochemical product maker TPC.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The euro zone should have its own budget, which would be separate from the long-term budget of the wider European Union, draft conclusions of an EU summit to take place next week said. The Multiannual Financial Framework is the European Union's long-term budget which amounts to around 1 percent of the gross domestic product of the 27- nation bloc.

  • EU holds fire on ZTE, Huawei telecom trade case Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 9- The European Commission has delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment makers also under scrutiny in the United States, easing tensions between the European Union and its second-biggest trading partner.

  • *Sources say UK, France propose broad state voting cap. *Germany said to maintain demand for parity with France. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 9- France and Britain made a breakthrough over state shares in a merger between EADS and BAE Systems, making an extension of a deadline for negotiations more likely but putting the two nations on a collision course with Germany.

  • Ministers try to limit impact of defence cuts on NATO Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:11 AM ET

    *NATO seeks ways to make scarce funds go further. *NATO chief calls for rises in defence spending post-austerity. BRUSSELS, Oct 9- NATO ministers wrestled on Tuesday with how to prevent austerity-driven defence cuts in many member countries from undermining the power of the 63- year-old Western alliance.

  • UPDATE 3-Europe edges towards banking union Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    By John O'Donnell and Edward Taylor. LUXEMBOURG/ FRANKFURT, Oct 9- European Union ministers examined a proposal on Tuesday to limit planned new powers for the European Central Bank to supervise lenders, in a bid to allay the concerns of countries outside the euro zone over a new banking union.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 9 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:37 PM ET

    Reckitt Benckiser admitted that it had failed to disclose that its chief executive had pledged more than 7 million pounds of shares as collateral for a personal loan more than two years ago.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- LUXEMBOURG, Oct 8- Euro zone finance ministers met in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss Greece, Spain, Portugal and other issues related to the region's debt crisis.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The euro zone economy will shrink more than expected this year and barely grow in 2013 because of an escalation of the sovereign debt crisis, which will remain the main risk to growth, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

  • Euro zone approves 800 mln euros aid to Portugal Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 5:20 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Euro zone finance ministers signed off on a further tranche of financial aid to Portugal on Monday and said the country was working hard to put in place the budget cuts and structural economic adjustments demanded of it.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Commission wants to revive the European Union's declining manufacturing sector by asking countries to invest heavily in new technologies such as 3 D printing, says a leaked paper seen by Reuters.

  • Britain picks up 7 International Emmy nominations Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- British television productions received a leading seven International Emmy nominations Monday, including best actor and actress nods for Jason Isaacs in "Case Histories" and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in "The Runaway."

  • *Germany, others say Spain does not need financial help. LUXEMBOURG, Oct 8- Euro zone finance ministers launched their permanent 500 billion euro bailout fund on Monday but said Spain, the country widely expected to be first to draw on it, was taking steps to overhaul its economy and did not need a bailout for now. "Spain needs no aid programme.

  • By Pascale Denis and Astrid Wendlandt. PARIS, Oct 8- French group PPR plans to sell its declining Fnac music and book retailer, a source familiar with the matter said, to focus on its more profitable luxury and sports brands such as Gucci and Puma.

  • The European Commission, which oversees EU competition policy, has expressed concerns that the planned 1.3 billion euro deal would eliminate one of Austria's four main telecoms providers.

  • France's richest man to get honorary knighthood Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:44 AM ET

    LONDON-- He's taken heat for talking about moving from France to Belgium to avoid high taxes _ and now he's raising eyebrows with an honor from the British Queen. Bernard Arnault, the luxury goods chief who is France's wealthiest man, is set to receive an honorary knighthood in Britain.