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  • By Pascale Denis and Astrid Wendlandt. PARIS, Oct 8- France's 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.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Spain does not need euro zone financial help because its problems stem from the banking sector and the country is already getting a loan to recapitalise its financial sector, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

  • Egypt's new president gives himself high grades Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    But the speech in many ways was also as much about style as it was about substance, and the 61- year-old Morsi, the first freely elected president in Egypt's history, used his address to project the image of an energetic leader in touch with the needs of the people.

  • *Plan could see Fnac spin-off or initial public offering. By Pascale Denis and Astrid Wendlandt. PARIS, Oct 8- France's PPR will exit its declining Fnac music and book retailer to focus on its more profitable luxury and sports brands, such as Gucci and Puma, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • *Oil dips below $112 as World Bank cuts Asian growth outlook. Several big companies, including FedEx and Hewlett-Packard, have issued profit warnings before the earnings season which starts on Tuesday.

  • EU mergers and takeovers (Oct 8) Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP to buy photo agency Getty Images Inc from private equity firm Hellman& Friedman LLC.

  • RPT-Selling Irish business not an option - KBC CEO Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Belgian banking group KBC. "It is presently not an option to sell our Irish business," Chief Executive Johan Thijs told a press conference on Monday. KBC recorded 136 million euros in loan loss provisions in its Irish business during the second quarter, down from 195 million in the first quarter.

  • Selling Irish business not an option - KBC CEO Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Belgian banking group KBC. "It is presently not an option to sell our Irish business," Chief Executive Johan Thijs told a press conference on Monday. KBC recorded 136 million euros in loan loss provisions in its Irish business during the second quarter, down from 195 million in the first quarter.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Belgian banking group KBC. KBC, which took 7 billion euros from Belgium and the region of Flanders during the 2008-09 financial crisis, needs to repay 4.67 billion euros of principal, plus penalties, by the end of 2013..

  • Hutchison, EU to talk on Orange Austria bid-source Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:01 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Hutchison 3 G will seek to convince doubting EU regulators of the merits of its 1.3- billion-euro bid for France Telecom's.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Euro zone finance ministers will launch their 500 billion euro permanent bailout fund on Monday, putting in place a major defence against the debt crisis that now threatens Spain.

  • European shares fall on Asian growth concerns Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:30 AM ET

    *World Bank cuts growth view on East Asia/Pacific. LONDON, Oct 8- European shares fell early on Monday, surrendering most of the previous session's gains on a downgraded growth outlook for Asia and as investors started to position for a weak earnings season.

  • *Oil dips below $112 as World Bank cut Asian growth outlook* Euro edges down 0.4 pct to $1.2970. The World Bank cut its estimate for East Asian growth including for China, and this has undone some of the positive sentiment that followed Friday's sharp drop in U.S. unemployment for September.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe rise over 300 mcm/day Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:21 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 8- Norwegian gas exports to Europe rose on Monday morning from the previous day as production from a major gas processing plant has reached full capacity, gas system operator Gassco said. Exports to Europe including Britain rose by 18.9 million cubic metres to 312.9 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 294 mcm daily average on Sunday.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- European shares traded lower early on Monday, surrendering some of the strong gains made in the previous sessions, as weak economic estimates for Asia hurt sentiment and investors start to position for a weak earnings season.

  • BRIEF-Punch International replaces CEO Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:23 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 8- Punch International NV:.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:28 AM ET

    Britain will block the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if key "red line" priorities are not met, defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday, just three days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- EU regulators will decide next year whether to fine Danish drugmaker Lundbeck and French peer Servier for blocking the entry of cheaper generic medicines into the market, the EU's antitrust chief said on Monday.

  • Charles Voegele may receive takeover bid-paper Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:53 AM ET

    ZURICH, Oct 7- Investors are preparing a takeover offer for loss-making Swiss clothing chain Charles Voegele, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The interested part was a retailer from Southern Europe with international ambitions, Der Sonntag said, citing sources close to investors.

  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 4:51 AM ET
    The 'Europe' sculpture by Belgian artist May Claerhout, showing a woman holding up the symbol of the Euro, stands outside the European Parliament building on November 22, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

    Europe may be pushing for fiscal and banking union to fight its debt crisis, but many richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors, are now calling for independence. The New York Times reports.