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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The EU's antitrust chief said on Monday he hoped that Hutchison 3 G would propose sufficient concessions to ease regulatory concerns and allow clearance of its bid for France Telecom's Orange Austria.

  • *Germany, others say Spain does not need financial help. LUXEMBOURG, Oct 8- Euro zone finance ministers delivered a united defence of Spain on Monday, saying the country was taking steps to overhaul its economy, funding itself successfully in the financial markets and did not need a bailout, at least for now.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 8- European weather over the next few months should be near normal for autumn, with no major wet and windy spells, German meteorologist Georg Mueller said on Monday.

  • *Britain to adopt similar moves sooner. BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Commission may draw up rules for rescuing and closing down failing clearing houses and insurers, as regulators across the world seek to prevent collapsed businesses from wreaking havoc in financial markets.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 8- The European Union accused the United States of breaching confidentiality surrounding the filing of economically sensitive documents on the funding of the Airbus A350 in the latest twist to a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. "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..

  • 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.