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FRANKFURT, Oct 4- BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, increased sales of its flagship BMW brand in China by 55 percent in September to roughly 27,000 vehicles, the company said on Thursday. In the first nine months, China sales gained 32.7 percent to 219,800 vehicles. Audi meanwhile reported China sales rose 20 percent to 35,512 vehicles last month.
HONG KONG-- A show of concern by Beijing over a boat collision that killed dozens of people in Hong Kong this week has backfired, further damaging the Communist government's image in the former British colony.
BERLIN-- Daimler AG says its main Mercedes-Benz brand saw global sales grow 2 percent in year-on-year terms in September as growth in the U.S. and Asia offset a decline in western Europe. Sales in the Asia-Pacific region were up 7.8 percent to 30,992, led by growth of 18 percent in Japan and 10 percent in China.
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*Unrest in Turkey- Syria raises regional security worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose above $109 per barrel on Thursday as escalating tensions between Syria and Turkey raised more concerns over the security of oil supplies from the Middle East.
Wednesday's clashes between police and supporters of the opposition Ata Zhurt party were the most violent in the capital Bishkek since the April 2010 revolt that ousted then-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. "Parliament, the president, the government should resign, because they are not resolving the Kumtor issue," one demonstrator shouted through a megaphone.
*Island row taking toll on sales for Japan automakers. Violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products broke out across China in mid-September after Japan bought two of the East China Sea islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, from their private owners.
LONDON, Oct 4- The activists who have protested in recent months at the tax arrangements of some leading British companies are united with many politicians in wanting to cut corporate tax avoidance.
The European Central Bank is not expected to cut rates at the monthly policy making session despite weaker economic data, but was seen likely to be pressed on negotiations with Spain over its financing needs in the news conference which follows.
*Japan smelter offers $85 a tonne for 2013 vs $100 for 2012* Top producer Codelco said to be mulling $105 a tonne. TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's biggest copper smelter, Pan Pacific Copper, is in talks with buyers in China to slash its term premium for 2013 shipments by 15 percent from this year, a source familiar with the matter said, as demand slows in the metal's top consumer.
FRANKFURT, Oct 4- Volkswagen's premium brand Audi increased sales in China by 20 percent to 35,512 vehicles in September, the company said on Thursday. China, where Audi is the leading premium carmaker, is the brand's single largest market. Audi competes closely with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
*Japan smelter offers $85 a tonne for 2013 vs $100 for 2012. TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's biggest copper smelter, Pan Pacific Copper, is in talks with buyers in China to slash its term premium for 2013 shipments by 15 percent from last year, a source familiar with the matter said, as demand slows in the metal's top consumer.
HONG KONG, Oct 4- Asian credit spreads continued to grind tighter on the back of strong technicals despite investors turning slightly more cautious ahead of central bank meetings in Europe and Japan.
HONG KONG, Oct 4- Strong growth in the offshore yuan bond market is luring more global issuers to tap the nascent market, yet Beijing's tight grip over the repatriation of proceeds to mainland China remains a key concern, Royal Bank of Scotland said on Thursday.
SYDNEY-- A Chinese billionaire has made an Australian dollars 830 million takeover offer for Botswana copper miner Discovery Metals Ltd..
*FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.
*HSBC up 1.8 pct, contributes one-third of HSI gain. HONG KONG, Oct 4- Hong Kong shares rose slightly on Thursday as financials, led by index heavyweight HSBC, helped offset weakness in oil producers hurt by lower crude prices and in Macau casino stocks that fell on weak gambling revenue.
*Spain expected to ask for euro zone financial bailout. *Unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria raise geopolitical worries. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil rose towards $109 per barrel on Thursday as expectations Spain would seek a bailout and better U.S. data encouraged investors back into riskier assets such as oil and commodities.
TOKYO, Oct 4- Government officials from China and South Korea are expected to participate in the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Tokyo next week, a Japanese government official said, despite territorial rows over disputed islands.
Indonesian retailer PT Modern International Tbk is looking to raise up to $92 million from a rights offering and shareholder placement in October, IFR reported on Thursday. Modern International plans to sell 959.7 million rights shares on a three-for-10 basis at an indicative price range of 450- 550 rupiah per share.