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  • BEIJING-- China's auto sales shrank in September as a territorial dispute with Tokyo prompted buyers to avoid Japanese brands, hurting already weakening demand. In September, sales of Japanese vehicles plunged as the dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea prompted buyers to avoid Japanese showrooms.

  • WASHINGTON-- Car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years may have had dangerous counterfeit bags installed, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.

  • *Palladium suffers as China monthly auto sales weaken By Clare Hutchison. The International Monetary Fund's financial counsellor said on Wednesday that the fund was encouraged by Spain's attempts to reduce its budget deficit, dashing hopes that Madrid would soon apply for aid.

  • The PIMCO Total Return Fund, the world's largest mutual fund with about $278 billion in assets, attracted roughly $6.25 billion in new money in the third quarter, according to Morningstar. Meanwhile, the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund was second with $4.45 billion in assets.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil fell towards $114 a barrel but remained close to a three-week high on Wednesday, as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

  • GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa, Oct 10- South Africa's economic outlook is deteriorating rapidly, with unrest in the mining sector and national transport strikes likely to lead to job losses, central bank governor Gill Marcus said on Wednesday.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 10- Russia delayed delivery of a trouble-plagued aircraft carrier for at least a year on Friday, a blow to India's efforts to quickly build up naval strength as increasingly assertive Asian rival China expands its maritime reach.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 10- China's leading ports saw their container volumes rise strongly in September from a year earlier, offering first clues that overall trade in the world's second-largest economy may have picked up last month.

  • Alcoa kicked off the latest round with a warning that demand for aluminum was lower than anticipated largely because of a slowdown in China. Alcoa's warning about global demand came as the International Monetary Fund lowered its global growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent from the previous estimate of 3.5 percent.

  • *China steel demand has not rebounded substantially- analyst. SHANGHAI, Oct 10- Baoshan Iron and Steel, China's largest listed steelmaker, will keep prices of its main products unchanged for a second straight month in November, surprising the market that was expecting a hike given recent gains in spot prices.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Oct 10- Vehicle sales in China fell 1.8 percent in September from a year earlier, as Japanese automakers' sales collapsed, adding to downward pressures from a slowing economy and rising fuel costs that have weighed on the world's biggest auto market.

  • Oct 10- The decision by the US House Intelligence Committee to label Huawei and ZTE as threats to US national security- largely on the premise of potential Chinese state influence- underlines once again the difficulties facing the Chinese telecom equipment makers as they seek to expand across major developed markets.

  • Indeed the reception to the four deals that priced last night by Sunac China, United Overseas Bank, Syndicate Bank and Lifestyle suggest that there is still an enormous pool of funds that have to be put to work with only three months left of 2012..

  • Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 5,792.95. Stock markets in Asia also posted losses, with the exception of mainland China, where shares rose a day after posting big gains on hopes that Chinese authorities were preparing sizeable steps to help reverse the decline in growth in the world's second-largest economy.

  • 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.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 10- Russia delayed delivery of a trouble-plagued aircraft carrier for at least a year on Friday, a blow to India's efforts to quickly build up naval strength as increasingly assertive Asian rival China expands its maritime reach.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 10- China's Baoshan Iron& Steel, the country's biggest listed steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will keep main steel product prices unchanged for November bookings. The company will keep prices for hot-rolled coil and cold-rolled coil of most grades steady in November, the second month in a row it has done so.

  • *NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria. LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil rose above $114 a barrel on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.

  • PARIS, Oct 10- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.06 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.07 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.02 percent at 0830 GMT.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.2 percent, yo-yoing around 5,800. LONDON, Oct 10- Britain's top shares edged lower on Wednesday, tracking falls on Wall Street and in Asia on concerns over the global growth outlook, although gains in heavyweight miners and banks provided a floor under the FTSE 100 index around the 5,800 level. At 0805 GMT, the FTSE 100.