LONDON-- Markets were subdued Wednesday as investors awaited a run of U.S. economic figures and after Spain's prime minister indicated his cash-strapped country would not request a bailout imminently.
LONDON, Oct 3- France's Areva has dropped out of the race to buy British nuclear new-build project Horizon, a source familiar with the deal said, three months after announcing it was bidding for it with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding.
Oct 3- Malaysia's exports probably fell further in August, hit by weaker demand in China for its electronic products and lower commodity prices, economists polled by Reuters said, leaving the country more dependent on domestic demand to support growth.
HONG KONG, Oct 3- Asian bond spreads tightened further on Wednesday as signs of a slowdown in Australia and China were taken by investors as a prelude to more stimulus, stoking bids for riskier, higher yielding assets.
*Germany needs to put up with higher inflation. BUDAPEST, Oct 3- The world economy will take at least 10 years to emerge from the financial crisis that began in 2008, the International Monetary Fund's Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard said in an interview published on Wednesday.
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*Brent crude slips under $111 a barrel* Euro trades around $1.29, little changed from U.S. levels* Markets await Spain's next move on bailout request By Richard Hubbard.
*FTSE 100 index falls 0.1 percent. LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's top share index edged lower on Wednesday, with weaker oil prices putting pressure on energy stocks, while retailers such as Tesco. At 0854 GMT, the FTSE 100 index.
The U.S. Labor Department will release employment data for September on Friday. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent to 5,801.45. Germany's DAX was less than 0.1 percent lower at 7,300.12 and France's CAC-40 lost 0.3 percent to 3,404.64.
BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Retail sales in the euro zone barely rose in August as motorists cut back on spending on fuel during the normally busy driving months of the European summer, reflecting the weak economy as it heads into recession.
Oct 3- As inflation has been under control, central banks across Southeast Asia are likely to continue supporting economic growth in the face of increased global risks from the euro debt crisis and signs of slowing in the United States and China. Asia inflation graphic: Asia inflation stories Asian central banks.
PARIS, Oct 3- European stocks dipped early on Wednesday, adding to the previous session's losses, as uncertainty surrounding a potential bailout for debt-stricken Spain and further signs of a slowdown in China rattled investors. At 0840 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300.
Oct 03- As tensions simmer between Japan and China amid a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islands, Japanese companies--which have been battling a strong yen and the global economic slowdown--now find themselves facing another problem, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said in a report published today.
*China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday, as weak data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to the gloom. Brent November crude futures had fallen 90 cents to $110.67 a barrel by 0830 GMT.
*China telecoms, AIA outperform, oil plays weak. Hong Kong, Oct 3- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday as strength in insurer AIA and telecom stocks helped to offset weakness in oil producers, which fell as crude prices skidded on worries over weak global growth.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian shares and the rouble extended losses on Wednesday, in reaction to lacklustre economic data in China and falling oil prices, with strong domestic services PMI data doing little to lift the market.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan-- Protesters clashed with police and tried to break into a building housing the parliament and government offices in Kyrgyzstan's capital Wednesday during a rally to demand the resignation of the prime minister and other top officials.
LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones down 0.2 percent, while contracts on the Nasdaq 100 were down 0.1 percent at 0751 GMT.
HONG KONG, Oct 3- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday, led by utilities and property developers, but gains were capped by weakness in energy stocks as oil prices skidded on worries over weak global growth. The Hong Kong market was also catching up to global gains after being closed on Monday and Tuesday for holidays.
*Brent crude slips under $111 a barrel* Euro trades under $1.29, little changed from U.S. levels. LONDON, Oct 3- European shares and oil fell on Wednesday after weak data from China and Australia deepened concerns about the global economy, while the euro held steady as traders waited for Spain's next move in solving its debt problems.