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  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- South Africa's seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index fell into contractionary territory in September, a survey showed on Monday, hitting its lowest level in 14 months and pointing to weak manufacturing production in the third quarter.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 1- Danish freight forwarder DSV. has agreed to buy Dubai- based Swift Freight, it said on Monday, with the aim of expanding in the Middle East and Africa.

  • 0848 GMT 01 Oct12- Coal of Africa jumps on offer from China group. Johannesburg- listed shares of Coal of Africa jump 16 percent after a unit of Beijing Haohua Energy Resource Co Ltd offers to inject $100 million into the junior coal producer to help expedite the development of some of its projects.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- British blue chip shares rebounded early on Monday, with miner Xstrata. Shares in Xstrata gained 1.5 percent, having traded 22 percent of their full-day volume average by 0748 GMT, as the company's board backed Glencore's bid after wrestling for three weeks to reconcile opposing demands from shareholders over the deal terms.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesian exports and imports fell the most in three years in August, suggesting weakening third quarter growth for Southeast Asia's biggest economy that is likely to lead the central bank to keep benchmark interest rates at a record low all year.

  • *Weak economic data and Spain worries pressure euro. Investors also remain wary about the outlook for Spain, which is expected to need a full international bailout at it struggles to raise funds for deficit-laden regional governments while recapitalising its struggling banks.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appointed as finance minister on Monday a veteran lawmaker expected to follow his line on budget reform and currency intervention in a new cabinet unveiled ahead of an election due in months.

  • TOKYO-- Japan's largest steelmaker, Nippon Steel Corp., has joined with Sumitomo Metal Corp. to form the world's second-biggest steel maker.

  • *Nippon Yusen, Daido Steel cut earnings guidance. *China official PMI, Japanese manufacturing sentiment weak. TOKYO, Oct 1- The Nikkei share average fell to its lowest close in three weeks on Monday, hurt by downbeat economic data from Japan and China as well as a smattering of profit warnings from local companies like shipper Nippon Yusen KK.

  • Shares in French telecom equipment gear maker Alcatel drop 2.5 percent, the biggest loser on France's blue-chip CAC 40 index, after UBS downgrades the stock to' Sell' from' Neutral'. "Our recent conversations suggest Alcatel is likely to once again sell assets to pay back bond holders to the detriment of equity holders," they add.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Britain's blue-chip index was fractionally higher early on Monday, led by miner Xstrata. after it gave its long-awaited blessing to trader Glencore's bid. Shares in Xstrata gained 1.6 percent as its board backed Glencore's bid after wrestling for three weeks to reconcile opposing demands from shareholders over the deal terms.

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    Investors hoping for more stimulus measures from China to boost its slowing economy may have to wait a little longer. Analysts say Beijing is unlikely to take any action until after the Communist party holds its congress on November 8, an event that is particularly significant this year because it will mark a once-in-a-decade leadership change.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares ended flat on Monday, giving up early gains after data showing China's manufacturing sector remained in contraction in September fuelled investor worries about weak global growth. Mining and steel maker Arrium.

  • ATHENS, Oct 1- Here are news stories, press reports and events, which may affect Greek financial markets on Monday:. confirmed on Monday that it was in exclusive talks to sell its Greek bank Emporiki to Alpha Bank for a symbolic one euro in return for financing commitments.

  • PARIS, Oct 1- European stocks are set to open lower on Monday, adding to the previous session's losses on mounting concerns over Spain's economic crisis and as data signalled further evidence of slowing growth in China. ,for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC.

  • *Japan's business sentiment worsens- tankan. SINGAPORE, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh evidence of weakness in China and Japan as well as persistent worries about the debt-saddled euro zone.

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  • Manufacturing activity in China, Japan's biggest exports market, remained in contraction in September, according to the official purchasing managers' index. The 10- year yield eased 1 basis point to 0.760 percent to its lowest level since Aug. 7, while Japan's Nikkei share average shed 0.8 percent.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares finished flat on Monday, after data showing that while China's manufacturing sector had improved somewhat in September, it remained in contraction, heightening investors' worries about weak global economic growth.

  • *Japan's business sentiment worsens- Tankan. SINGAPORE, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh evidence of weakness in China and Japan as well as persistent worries about the debt-saddled euro zone.