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*Mood swing from austerity seen helping France's case. PARIS, Sept 30- From Athens to Madrid and Dublin to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.
*Paris auto show opens to press Thursday, Oct. 2. That is the fear of executives as they gather for the Paris auto show opening on Thursday, the biggest industry event in the regional calendar. Carmakers are rolling out new models in anticipation of closing the gap-- the Paris show floor will be bristling with fuel-efficient small cars and compact SUVs.
KIEV, Ukraine— For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year. Russia stopped gas deliveries to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay what Moscow said it owed in arrears.
*Monthly headline rate down to 0.3 percent year-on-year. BRUSSELS, Sept 30- Euro zone inflation slowed further in September on falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate showed on Tuesday, sending the euro lower against the dollar on expectations of further European Central Bank policy easing.
ATYRAU, Kazakhstan, Sept 30- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he hoped Moscow and Kiev would this week settle their differences over a timetable for Ukraine to pay its natural gas debts to Russia.
BERLIN— Germany's unemployment rate dipped to 6.5 percent in September as hiring picked up after the summer break. The Federal Labor Agency said Tuesday the unadjusted jobless rate fell from 6.7 percent in August, with 2.808 million people registered unemployed.
*Alibaba leads way with record share listing. LONDON/ HONG KONG, Sept 30- Global equity capital markets returned with a vengeance in 2014 as bankers, investors and companies led a charge that culminated spectacularly in Alibaba, the biggest share listing ever.
BERLIN— Pilots on Lufthansa's long-haul fleet have started a 15- hour walkout at the airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute. The Vereinigung Cockpit union called members out on strike from 8 a.m. Tuesday in its fourth limited several-hour walkout over recent weeks and the first since a new round of talks collapsed last week.
*Allianz not planning closer Pimco oversight. FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Sept 29- Top executives of Pimco and its German parent, Allianz SE, scrambled on Monday to stem the outflow of money after the stunning exit of star bond manager Bill Gross last week, but even after months of internal strife Allianz said it plans to let Pimco continue to steer its own ship.
FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK- Officials from Pimco and its German parent Allianz scramble to contain the fallout from star bond manager Bill Gross' stunning exit last week, and money continues to leave the firm, giving a huge boost to rival bond houses like DoubleLine, which saw record inflows. Canada's Encana to buy Athlon Energy for $5.93 bln.
WASHINGTON— Standard& Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for July, 9 a.m.. WASHINGTON— The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for September, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Germany releases September unemployment figures.
SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's reputation as a mecca for outdoor recreation helped to deliver more than $1 billion in tourist-generated tax revenue last year, according to the state tourism director. "It's like Utah is being discovered."
*Allianz CEO Diekmann says "fully committed" to Pimco. FRANKFURT, Sept 29- Allianz said on Monday it remained fully committed to its Pimco unit after the shock exit of co-founder Bill Gross and had no plans to step up oversight of the world's biggest bond investor despite months of turmoil that has hit the German insurer's shares.
DETROIT, Sept 29- The United Auto Workers union and two top German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a top UAW official said on Monday.
BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The woman likely to become the EU's new trade chief sought to reassure lawmakers on Monday that U.S. companies will not be able to challenge Europe's safety and environmental rules if Brussels and Washington agree the world's biggest trade deal.
Uber said it would start its UberTaxi service-- which uses regular taxi drivers to pick up rides in their down time-- in Berlin and Hamburg before rolling it out in other cities.
BERLIN— Swiss-based food and drink company Nestle SA says it is selling its Alete and Milasan baby food brands in Germany to an investor consortium for an undisclosed sum. Nestle said Monday that it plans to sell the two brands to BWK GmbH, a German investment company, and private investor Horst Jostock.
BERLIN, Sept 29- Solid public finances are a key precondition for achieving economic growth, the head of Germany's influential central bank said on Monday, undercoring a divide between the euro zone's biggest country and the bloc's central bank.
*Allianz says Gross departure does not change Pimco relationship. FRANKFURT, Sept 29- German insurer Allianz says it has no plans to increase oversight of its California- based investment unit Pimco after the shock departure of co-founder Bill Gross sent shares in the Munich- based parent tumbling at the end of last week.
FRANKFURT, Sept 29- German luxury carmaker BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday.