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  • PRAGUE, Oct 5- The current Czech crown firming is surprising and stronger appreciation will need to be taken into account in future monetary policy deliberations, central bank board members repeatedly said, according to the minutes of the bank's Sept. 27 meeting. For HIGHLIGHTS from Sept 27 mtg............. For STORY from Sept 27 mtg..................

  • Romania Jan-Aug energy production falls 2.6 pct y/y Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    BUCHAREST, Oct 5- Romania's energy production fell 2.6 percent on the year in January-August, while imports were down 1.6 percent, data from the National Statistics Board showed on Friday. Below is a breakdown of energy resources and power production by type.

  • INDICATORS - Slovakia - Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:36 AM ET

    NEW LISTINGS OR, AMENDMENTS ARE MARKED* KEY INTEREST RATES ECB'S TWO-WEEK REPO rate 0.75 last changed JULY 5, 2012 former rate 1.00 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 FLASH ESTIMATE +0.7 +2.7 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 Q1/12 Q2/11 FY/11 +2.8 +3.0 +3.5 +3.3 Final consumption Household -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 Government -2.1 +0.4 -5.1 -3.5 Gross fixed capital formation -1.1 -3.9 +6.4 +5.7 Foreign trade balance exports of goods and services +8.9 +6.0 +13.1 +10.8 imports of goods and services +3.2 +2.1 +10.9 +4.5 SLOVAK REAL GDP FY/2011 +3.3 FY/2010 +4.2 FY/2009 -4.9 FY/2008 +5.9 FY/2007 +10.5 FY/2006 +8.3 FY/2005 +6.7 FY/2004 +5.1 FY/2003 +4.8 FY/2002 +4.6 FY/2001 +3.5 FY/2000 +1.4 C/A BALANCE JUNE 12 MAY 12 JUNE 11 +364.0 +449.0 -19.0 C/A BALANCE END-2011 END-2010 END-2009 +38.0 -1.637 -1.627 FOREIGN TRADE JULY 12 JUNE 12 JULY 11 JAN-DEC 11 Imports 4,578.9 4,983.0 4,227.5 53,966.1 Exports 4,977.9 5,331.9 4,252.6 56,407.9 Balance +399.0 +348.8 +25.1 +2,441.9 DYNAMICS OF TRADE nominal imports +8.3 +8.4 +9.5 +13.6 nominal exports +17.1 +11.4 +12.9 +16.9 SLOVAK UNEMPLOYMENT AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11 pct of workforce 13.19 13.27 13.12 number available for work 356,423 358,652 349,885.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 5- ALFA LAVAL:. *Wins SEK 70 million energy-efficiency order in Russia. *says order is for compact heat exchangers for a refinery in Russia booked in late September and with delivery scheduled for 2013.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Friday. MOSCOW- Russia's Central Bank monthly monetary policy meeting;. MOSCOW- IFAD and Russia's agriculture ministry briefing in Moscow;.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:23 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 5- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Friday. PRAGUE- Minutes from the September 27 governing board meeting at 0700 GMT.

  • WARSAW, Oct 5- Polish state-owned development agency ARP is interested with buying non-core units from the beleaguered local builder Polimex, ARP's spokewoman said on Friday. "We are interested with Sefako and Energomontaz Polnoc," Roma Sarzynska told Reuters.

  • Poland - Factors to Watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:54 AM ET

    Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Friday. Poland's central bank releases foreing exchange reserves data for September at 1200 GMT. Poland's largest bank passed the European Banking Authority's stress tests, daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported.

  • WARSAW, Oct 5- Beleaguered Polish builder Polimex. has two binding offers for its non-core units, expecting to book at least 300 million zlotys from the spin-offs, the company said late on Thursday. "Due diligence has just ended in two of our group's units," Polimex's Robert Kosmal said in a statement. "

  • UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Alfa increases stake in Vimpelcom Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    *Alfa and Telenor in long-running spat over Vimpelcom. MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group has increased its voting stake in emerging markets telecoms operator Vimpelcom to 41.85 percent, bringing it closer to the 43 percent owned by Norwegian telecoms group Telenor.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Russia is considering allowing Western companies to own oil licences in its Arctic waters, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying in Friday's Financial Times. Earlier this month, state-owned oil giant Gazprom OAO. The Arctic is seen as a key source of oil in the next decade for Russia, the world's largest producer.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 5 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.

  • *Rogers says Iran developing worrying cyber espionage capabilities. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that significant new cyber threats to U.S. financial networks appeared to be emerging from an "unusual" source.

  • By Tom Bill and Chris Vellacott. LONDON, Oct 5- The love affair between the global super-rich and London property is souring as UK politicians tap into a mood of public resentment of the wealthy, with tax increases and rhetoric playing up their own humble origins.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • SpaceX encore: 2nd private space station shipment Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company is headed back to the International Space Station. Forecasters said Thursday there's a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions for the 8:35 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. This is the California company's first official launch under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

  • *Middle East tensions, Turkey strikes at Syria lift oil. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Oil prices jumped 4 percent on T hursday as inflamed Middle East tensions stoked supply fears and U.S. gasoline futures rallied following a fire at the largest operating refinery in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- One of today's major debates is how big government should be. Diana Farrell, an economist who recently returned to the consulting firm McKinsey after a two-year stint in the White House, thinks smart pragmatists should seize this common ground.

  • NASA, Russia eye yearlong space station assignments Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 4- NASA is considering doubling the amount of time an astronaut spends at the International Space Station to a year, laying the groundwork for future missions deeper into space, officials said Thursday. If approved, a mission likely would begin in 2015, said NASA spokesman Rob Navias.