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LONDON, Oct 2- Firstgroup PLC:. *UK bus division is expected to deliver like-for-like passenger revenue growth. *UK rail division like-for-like passenger revenue expected to increase by 8.1%.
LONDON, Oct 2- Nextgen Group PLC:. *Has to date been unable to secure additional financing. *No acceptable offers for Nextgen sciences received.
LONDON, Oct 2- British house prices unexpectedly fell in September, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Tuesday, adding to a recent string of disappointing economic news.
*Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed up 1.4 percent, or 78.38 points, higher at 5,820.45 points on Monday.
LONDON, Oct 2- European shares were set to retreat in early trading on Tuesday after strong gains in the previous session, with uncertainty over the timing of a likely aid request by Spain seen prompting investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.3 pct, Nikkei recovers from 3- week low. inched up 0.1 percent, suggesting a firm start on Wall Street, but financial spreadbetters expected London's FTSE 100.
BANGKOK-- Oil prices dwelled near $92 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 17 cents to $92.31 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
In the Platts window, Eni bought an 80,000- tonne Oct 14-18 cargo in the Mediterranean from Vitol at dated Brent minus $1.80, some 20 cents weaker than prices earlier this week, traders said. Also in the Mediterranean, BP bought an Oct 19-23 Azeri Light cargo from Socar at dated Brent plus $2.05, some 45 cents weaker than offers on Monday.
Global economic activity has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro supported oil prices, rising for a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.
LONDON, Oct 2- Russian private equity group Baring Vostok has raised $1.5 billion for new deals, the largest pool of private equity capital ever raised in Russia, the firm said on Tuesday.
By Simon Jessop and Alistair Smout. "The real key to create confidence is positive earnings surprises, positive economic data surprises," Philip Isherwood, European strategist at Absolute Strategy Research, who is nevertheless' overweight' on the region's stocks.
CAC-40 futures are 0.7 percent lower at 0620 GMT FRANCE TELECOM. The oil services company said on Tuesday it has signed a lump-sum contract with Murphy Exploration& Production Company for the development of an offshore field in the Gulf of Mexico.
LONDON, Oct 2- Abu Dhabi National Energy Co is looking to refinance up to $3 billion of syndicated loans and banks are due to submit proposals this week, two bankers close to the deal said on Tuesday. But TAQA may have to pay more than on its original $3 billion loan signed in December 2010 with coordinator Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
*Spain seen requesting bailout, but uncertainty weighs. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The euro continued to strengthen against the dollar on Tuesday on expectations that a request by Spain for a bailout is imminent, but major stock markets fell on uncertainty of when Madrid will make its request and growing uneasiness over third-quarter earnings.
LONDON, Oct 2- EMED Mining Public Ltd:. *Got complete report of aau public comments from environment ministry of the. *Expects to provide satisfactory and substantiated replies to the authorities.
LONDON, Oct 2- Glencore has formally notified the European Commission of its $33 billion plan to take over Xstrata, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, setting the European regulatory clock ticking on the deal.
LONDON, Oct 2- United Drug PLC:. Barry Mcgrane, is to step down from his role at the end. *Will then assume a non-executive director position until the agm in 2014.
LONDON, Oct 2- Five private equity firms have made it through to the final round of bidding for Dutch trust and corporate management business Intertrust Group, which is being sold by private equity firm Waterland, banking sources said on Tuesday.
Benchmark oil rose 13 cents Tuesday to $92.61 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 29 cents to $111.90 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.
*Forties bid up to dated plus 30 cents. LONDON, Oct 2- North Sea Forties crude differentials drew further support on Tuesday from firmer bids and additional supply glitches to October-loading cargoes. *Total bid for an Oct 25-29 Forties at datd plus 30 cents and also bid for an Oct. 18-24 Forties at dated plus 30 cents.