Alex Paterson, senior analyst at Espirito Santo Investment Bank, comments on the group's quarterly results and on the "disappointing" parcel business.» Read More
LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's top share index fell on Wednesday, dragged down my mining stocks after poor Chinese data raised fresh concerns about raw material demand in the world's biggest metals consuming country.
LONDON, Oct 3- Firstgroup PLC:.
MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares edged up to a 14- month closing high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks were boosted by an interest rate cut and a weaker local dollar, enhancing export prospects. He noted markets were cautious after Spain said a request for European aid was not imminent.
LONDON, Oct 3- Pearson PLC:. *Incoming CEO says ft group is a part of the business I value. *CEO says parts of US education are turning around.
Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee discusses why the UK supermarket chain has suffered negative same-store sales for 18 months. Tesco's reported earnings early on Wednesday.
*Legal& General Investment Management, one of the UK's biggest shareholders, has stepped up efforts to crack down on excessive pay by voting against 18 remuneration committee chairmen on company boards so far this year.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Promsvyazbank, one of Russia's largest privately owned lenders, set an indicative price range on Wednesday for its initial public offering of stock at $10- $12 per Global Depository Receipt.
LONDON, Oct 3- Pearson Chief Executive Marjorie Scardino is to step down after 16 years in the job in which she transformed the group from a diverse set of assets into an educational and media powerhouse.
*Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 to 14 points lower, or as much as 0.2 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
LONDON, Oct 3- European stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Wednesday as new gloomy economic data and uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis eclipsed underlying optimism about coordinated monetary support from central banks across the world.
HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The government, which owns 13.5 percent of Nordea's shares, has been clear it wants to sell its stake and has a mandate from the parliament. It already sold 6.3 percent of Nordea shares in February 2011.
MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares edged up to a 14- month closing high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks were boosted by an interest rate cut and the local dollar weakened, enhancing export prospects.
PRAGUE, Oct 3- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Wednesday. PRAGUE- The Czech cabinet to hold a session. PRAGUE- First round of VAR/23.
Sainsbury's CFO John Rogers tells CNBC why the UK supermarket chain's non-food business is growing at three times the rate of its food business. Sainsbury's reported second quarter earnings early on Wednesday.
LONDON, Oct 3- Premier Foods PLC:. *Appointment of chief operating officer. *Geoff Eaton appointed chief operating officer.
LONDON, Oct 3- Timeweave PLC:.
LONDON, Oct 3- Firstgroup PLC:. *Until this point we had no indication that there were any issues with the. *We had received assurances from the dft that their processes were robust.
Oct 3- British soft drinks group Britvic and Irn-Bru maker AG Barr said the takeover panel had agreed to extend "the put up or shut up" deadline on their 1.3 billion pound merger. The deadline, which was due to expire on Wednesday, has now been extended to Oct. 31.
*Q2 LfL sales up 1.9 pct ex fuel. LONDON, Oct 3- J Sainsbury, Britain's third-biggest supermarket group, posted better than expected quarterly sales growth, boosted by strong take-up of its own label range and the roll out of its convenience stores.
LONDON, Oct 3- African Barrick Gold PLC:.