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  • UPDATE 1-NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:29 AM ET

    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.

  • Australia shares clinch highest close in 14-months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:29 AM ET

    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.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    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 Speaks on Earnings  Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    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.

  • BRIEF-Premier Foods names ex-Uniq CEO Eaton as COO Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:19 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Premier Foods PLC:. *Appointment of chief operating officer. *Geoff Eaton appointed chief operating officer.

  • BRIEF-Timeweave recommends takeover bid Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Timeweave PLC:.

  • BRIEF-FirstGroup says disappointed by DfT move Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:17 AM ET

    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.

  • BRIEF-African Barrick expands Bulyanhulu project Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- African Barrick Gold PLC:.

  • Sainsbury's beats Q2 sales forecasts Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    *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.

  • *China official services PMI slows. *China, South Korea on holidays. TOKYO, Oct 3- The dollar firmed while most riskier assets fell on Wednesday as data from China and Australia deepened gloom about the global economic outlook, further reducing risk appetite already hurt by uncertainty about the timing of Spain's request for a bailout.

  • Pearson CEO Scardino to step down after 16 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive of publishing group Pearson, is to step down at the end of the year after 16 years in the job, bringing to an end a period of transformational change for the group.

  • *Earnings before tax and exceptional items are in line with our expectations.

  • NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:11 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The Oslo- listed oil driller said it plans to replace Chief Executive Alf Thorkildsen with Fredrik Halvorsen, the head of its Archer affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.

  • BRIEF-Dunelm first quarter sales grow Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Dunelm Group PLC:. *Q1 total sales value 151.8 million STG. *Q1 total sales growth +13.8 percent.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wed, Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:05 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 to 14 points, or as much as 0.2 percent, lower on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

  • Russia's Promsvyazbank sets IPO price range Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:05 AM ET

    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.

  • Stock Pick: Sainsbury's v Tesco  Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    UK retail chains Sainsbury's and Tesco both reported earnings early on Wednesday. Jim McCaughan, chief executive of Principal Global Investors, tells CNBC which he thinks is the better stock pick.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:51 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 3- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Wednesday. EVENTS: MOSCOW- Russia Calling VTB Capital investment conference. MOSCOW- Press conference by Aeroflot Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev and SAP executives.

  • Spain's tax take tumbles as companies go abroad Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's corporate tax take has tumbled by almost two thirds from pre-crisis levels as small businesses fail and a growing number of big corporations seek profits abroad to compensate for the prolonged downturn at home.