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  • DUBAI, Oct 4- HSBC Holdings Plc is to significantly scale back the scope of its global Islamic banking operations, as the business becomes the latest area to be affected by a wider restructuring at the UK- based bank.

  • Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry. Wells Fargo's international group named Christopher Lewis as executive vice-president and head of global trade services.

  • EADS-BAE merger could be hostage to U.S. politics Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Oct 3- To win approval for their planned $45 billion merger, EADS and BAE systems must persuade Washington to let a pan-European behemoth control some of the most sensitive U.S. defence contracts, without triggering a political backlash.

  • UK FSA's Bailey says banks still "too big to fail" Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- The failure of one Britain's big banks would still wreak market havoc and leave taxpayers on the hook as more needs to be done to curb their complexity and risks, the country's top banking supervisor said on Thursday.

  • *Barclays investment bank boss Ricci unveils management shake-up- memo. LONDON, Oct 4- Barclays announced a shake up at its investment bank on Thursday as the group tries to cut costs in a tough market and reduce risks to its reputation following the Libor scandal.

  • EU group throws weight behind new sub debt asset-class Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- An EU expert group on bank structural reform this week threw its weight behind the idea of introducing a separate layer of bail-inable bank debt as policymakers try to address the problem of "too big to fail".

  • UK watchdog grants Redrow bidder two extra weeks Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- Britain's takeover regulator has given a consortium bidding for housebuilder Redrow an extra two weeks to decide whether to make a takeover offer for the company.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct. 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    The euro zone's economic woes accelerated last month and China's slowdown looked likely to extend to a seventh quarter, surveys on Wednesday showed, while the United States proved the bright spot with better-than-expected news on services and jobs.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 4- Australian shares were up 0.2 percent on Thursday as banks rose while miners fell, with sentiment dented by soft retail sales figures for August and declines in oil and copper prices. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by a 1.2 percent rise in Westpac Banking Corp.

  • Gambling chiefs race for share of U.S. online gaming Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:24 PM ET

    Our biggest challenge is converting the 25 to 35 year old to becoming participants in our industry, "said Brian Gamache, chief executive of slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc at the annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

  • Australia shares rise early as banks gain Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:32 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 4- Australian shares rose 0.2 percent early on Thursday as gains in banks offset weaker miners, with sentiment supported by encouraging jobs growth data in the United States.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:28 PM ET

    Rail passengers face years of uncertainty over who will run some of Britain's busiest train routes after the Government admitted a huge blunder in awarding the franchise for the West Coast main line. FirstGroup is considering legal action against the Department for Transport after it pulled the controversial West Coast rail bid.

  • Russia's Lavrov skipped big powers' Iran meeting at UN Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    *Russia may be irritated with calls for new sanctions-envoys* Israel has threatened military action against Iran By Louis Charbonneau.

  • By Karen Jacobs Oct 3- Hotel operator Marriott International. A demand recovery in North America and rising room rates in the face of limited supply growth is helping Marriott offset softness in Europe. North America accounts for 75 percent of business at Marriott, whose brands include Ritz-Carlton, Residence Inn and Courtyard.

  • Bank of England to leave stimulus unchanged for now Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:05 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- The Bank of England will shy away from increasing its economic stimulus programme of government bond purchases on Thursday as the economy is showing some signs of growing again.

  • The explosion area is pictured after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey, killing at least five people on October 3, 2012.

    The Turkish prime minister announced on Wednesday night that Turkey had fired artillery at targets in Syria, in retaliation for Syrian mortar fire that fell in a Turkish border town and killed five Turkish civilians, the New York Times reports.

  • Swedish c.bank website shut down in cyber attack Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:54 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 3- Hackers shut down the website of Sweden's central bank on Wednesday and targeted two other official sites after activist group Anonymous was reported to have threatened it would launch a cyber attack in support of Internet file sharers. Several websites in Sweden have come under attack this week and crashed.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and a weakening demand for petroleum, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.

  • Price of oil drops near $88 per barrel Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Oil prices fell the most in five months on Wednesday as China's slowing economy raised questions about the strength of global oil demand. On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. Benchmark crude fell $3.75, or 4.1 percent, to finish at $88.14 per barrel.

  • Casino chiefs talk about industry vulnerability Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    But the chief executives of Las Vegas- based MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands Corp. differed during a keynote panel discussion with four other industry leaders at the Global Gaming Expo about whether states or the federal government are best able to provide oversight.