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  • LONDON, Oct 1- Private equity group KKR has bought oil and gas services group Acteon from rival First Reserve as it beefs up its investment in energy and infrastructure businesses. Texas- based private equity firm White Deer Energy will take a minority stake alongside KKR, with the remainder of the company owned by management, the groups said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Activity in the British manufacturing sector shrank more than expected in September as export orders fell and costs soared, a survey showed, raising the risk that the economy will falter after a rebound over the past few months. The Bank of England also released the following data for consumer credit and M4 money supply on Monday.

  • European shares extend gains in technical rally Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- European equities extended gains on Monday, starting the new quarter with a bounce off three-week lows, with investors taking advantage of price dips to increase their trading positions.

  • The FTSE Small Caps index is 0.2 percent higher, lagging gains of around 1 percent on the blue-chip FTSE 100 index and the FTSE 250 mid-cap index. Shares in Goldplat rise 1.5 percent as the gold producer proposes its first ever dividend payment and reports a 52 percent increase in profit before tax for the year to June.

  • OSLO, Oct 1- Norwegian gas exports through the Langeled pipeline, the UK's main subsea gas import route, dropped to zero on Monday morning, and flows to France fell sharply as a new "gas year" started.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Activity in the British manufacturing sector shrank more than expected in September as export orders fell and costs soared, a survey showed, raising the risk that the economy will falter after a rebound over the past few months. The Bank of England also released the following data for consumer credit and M4 money supply on Monday.

  • Bacon shortage 'baloney,' but prices to rise Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:43 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Bacon lovers can relax. "Use of the word `shortage' caused visions of gasoline lines in a lot of people's heads, and that's not the case," said Steve Meyer, president of Iowa- based Paragon Economics and a consultant to the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Activity in the British manufacturing sector shrank more than expected in September as export orders fell and costs soared, a survey showed, raising the risk that the economy will falter after a rebound over the past few months. The Bank of England also released the following data for consumer credit and M4 money supply on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The Bank of England released the following data for consumer credit and M4 money supply on Monday:. NUMBER OF MORTGAGE APPROVALS AUG JULY FORECAST. *Steepest fall in total net lending since July 2010.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Lending to Britain's consumers fell unexpectedly in August and mortgage approvals for house purchase were weaker than forecast, data showed on Monday, highlighting consumers' reluctance to take on more debt.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The Bank of England released the following data for consumer credit and M4 money supply on Monday:. -Steepest fall in total net lending since July 2010. -Sharpest fall in mortgage lending since Dec 2010.

  • UPDATE 1-ASOS names former Amazon man as chairman Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:23 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- British online fashion retailer ASOS said a former managing director of Amazon in the UK will be its new chairman as its seeks more growth overseas. ASOS said in May that Alli would step down after 12 years with the firm.

  • BACIT founder Tom Henderson, formerly of Cazenove, said: "For many years I have wanted to combine my background in fund management with supporting the incredible work of the Institute of Cancer Research." The fund is backed by City financiers such as private equity veteran Jon Moulton, the founder of Alchemy Partners, who sits on the BACIT board.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- HSBC Holdings PLC:. *HSBC sells property vision holdings to management. *At 30 June 2012, the business had gross assets of US $7.2 M.

  • Xstrata lifts UK FTSE as it backs Glencore bid Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- British blue chip shares rebounded early on Monday, with miner Xstrata. Shares in Xstrata gained 1.5 percent, having traded 22 percent of their full-day volume average by 0748 GMT, as the company's board backed Glencore's bid after wrestling for three weeks to reconcile opposing demands from shareholders over the deal terms.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The Czech Republic, rated A1/AA-/A+, has mandated Barclays, Ceska, SG CIB and UniCredit for a tap of its 3.875% May 24 2022 euro issue. The settlement date is October 5 2012.. Keywords: CZECH REPUBLIC/ BOND TAP.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Acteon Group:. *Acteon Group announces change in ownership: First Reserve Corporation sells. *Acteon Group- executive management team will remain in place, further terms.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- SVG Capital PLC:.

  • *If successful, would be Tullow's second oil discovery in Kenya. NAIROBI, Oct 1- British explorer Tullow Oil Plc and its Canadian partner Africa Oil Corp started drilling a third well in Kenya, extending a campaign to discover more reserves after finding oil in the east African country earlier this year.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Peninsular Gold Ltd:. *Its unit, Raub Australian Gold Mining obtained an Islamic financing facility. for up to about $40 million.