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  • *Seminar to outline its copper development strategy planned for 2 October 2012.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 1- India could amend controversial rules on tax avoidance within 20 days, the finance minister said on Monday, potentially ending months of uncertainty after the prime minister ordered a panel to clarify the tax proposals that had hurt investor confidence. In a move seen as targeting Vodafone, India passed a law in May to seek taxes from such deals.

  • Price talk set on Czech Republic 10-year tap Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:06 AM ET

    Barclays, Ceska, SG CIB and UniCredit have gathered indications of interest of more than EUR1bn for the deal, which is expected to price today.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Threadneedle Investments, one of the 25 largest shareholders in Xstrata, said on Monday it remains firmly opposed to the recommended merger with trader Glencore, which it says gives away the miner's future earnings "on the cheap".

  • *Weak economic data and worries about Spain pressure euro. *Brent Crude slips below $112 a barrel on growth fears. LONDON, Oct 1- Investors set aside worries over the growth outlook and Spain's debt problems on Monday, taking fresh positions in European equities at the start of the new quarter and selling safe-haven German bonds.

  • Shares in Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland rise as much as 2.5 percent after Liberum Capital upgrades its rating on all three lenders in a note on the UK banking sector, citing reduced tail risks for UK banks leading to lower cost of equity.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Robust manufacturing data from Russia pushed its stock market 1 percent higher on Monday, bucking the generally weaker trend in emerging equity markets while central European currencies firmed modestly as the euro recovered from lows.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Private equity investor KKR. Other private equity firms have been active in the sector too, with Apollo leading a consortium to buy El Paso Corp's oil and gas exploration business in February. Morgan Cazenove and Simmons& Company International jointly advised First Reserve and Acteon while HSBC advised KKR.

  • Eurozone unemployment stuck at record 11.4 pct Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:28 AM ET

    Europe's problems are dragging down the global economy. Six countries in the eurozone _ Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal _ are already in recession. Howard Archer, the chief economist for IHS Global Insight, said it will take some time before Europe's labor market rebounds.

  • By James Regan PARIS, Oct 1- EADS shareholder Lagardere. told the aerospace group on Monday to review the "unsatisfactory" terms of its planned $45- billion merger with BAE Systems, raising the pressure before a British regulatory deadline next week.

  • Europe stocks rise, Japan down on dour survey Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:21 AM ET

    Athens needs the lenders to approve a proposed package of spending cuts and tax hikes to receive the next installment of emergency loans intended to keep Greece from defaulting on its massive debts. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,801.13. In Asia, markets in China, Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for public holidays.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 index rises 0.9 percent. LONDON, Oct 1- European shares rose on Monday, bouncing off three-week lows and a major technical support at the start of the new quarter as investors took advantage of price dips to increase their exposure to sectors such as banks and chemicals. At 0848 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index.

  • Investment company Kleinwort Benson backs UK, European and emerging market equities to U.S. equities, and has increased its equity holding over the course of the year although it is currently taking a relatively cautious stance on its portfolios due to underlying risks from the weak global economy.

  • 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.

  • *Unemployment highest in Spain, lowest in Austria. BRUSSELS, Oct 1- Unemployment in the euro zone remained at record highs in August and the number of people out of work climbed again, highlighting the human cost of the bloc's three-year debt crisis.

  • BAE, EADS blast merger 'myths and misconceptions' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:59 AM ET

    BERLIN-- The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Monday for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 1- Labour unrest forced India's ailing Kingfisher Airlines Ltd to cancel flights on Monday, the latest blow for a carrier scrambling to find an investor and sending its shares down by their daily limit of 5 percent.

  • 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- 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.