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  • VALLETTA, Malta, Oct 5- Five European Union nations meeting in Malta called for the next meeting of the region's leaders in October to make progress toward setting up a single banking regulator by the end of the year so that it can be running in 2013..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent in August, as 114,000 jobs were added. "The big shock was the drop in the rate, the consensus number was right in line," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • *Energy ministry, LUKOIL to meet investors this month. LONDON/ MOSCOW, Oct 5- Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin met investors in London on Friday, launching a charm offensive by Russia's oil industry, which is trying to court foreign capital after a decade in which it became almost synonymous with resource nationalism.

  • NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Oct 5- R epresentatives from Air India took delivery on Friday of the first Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner made in South Carolina and the first manufactured outside Boeing Commercial Airplane's headquarters in Washington state.

  • Informatica edges higher following Thursday plunge Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of business software maker Informatica Corp. made a small rebound Friday after losing more than 20 percent of their value a day earlier following the company's disappointing third-quarter forecast. THE SPARK: On Thursday, Informatica forecast a smaller profit and less revenue than analysts had expected.

  • U.S. crude ends down 2 pct, posts weekly loss Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. crude futures fell 2 percent on Friday and posted a loss for the week as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report. November crude fell $1.83, or 2.0 percent, to settle at $89.88 a barrel, having traded from $89.01 to $91.71.

  • MADRID, Oct 5- Spain's Canarias region will seek 757 million euros in aid to repay debt and finance its deficit, leaving a new central government liquidity fund with little left in its coffers as Madrid weighs whether to seek an international bailout.

  • *French cheesemaker Lactalis took control of Parmalat in 2011. MILAN, Oct 5- Italian food group Parmalat, controlled by French cheesemaker Lactalis, on Friday denied a newspaper report about a possible delisting of its shares.

  • Alcoa's third-quarter profit expected to fall Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. will open what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Alcoa produces aluminum for a wide range of businesses, from automobiles to appliance makers and energy companies.

  • A senior government official said AFP had published a story on election day that said the poll in Tangier pitted moderate Islamists of the Justice and Development Party against "candidates close to the monarchy".

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Russian state owned oil company Rosneft will spend a total of $25 billion to modernise its Soviet-built refineries, company chief executive Igor Sechin told investors on Friday, sources familiar with his presentation said. Sechin said $7 billion has already been spent. The remaining $18 billion will be spent over the next five years.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Oct 5- Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin met investors in London on Friday, launching a charm offensive by Russia's oil industry which is trying to court foreign capital after a decade in which it became almost synonymous with resource nationalism.

  • By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas. ATHENS, Oct 5- National Bank of Greece and Eurobank are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday, the latest move in efforts to consolidate the Greek banking industry.

  • UPDATE 1-TNK-BP keeps dividend decision on hold Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    *TNK-BP gives green light to Rospan gas project. MOSCOW, Oct 5- TNK-BP's directors held back from deciding on a dividend payout at their meeting on Friday, with the Russian oil company saying only that the matter would be discussed "over the coming weeks", when bidding is expected to be underway for BP's 50 percent stake.

  • *Staff in Mumbai, Delhi hold protest marches over unpaid salaries. MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Oct 5- Debt-strapped Kingfisher Airlines, devoid of a turnaround plan to get back into the air, faced a possible shutdown by the government after extending the grounding of its fleet for another week.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.

  • Tunneling through the Andes to speed global trade Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:52 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- South American engineers are trying to tackle one of the continent's greatest natural challenges: the towering Andes mountain chain that creates a costly physical barrier for nations ever-more-dependent on trade with Asia.

  • *Fred Hassan to become nonexecutive chairman in January. By Jessica Wohl and Phil Wahba. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Nigeria liquefied natural gas on Friday declared a force majeure on plant output after an attempt to steal crude oil from a pipeline led to a fire, Shell said. Shell, which has a 25.6 percent stake in Nigeria LNG, on Sunday shut its 28- inch Bomu-Bonny trunk line after oil thieves caused a fire, it said.

  • RLPC-Banks set for battle over Gecina stake Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- A battle over the shares of French property firm Gecina is about to begin after their 31 percent owners, Alteco and Mag Import, filed one of the biggest bankruptcy actions in Spanish history this week.

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