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  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- The zloty held gains in early Thursday trade after Poland kept interest rates unchanged in the previous session, going against market expectations for a cut, while stock markets across central Europe inched higher.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's biggest copper smelter, Pan Pacific Copper Co, is offering a term premium of $85 per tonne to clients in China for 2013 shipments, down 15 percent from last year, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders is prepared to talk about guarantees for jobs and production sites in a planned merger of the company with Britain's BAE Systems, he told Germany's Bild daily.

  • Brazilian keeps Olympic power despite criticism Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    SAO PAULO-- The man who has headed the Olympic movement in Brazil for decades and helped bring the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro will extend his rule despite increased criticism and accusations of wrongdoing.

  • ND trade delegation heading to Colombia next week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:49 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.-- Representatives of six North Dakota companies are going on a trade mission to the South American nation of Colombia next week. It is the first North Dakota trade mission to Colombia in four years.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's biggest copper smelter, Pan Pacific Copper Co, is offering a term premium of $85 per tonne to clients in China for 2013 shipments, down 15 percent from last year, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • *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.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms SES at 'BBB'; outlook stable Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Luxembourg- based satellite operator SES SA's. Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' BBB' and Short-term IDR at' F2'. SES's and SES Global Americas Holding GP's senior unsecured debt has also been affirmed at' BBB'.

  • By Miranda Maxwell and Denny Thomas. MELBOURNE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- A private equity firm founded by Chinese billionaire Yu Yong and a fund backed by state-owned China Development Bank have offered to buy Australian-listed copper explorer Discovery Metals Ltd, valung the company at about $850 million.

  • *Air Canada load factor a record 84.9 pct, traffic up. Oct 3- Canada's two largest airlines, Air Canada. The load factor on Air Canada's flights to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America made the biggest jump, to 82.9 percent from 79.4 percent in the same period last year.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Global private sector activity accelerated in Sept -PMI Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    The latest expansion in global output was heavily reliant on the United States, where economic activity rose at the fastest pace since March, JPMorgan said. Britain, Brazil, Russia and Ireland also saw output increase. The index combines survey data from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Telecom Italia 'BBB' ratings Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Telecom Italia SpA's Long-term Issuer Default Rating and senior unsecured rating at' BBB'. The Outlook on the Long-term IDR is Negative. The senior unsecured ratings of Telecom Italia Capital and Telecom Italia Finance SA have also been affirmed at' BBB'.

  • *To transfer sales staff from South Europe to South America. AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 3- Ailing Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said on Wednesday it is stopping all non-profitable projects as it battles worsening prospects by slashing costs and jobs to lift medium-term operating margins to high single digit levels.

  • JetBlue: Free flights for disgruntled voters Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month's presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if "the other guy" wins.

  • Wind company ending ND jobs, creating Brazil jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    LM Wind Power said Tuesday in a statement that the Brazil plant will deliver blades to wind farms in Brazil and throughout South America.

  • Venezuela to play Nigeria in Miami soccer friendly Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:10 AM ET

    MIAMI-- Soccer will come to the Miami Marlins' new ballpark for the first time Nov. 14 when Venezuela plays Nigeria in an international friendly. The game, announced Tuesday by Marlins officials, is one of many non-baseball events planned at the ballpark, which opened this year.

  • UPDATE 3-Seadrill looks to move from Norway, CEO quits Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore.

  • Oct 03- Fitch Ratings says that Switzerland- based Iberian Minerals Corp's' B' Long-term Issuer Default Rating with a Stable Outlook is unaffected by the issuer not proceeding with the planned USD200m bond issuance, as such, the expected rating assigned to the planned USD200m bond has been withdrawn.

  • US begins flying home deported Mexicans Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- The U.S. government began flying Mexican deportees home on Tuesday in a two-month experiment aimed at relieving Mexican border cities overwhelmed by large numbers of people ordered to leave the United States, some who fall prey to criminal gangs.