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  • *More sanctions on Iran being prepared in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an effort to pressure Tehran not to build nuclear weapons.

  • EADS-BAE merger on brink of collapse -media report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 5- French demands have brought the planned mega-merger between European aerospace groups EADS. and BAE Systems to the brink of collapse, Germany's Spiegel Online reported on Friday.

  • EADS denies report of BAE merger collapse Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 5- EADS denied on Friday a German news report that its proposed $45 billion merger deal with BAE Systems had collapsed. "We continue to work towards the Oct. 10 deadline that we have been given by the UK government," he added.

  • UK lights to stay on if Strait of Hormuz closes-grid Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's grid operator said the lights would stay on in the UK in the event of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route for liquefied natural gas from the largest exporter Qatar which supplies nearly all of Britain's LNG.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Daily spot foreign exchange trading volumes on Thomson Reuters dealing platforms fell by more than 24 percent in September from a year earlier, company data showed on Friday.

  • UK's Oxford Street loses lustre as retailers retreat Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- London's Oxford Street, one of world's busiest shopping strips, is suffering from flat-lining demand, signalling that the global economic gloom has spread to leading retail areas.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil holds above $112 after U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • Portugal back on investor radars Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Portugal's first dabble in the capital markets in over a year, coupled with a show of support from the ECB over future bond-buying has sparked renewed investor interest in the credit.

  • *ends partial lock-out until Oct 12; shut since Monday* Mumbai staff hold protest march over unpaid salaries* CAPA suggests voluntary shutdown to restructure.

  • *U.S. jobless rate tumbles to near-4 year low* Gold briefly goes sub- $1,780 before steadying* Data not seen altering U.S. employment trajectory By Clare Hutchison.

  • Oil falls even after positive US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    Benchmark oil is now down $1.25 to $90.46 per barrel in New York. Traders are trying to gauge the strength of global oil demand while watching developments surrounding Syria in the Middle East. In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, was down 8 cents to $112.50.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- British engineer AMEC said chief operating officer Neil Bruce is leaving the company as part of a restructuring of the way the business is organised. AMEC said on Friday that Bruce will step down straight away after 15 years at the firm because the COO position will no longer exist under a new organisational structure.

  • CNP eyes sub debt despite Groupama's missed coupon Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- CNP Assurances mandated six banks on Friday morning for a dollar Reg S subordinated bond despite news that French insurance company Groupama will skip a coupon payment on a Tier 1 bond on October 22.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Design and engineering firm WS Atkins could be next in the firing line for its part in a flawed $9 billion dollar rail deal torn up by Britain's government this week, sending its shares down 4 percent.

  • By Jan Lopatka and Martin Santa. BRATISLAVA, Oct 5- Poor European Union states must fight hard to prevent richer members from cutting development aid for the rest of this decade or growth across the entire bloc could be undermined, the head of the EU executive said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil holds above $112 after U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET

    *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • Telefonica prices EUR1.2bn January 2020 bond Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica SA, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB+, priced a EUR1.2bn January 2020 bond on Friday after attracting around EUR8bn of orders. Lead managers BayernLB, BNP Paribas, Citi, Commerzbank, MUSI and SG CIB priced the trade at 330 bp over mid-swaps, equating to 115.38 bp over the 3.25% January 2020 Bund. The reoffer is par and the deal has a coupon of 4.71%.

  • US jobs figures reassure markets about economy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.7 percent at 5,871 while Germany's DAX rose 1.2 percent to 7,397. The CAC-40 in France was 1.6 percent higher at 3,457.. The benchmark New York rate was $2.41 lower at $89.31 a barrel.

  • *European shares extend gains, Wall Street set to open higher. LONDON, Oct 5- European shares extended their gains and the dollar rose against the yen on Friday after a key jobs report from the United States showed its unemployment rate had dropped to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest point in nearly four years.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The fall in the Iranian rial over the past year is the result of Tehran's economic mismanagement and sanctions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme, U.S.

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