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  • European shares lower on poor Q3 earnings view Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- European shares fell on Friday on persistent concerns about the outlook for the third-quarter earnings season that is expected to keep regional markets within a tight near-term range. At 0709 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.4 percent to 1.094. 81 points.

  • Britain's FTSE slips back after rally Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:16 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent after gains Thursday. Morgan Crucible shares dropped 12.3 percent, topping the FTSE 250. In response, Oriel Securities downgraded its rating for Morgan Crucible to "hold" from "buy".

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's Debt Management Office has appointed Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Lloyds as bookrunners of the syndicated sale of a new 2044 conventional gilt in the week of Oct. 22, it said on Friday.

  • BRIEF-Centrica announces British Gas price hikes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:03 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Centrica PLC:. *Will raise domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 6% on 16. *Annual dual fuel bills for British gas customers with average consumption.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- British builders' merchant and do-it-yourself retailer Travis Perkins posted a 3.5 percent decline in underlying sales after poor weather and tough competition crimped trading in its third quarter.

  • Oct 12- Chemring Group Plc said U.S. private equity company Carlyle Group has been granted another extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline to hammer out an offer for the defence equipment maker. The UK takeover panel has extended until Nov. 9 the deadline for Carlyle to table a firm bid for Chemring or walk away.

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Oct 12 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:47 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15 to 18 points, or 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating after a strong rise in the previous session after Wall Street pared its gains to end flat and Asian markets fell overnight. *Banks will be in focus as JPMorgan Chase& Co. and Wells Fargo.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Interserve PLC:.

  • BRIEF-Mission Marketing buys balloon dog agency Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Mission Marketing Group PLC:. *Acquisition, placing and board appointment. *acquired Friars 573 Ltd, trading as balloon dog, for up to  £3.2 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- GW Pharmaceuticals PLC:. *Positive German sativex data presented at ectrims. *confirms clinically relevant benefits in Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Travis Perkins PLC:. *Group financial director, Paul Hampden Smith to step down. *making good progress in its search for a new Group Finance Director.

  • BRIEF-Travis Perkins sales slip in Q3 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Travis Perkins PLC:. *Total like-for-like sales per trading day% for Q3. *Remain on target to meet market expectations.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- The Unite Group PLC:.

  • BRIEF-Computacenter third quarter revenue rises Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Computacenter PLC:. *UK continued its revenue improvement with growth of 12% in the third quarter. *In France, overall revenue performance was flat in the third quarter and 7%.

  • BRIEF-Hargreaves Lansdown Q1 net inflows 550 mln stg Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Hargreaves Lansdown PLC:. *Assets under administration increased  £2.2 billion in three months to 30. September to  £28.5 billion.

  • Carlyle gets more time to make an offer for Chemring Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    Oct 12- Chemring Group Plc said private equity company Carlyle Group had been granted another extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline to make an offer for the defence equipment maker.

  • Russia's MDMG sets IPO price at $12 per GDR Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group said on Friday it had priced its initial public offering at $12 per global depositary receipt, raising $311 million assuming full exercise of an over-allotment option. The statement confirmed earlier Reuters report that MD Medical Group will sell shares at no less than $12 per GDR.

  • European stock index futures edge lower early on Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:02 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as expectations for weak corporate earnings and concerns about Spain's debt crisis keep investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Oct 12 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:40 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15 to 18 points, or 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating after a strong rise in the previous session after Wall Street pared its gains to end flat and Asian markets fell overnight. *Banks will be in focus as JPMorgan Chase& Co. and Wells Fargo.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- European stocks were set to open slightly lower on Friday as expectations for a weak earnings season and lingering uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis kept investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 15 to 18 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent.