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  • LONDON, Oct 12- Adair Turner seems to be offering to pilot the monetary helicopter as he raises his profile in the race to be Bank of England governor. The chairman of the Financial Services Authority says "still more innovative and unconventional" policies may be needed to combat the forces of deleveraging and deflation.

  • Gas producers, buyers square up in pricing deadlock Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:02 AM ET

    *Tokyo Gas says oil-indexation "not rational". Producers BG Group, Russia, Norway and Qatar regard them as cornerstones of the business. Tokyo Gas, Japan's single biggest importer of oil-linked, called the global gas pricing mechanism "not rational" in light of cheap U.S. gas exports expected to flood markets by 2016..

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group's London listing got off to a smooth start, with its global depositary receipts trading at a 3 percent premium to their issue price on the first morning.

  • U.S. stock index futures point slightly higher Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a fractionally higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.2 percent, and contracts on the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 percent at 0828 GMT.

  • STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-UK small caps outperform early on Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:41 AM ET

    The FTSE Small Caps index gains 0.2 percent in early trade, outperforming weaker showings by both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes, down 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent respectively.

  • UK construction output down 11.6 pct yy in Aug Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- British construction output fell 11.6 percent on the year in August, non-seasonably adjusted data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday.

  • *IEA cuts demand growth outlook due to sluggish economy* Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing* Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Christopher Johnson.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Morgan Sindall Group PLC:. *Morgan Sindall Group appointed preferred delivery partner for  £1.1 bn. *Contract expected to be signed later in the year, for initial 5 year.

  • STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Index up, mining stocks lead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:49 AM ET

    Coal miner PT Berau Coal soared as much as 20 percent to 240 rupiah, following Bakrie Group's proposal to buy back its shares from London- listed parent company, Bumi Plc. Miner PT Bayan Resources Tbk jumped 9.1 percent to 12,000 rupiah and shares of Asia's biggest thermal coal exporter, Bumi Resources jumped as much as 5.55 percent to 760 rupiah.

  • *British Gas says faces rising wholesale prices and upgrade costs. LONDON, Oct 12- Centrica PLC, the owner of British Gas, Britain's biggest energy supplier, is hiking its domestic gas and electricity prices by 6 percent next month, saying the "unwelcome news" for already tight household budgets was necessary to cover rising wholesale prices.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe rise strongly Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:19 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 12- Norwegian pipeline gas exports rose strongly on Friday morning on higher flows to Britain, indicating the Royal Dutch Shell's. Exports to Europe including Britain gained by 30.3 million cubic metres to 282.8 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 252.5 mcm daily average on Thursday, data from gas system operator Gassco showed.

  • 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.