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  • UPDATE 2-Direct Line shares rise on London debut Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:14 AM ET

    *Shares up 3 pct at London opening. By Matt Scuffham and Myles Neligan. LONDON, Oct 11- Shares in British insurer Direct Line opened 3 percent higher on their London Stock Exchange debut on Thursday after Royal Bank of Scotland.

  • Spain woes and weak earnings hit European shares Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:05 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- European shares fell for the fourth consecutive session on Thursday, as persistent worries over Spain's debt problems and the prospects of weak company earnings hit the region's stock markets.

  • BRIEF-Direct line shares open up 3 percent after IPO Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:02 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- DIRECT LINE:.

  • *Shares in London miner Bumi PLC open up 2 percent after bakrie.

  • GlaxoSmithKline pledges more openness on drug data Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- GlaxoSmithKline, criticised in the past for keeping important information about its medicines under wraps, is to lift the lid on more of its drug secrets. The European Medicines Agency recently decided to make its own data vaults containing drug company trial results available for systematic scrutiny.

  • UPDATE 1-BAE warns of disruption ahead in U.S. market Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- BAE Systems warned on Thursday that it faced uncertainty in its core market, the United States, a day after the collapse of talks with EADS.

  • Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:40 AM ET

    Slovakia's centre-left government drew up a deficit-cutting 2013 state budget bill on Wednesday, primarily raising taxes to help it weather the euro zone debt crisis.

  • *RBS to sell 30 percent of Direct Line shares* RBS to raise 787 mln pounds from sale By Matt Scuffham and Myles Neligan. LONDON, Oct 11- Royal Bank of Scotland set a price of 175 pence per share for the London listing of British insurer Direct Line, close to the middle of the range originally set and valuing the business at 2.6 billion pounds.

  • OSLO, Oct 11- Output from Royal Dutch Shell's. Nyhamna gas processing plant in Norway will be reduced by 47 million cubic metres per day on Thursday, gas system operator Gassco said on Thursday.

  • BRIEF-Direct Line says retail investors buy 15 pct Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:36 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Direct Line:. *Direct line CEO says share offer was "comfortably oversubscribed". *Direct line CEO says 15 percent of share offer bought by retail.

  • By Matt Scuffham and Myles Neligan. LONDON, Oct 11- Royal Bank of Scotland set a price of 175 pence per share for the London listing of British insurer Direct Line, close to the middle of the range originally set and valuing the business at 2.6 billion pounds.

  • UPDATE 1-Ashmore assets boosted by fresh inflows Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:26 AM ET

    *AuM rises 6.8 pct to $68 bln* Net inflows $600 mln* Asian, Middle East investors add cash. LONDON, Oct 11- Ashmore Group said assets under management rose 6.8 percent in the three months to end-September as rising markets and fresh inflows from Asian and Middle Eastern government-related investors boosted the emerging markets-focused manager.

  • WH Smith CEO Kate Swann to step down next year Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:24 AM ET

    Oct 11- Books and stationery retailer WH Smith Plc said Chief Executive Kate Swann will step down on June 30, after being at the helm for nine years. The company named Steve Clarke, managing director of its High Street division, as Swann's successor. WH Smith said Clarke's appointment was part of its long-term succession plan.

  • Bakrie family propose divorce from Bumi Plc Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family have proposed a divorce with London coal miner Bumi Plc, the group they co-founded with financier Nat Rothschild, offering to take back the Indonesian assets they brought in less than two years ago.

  • BRIEF-Ferrovial's BAA says Heathrow passengers rise Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Ferrovial SA:. *Heathrow saw 6.3 million passengers pass through its terminals, up 0.6% on. *Nearly 9.2 m passengers passed through baa's five airports in September 2012,.

  • BAE warns of disruption ahead in U.S. market Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:16 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Britain's BAE Systems said on Thursday it was trading in line with expectations but noted that it faces uncertainty in its core United States market where a new government will have to tackle its federal deficit.

  • BRIEF-Chariot Oil acquires stakes in Moroccan licences Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:16 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Chariot Oil and Gas Ltd:. *Ld- acquisition of offshore moroccan license area. *Entered into an agreement with maghreb petroleum exploration whereby mpe will.

  • Direct Line IPO price set at 175 pence/share Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Royal Bank of Scotland set a price of 175 pence per share for the stock market listing of insurer Direct Line, close to the middle of the range originally set and valuing the business at 2.6 billion pounds. Trading in the shares on the London Stock Exchange will begin at 0700 GMT on Thursday.

  • BRIEF-Direct Line directors take 0.3 pct stake Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Direct Line Insurance Group PLC:. *-directors, senior managers and persons connected will own approx. place at 8.00 am on 16 October.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- DS Smith PLC:. *Cost synergies from sca packaging acquisition are now expected to reach 100. *Cash synergies from the deal are now expected to be 130 million euros.