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  • *Flows drop to Germany, Belgium and Britain. Exports to Europe including Britain dropped by 8.7 million cubic metres to 271.3 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 280 mcm daily average on Monday. The 70 mcm capacity plant processes gas from the giant offshore Ormen Lange gas field before it is shipped to Britain and continental Europe.

  • *Rio cautious on impact of China stimulus. *Optimistic on China power supply for Mongolia copper mine. LONDON, Oct 9- Global miner Rio Tinto cut its growth forecast for China and said it was stepping up efforts to cut costs, having already slashed $500 million, faced with an uncertain global outlook.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 9- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he would not soften his austerity programme with a "Plan B" of slower spending cuts after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its growth forecasts for Britain.

  • China stimulus talk helps European shares edge up Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- European shares edged higher on Tuesday, bouncing back following sharp losses in the previous session, after a move by China to inject cash into the money market encouraged speculation it would announce more stimulus measures.

  • Mining stocks nudge Britain's FTSE higher Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 3:14 AM ET

    Britain's benchmark share index edged up on Tuesday, as mining stocks rose after a fresh injection of central bank liquidity by China- the world's top metals consumer- bolstered prospects of stimulus measures which would help boost the global economy. At 0711 GMT, the FTSE 100 index was up 8.57 points, or 0.2 percent at 5,850.31.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Ithaca Energy Inc:. *Acquisition of non-operated interests in cook and macculloch UK North Sea. *Total consideration is US $38.5 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Aortech International PLC:.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 14 to 16 points higher, or up 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent, or 29.28 points lower, at 5,841.74 points on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Barclays PLC will buy the deposits, mortgages and business assets of ING Direct UK, as it looks to expand its retail operations and minimise exposure to a shrinking investment banking market.

  • UK's Cameron says will not soften austerity Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he would not soften his austerity programme with a "Plan B" after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its growth forecasts for Britain. We know that, "Cameron told BBC. The IMF said Britain might have to defer some of its spending cuts if growth turns out much worse than expected.

  • UPDATE 1-MegaFon says to launch London IPO Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 9- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon, in which Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov took control in April, said on Tuesday it plans to launch an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. Shares will be sold by Nordic co-owner TeliaSonera and MegaFon itself.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Rio Tinto said on Tuesday it saw production growth ahead for its copper arm and remained "optimistic" on the outcome of talks with China on a power deal for its key Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold project, but the miner warned it was cautious on the broader economic outlook.

  • Barclays to acquire ING Direct UK Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- Barclays PLC will buy the deposits, mortgages and business assets of ING Direct UK valued at more than 11 billion pounds, the British bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • ING sells ING Direct UK at 320 mln euro loss Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:13 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Oct 9- Dutch bank and insurance group ING said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell ING Direct UK to British bank Barclays, taking a 320 million euro loss on the transaction after tax.

  • BRIEF-Pennon buys Pulp Friction for 9 mln stg Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- Pennon Group PLC:. *Expands its waste management business. *Has acquired Pulp Friction Limited, a paper collection and processing.

  • BRIEF-Pointpark Properties to float on LSE Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    *Pointpark Properties- intention to float on London Stock Exchange. *Pointpark Properties- intends to raise gross proceeds of circa 250 million. STG via an initial public offering.

  • BRIEF-Informa buys analytics firm Zephyr Associates Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- Informa PLC:. *Acquisition of zephyr associates from kemmons wilson companies for $62 M in. *Expects the acquisition to generate an attractive return on invested capital.

  • BRIEF-MITIE acquires home care services group Enara Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 9- MITIE Group PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- May Gurney Integrated Services PLC:. *May gurney integrated services plc- trading in the first half has. September 6 have been ring-fenced and being addressed.

  • BRIEF-EQT infrastructure funds to buy Tampnet Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 2:03 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 9- EQT Corp:. *Tampnet has a leading position in the North Sea and operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world. *Tampnet serves both the Norwegian and UK parts of the North Sea ().