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  • Europe Power-Spot rises after German holiday slump Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:11 AM ET

    *Germany's Cal 13 falls to three-month low on data. Germany's benchmark electricity contract for 2013 delivery hit a three-month low on the back of lower oil prices and gloomy macro-economic data. Germany's baseload contract for Thursday delivery rose 2.13 euros to 44.5 euros per megawatt hour.

  • A series of recent investor meetings with Fitch's EMEA Food Retail team in London, Frankfurt, and Paris underlined that investors are concerned to what extent ratings are at risk due to increased business and credit risks for European food retail companies.

  • TEXT-Fitch rates Mornington Funding 2012-1 notes 'AAAsf' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    The proceeds of the issuance of notes by Mornington will be used to acquire the rights and obligations of the senior loan lender A in the Paragon Fourth Funding Limited secured credit facility agreement from Macquarie Bank Limited.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct. 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    *Italy's public debt is sustainable and the average yields paid on new government paper issued so far this year are lower than they were before the crisis, the head of Italy's Debt Management Office said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.

  • *London, Dubai, Singapore and Houston under consideration. Oct 2- Seadrill Ltd, the world's biggest driller by market capitalisation, said it plans to replace CEO Alf Thorkildsen with the head of its Archer Ltd affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Suggested structural reforms to banks should be a cause for concern for investors because they do not go far enough, a top Bank of England official said on Wednesday, following recommendations by an EU advisory group for banks' to separate retail from trading activities.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain scrapped on Wednesday a $9 billion deal that had awarded the West Coast rail line to FirstGroup Plc, citing flaws in the government's figures, just a day after the company had said it was prepared to take over the key mainline train service this year.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 3 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:07 PM ET

    More than 800 jobs were at risk last night as administrators from Deloitte raced to find a buyer for WaverleyTBS, one of Britain's biggest suppliers of drinks to pubs, clubs and hotels. Britain is part of a debtor nation "ring of fire" where bondholders are at risk of being "burned to a crisp", the head of the world's biggest bond house has warned.

  • By Sarah N. Lynch and Alexandra Alper. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to wean U.S. firms off a key British benchmark interest rate that he knew was being rigged, resulting, the lawmakers said, in costly litigation that hurts American taxpayers.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 3 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:00 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL- MILIBAND INVOKES' ONE NATION BRITAIN'- US STEPS UP PROBES ON INSIDER TRADING- FSA TO TIGHTEN UP LISTING RULES- DEUTSCHE TELEKOM EYES DEAL FOR US UNIT- L&G INVESTMENT ARM TARGETS PAY MASTERS- PE GROUPS EYE BANK DEAL IN EUROPE- EU REVIEW WANTS BANKING TRADING RINGFENCED- EU DRAFT URGES CONTRACTS FOR EURO STATES- FRENCH REVOLT AGAINST NEW TAX GOES VIRAL- Overview BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL.

  • Areva and China's CGNPC backtrack on UK'S Horizon-FT Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:28 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- French nuclear group Areva and China's Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation Holding have walked away from the UK's 6- gigawatt Horizon project, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. People close to the talks, cited by the FT, said China may still invest in Horizon at a later date along with other nuclear projects in Britain.

  • BFI to invest $810 million in UK film over 5 yrs Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- The British Film Institute will invest nearly 500 million pounds over the next five years in a bid to boost the industry and build audiences, it announced on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- British shop price inflation ticked down in September as prices of non-food goods fell at a faster pace while food price inflation stayed at a two-year low, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday.

  • Price tags come down on wealth industry takeovers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- The price paid by wealth managers to buy up assets from rivals has halved in the last two years, showing that in a rush to buy market share, buyers can drive harder bargains, research has found.

  • Film composer Williams wins two UK classical awards Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- Veteran film composer John Williams picked up two Classic BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday, adding a best composer honour to the lifetime achievement prize which had been previously announced.

  • By Sarah N. Lynch and Alexandra Alper. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to wean U.S. firms off a key British benchmark interest rate that he knew was being rigged, resulting, the lawmakers said, in costly litigation that hurts American taxpayers.

  • Gambling exec: Time short for US online poker regs Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:05 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- With billions of dollars at stake, the head of the gambling industry's main lobbying group sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday about the prospect of Congress passing Internet regulatory laws this year.

  • Senator blames Geithner for costly suits over Libor Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:18 PM ET

    Grassley's letter comes as the Justice Department, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority continue to probe whether banks colluded to manipulate the London interbank offered rate, which underpins trillion of dollars in contracts and loans-- from U.S. mortgages to Japanese interest-rate swaps.

  • *India is largest source of migrants to Australia. SYDNEY, Oct 3- India's wealthy, from old money to nouveaux riches IT entrepreneurs, are quietly snapping up hotels and mines Down Under just as Australia embarks on an immigration campaign to attract long-term investment.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Trader Glencore has formally notified the European Commission of its $33 billion plan to take over miner Xstrata, sources familiar with the matter said, after months of preliminary talks designed to pave the way for a swift approval.