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  • *First female FTSE CEO to step down at year end. The first female chief executive of a FTSE 100 company had previously declared that the famous pink-paged FT title would be sold "over my dead body".

  • LONDON, Oct 3- A close colleague of accused UBS. "rogue trader" Kweku Adoboli was interviewed by police as a suspect, a London court heard on Wednesday. Simon Taylor, who was a junior trader on the ETFs desk, was cross-examined on Wednesday by Adoboli's lawyer Charles Sherrard.

  • Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms PICTS plc notes Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has affirmed PICTS plc's notes as follows:. The affirmation reflects the stable performance of Lloyds TSB Banking Group plc as reflected in its rating, of which Halifax Bank of Scotland is a wholly owned subsidiary.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Theo Fennell PLC:. *Panel has consented to an extension of the deadline. *The company remains in offer discussions with eme.

  • Markets subdued amid mixed US jobs signals Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    LONDON-- Markets remained subdued Wednesday despite some moderately encouraging U.S. jobs figures as investors awaited a key government report later in the week and more clarity over Spain's request for a bailout.

  • Finnvera to debut EMTN programme before year-end Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Finland's export credit agency Finnvera is set to become the country's latest sub-sovereign issuer when it executes its first transaction under a new euro medium-term note programme later this year.

  • UPDATE 1-New Marex Spectron CEO aims to double revenue Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Pushes forward with growth drive in U.S. and Asia. LONDON, Oct 3- Brokerage Marex Spectron aims to at least double revenue under a newly appointed chief executive as it pushes forward with a growth drive in the United States and Asia and focuses on its strongest suit, commodities.

  • Luxfer Holdings rises in market debut Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Oct 3- American Depository Shares of Luxfer Holdings Plc, a British maker of high-performance materials and gas cylinders, rose 17 percent in their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering below its expected price range.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian precious metals miner Polymetal is likely to discuss in December whether to pay a special dividend, Chief Executive Vitaly Nesis said on Wednesday. The company, which joined London's FTSE 100 index last year, has a policy of paying a dividend of 20 percent of net earnings if the ratio for net debt to adjusted EBITDA is below 1.75.

  • Albarn, Gilliam back plan to make opera accessible Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    LONDON-- A Python and the founder of Gorillaz are trying to help opera shed its stuffy image. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Blur and Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn are supporting a plan by the English National Opera to entice new and younger audience members with the promise of casual clothes, cheap tickets and cocktails.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- France's Areva has dropped out of the race to buy British nuclear new-build project Horizon, the company said on Wednesday, three months after announcing it was bidding for it with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding.

  • UPDATE 3-Seadrill looks to move from Norway, CEO quits Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Music Festivals PLC:. *Further re appointment of administrator. *Principal units benicassim and Kent festival, which are not subject of.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms equity release funding Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Equity Release Funding No. 4 Plc and Equity Release Funding No. 5 Plc, two UK Prime RMBS transactions which comprise reverse mortgages originated by Aviva Plc. A full list of rating actions is at the end of this comment.

  • *FirstGroup shares fall 19 pct; company says followed guidelines. LONDON, Oct 3- Britain has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways.

  • Canada's Simba Energy to drill for oil in Kenya in 2013 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Oct 3- Pan-African oil& gas explorer Simba Energy is to drill its first well in northeast Kenya in 2013, a company executive said on Wednesday, the latest effort by an energy firm to find oil in the east African nation.

  • UPDATE 2-Direct Line's IPO order book covered -sources Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    *Buyers' offers within 160- 195 pence price range- sources. LONDON, Oct 3- Royal Bank of Scotland has found buyers for the full 33 percent stake of insurer Direct Line it is selling to stock market investors, just three days into a nine-day marketing drive, sources close to the transaction said.

  • RLPC-Nestle signs increased 5 bln euro loan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Nestle has signed a 5 billion euro, 364- day syndicated loan, which will replace a 4.5 billion euro facility agreed in October last year, active bookrunner Citigroup said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 1-BG offloads Gujarat Gas stake for $470 mln Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    LONDON/ MUMBAI Oct 3- BG Group said it agreed to sell its majority stake in western India- based Gujarat Gas for $470 million to a unit owned by India's state-run Gujarat State Petroleum Corp, as part of the British oil firm's disposal programme.