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  • Britain's Debenhams has high hopes for Russia Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- British department store group Debenhams expects to generate a fifth of its overseas sales by 2015 in Russia, which is set to become Europe's biggest retail market. Debenhams, which has been increasing sales at home despite a recession there, returned to Russia in September, six years after pulling out of the country because it was losing money.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Norddeutsche Landesbank, one of Germany's largest wholesale banks, is poised to issue a 144 a dollar covered bond as early as next Tuesday, the first offering of its kind since 2006.. German banks have been absent from the 144 a space since November 2006, when Essen Hypo sold a USD1.25bn long five-year that matured in January 2012.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Private equity firms EQT and GIC Special Investments of Singapore are considering options to either sell or refinance the debt of their German academic book publisher Springer Science& Business Media, banking sources said on Thursday.

  • *Staff in Mumbai, Delhi hold protest marches over unpaid salaries. MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Oct 5- Debt-strapped Kingfisher Airlines, devoid of a turnaround plan to get back into the air, faced a possible shutdown by the government after extending the grounding of its fleet for another week.

  • *Britain is due to hold election in 2015. LONDON, Oct 5- Presiding over a fractious coalition amid a recession and derided by critics as an "out of touch" snob, British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to take on a resurgent opposition at his party's annual conference next week. We know we have got to turn it around, "one Conservative Party official said."

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed the highest number of enforcement actions in its 38- year history in the 2012 fiscal year, the agency said on Friday.

  • Insurance prices inch higher in Q3 - Marsh Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Insurance prices barely rose in the three months to September as abundant supplies of capital allowed insurers to compete aggressively even after paying out near-record natural disaster claims last year.

  • MegaFon moves closer to London IPO-sources Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 5- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon may start pre-marketing for its London IPO next week, but is yet to make a final decision regarding timing, three sources familiar with the situation said.

  • Ikea joins queue to cut through Italian red tape Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    *Rome store held up for 7 years so far by paperwork. MILAN, Oct 5- Ikea's plan to open a third store in Rome have been wrapped up in red tape for seven years with the Swedish furniture multinational joining a queue of willing investors beginning to lose patience with Italian bureaucracy.

  • BERLIN, Oct 5- A spokeswoman for the German government declined to comment on a media report on Friday that merger talks between Airbus manufacturer EADS and British defence group had practically collapsed.

  • *More sanctions on Iran being prepared in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The European Union has begun discussing the possibility of a broad trade embargo against Iran, moving beyond the web of energy, business and financial restrictions imposed so far, in an effort to pressure Tehran not to build nuclear weapons.

  • EADS-BAE merger on brink of collapse -media report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 5- French demands have brought the planned mega-merger between European aerospace groups EADS. and BAE Systems to the brink of collapse, Germany's Spiegel Online reported on Friday.

  • EADS denies report of BAE merger collapse Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 5- EADS denied on Friday a German news report that its proposed $45 billion merger deal with BAE Systems had collapsed. "We continue to work towards the Oct. 10 deadline that we have been given by the UK government," he added.

  • UK lights to stay on if Strait of Hormuz closes-grid Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's grid operator said the lights would stay on in the UK in the event of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route for liquefied natural gas from the largest exporter Qatar which supplies nearly all of Britain's LNG.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Daily spot foreign exchange trading volumes on Thomson Reuters dealing platforms fell by more than 24 percent in September from a year earlier, company data showed on Friday.

  • UK's Oxford Street loses lustre as retailers retreat Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- London's Oxford Street, one of world's busiest shopping strips, is suffering from flat-lining demand, signalling that the global economic gloom has spread to leading retail areas.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil holds above $112 after U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil held above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

  • Portugal back on investor radars Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Portugal's first dabble in the capital markets in over a year, coupled with a show of support from the ECB over future bond-buying has sparked renewed investor interest in the credit.

  • *ends partial lock-out until Oct 12; shut since Monday* Mumbai staff hold protest march over unpaid salaries* CAPA suggests voluntary shutdown to restructure.

  • *U.S. jobless rate tumbles to near-4 year low* Gold briefly goes sub- $1,780 before steadying* Data not seen altering U.S. employment trajectory By Clare Hutchison.