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  • Oct 12- Italian EU-harmonised consumer prices rose 2.1 percent month-on-month in September, official statistics agency ISTAT said on Friday, confirming preliminary data, with the year-on-year inflation rate rising to 3.4 percent from 3.3 percent in August.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Deutsche Bank cuts Swedbank to hold Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:00 AM ET

    Oct 12-:* Deutsche Bank cuts Swedbank Nordea to hold from buy* Deutsche Bank raises DNB target price to 81 Nok from 77 Nok* Deutsche Bank raises SEB target price to Sek 51 from Sek 48. *Deutsche Bank raises Svenska Handelsbanken target price to Sek 205. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 12- The retired space shuttle Endeavour sets off on Friday for a road trip unlike any of its previous journeys, one that will see it crawl through the streets of Los Angeles instead of hurtling through the solitary reaches of space.

  • Zimbabwe economy seen growing 8.9 pct in 2013-finmin Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:59 AM ET

    HARARE, Oct 12- Zimbabwe's economy is projected to grow 8.9 percent next year if the political environment remains stable and the government lives within its expenditure targets, the finance ministry said on Friday in a pre-budget statement.

  • TEXT-S&P summary: Groupe Auchan S.A. Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:58 AM ET

    Oct 12-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Groupe Auchan S.A.---------------------------- 12- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: A/Stable/A-1 Country: France Primary SIC: Miscellaneous retail stores, nec=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 30- Jun-2003 A/A-1 A/A-1 05- Nov-2002--/ A-1--/ A-1=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • *Moody's changes ratings outlook on Suhyup Bank to stable from negative.

  • *Germany gives no ground on question of Greece. TOKYO, Oct 12- Germany held firm on Friday in insisting it was too soon to say Greece deserved more time to meet its budget-cutting goals even as the head of the IMF laid out the case for leniency.

  • BEIJING, Oct 12- Chinese banks made 623.2 billion yuan worth of new loans in September, the People's Bank of China said on Friday, slightly lower than market expectations for 650 billion yuan. --New bank lending in September at 623.2 billion yuan. SHEN JIANGAUNG, CHIEF ECONOMIST, MIZUHO SECURITIES IN HONG KONG:.

  • Oct 12- Piaggio& C SpA:. *Mediobanca cuts Piaggio to underperform from neutral. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Numis raises Reed Elsevier to buy Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:53 AM ET

    Oct 12- Reed Elsevier PLC:. *Numis raises Reed Elsevier PLC to buy from add; price target to 737 p. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Numis cuts RWS Holdings to add Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:53 AM ET

    Oct 12- RWS Holdings PLC:. *Numis cuts RWS Holdings PLC to add from buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 12- Inflation in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, will be lower than 4.6 percent this year, Central Bank Director Perry Warjiyo said on Friday.

  • New Issue-KfW prices 750 mln stg 2017 bond Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:52 AM ET

    October 11- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on Thursday.

  • Societe Generale strategists expects a key pan-European index to fall 6.6 percent in the next six months as earnings downgrades and slower-than-expected progress in tackling the euro zone crisis hit sentiment after a rally in the third-quarter.

  • Oct 12- Mytrah Energy Ltd:. *Deutsche Bank cuts Mytrah Energy target price to 85 p from 115 p;. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • BEIJING, Oct 12- Chinese banks made 623.2 billion yuan worth of new loans in September, the People's Bank of China said on Friday, slightly lower than market expectations for 650 billion yuan. SUN JUNWEI, CHINA ECONOMIST, HSBC IN BEIJING:. STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, ASIA CHIEF ECONOMIST, BBVA IN HONG KONG:.

  • STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Index up, mining stocks lead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:49 AM ET

    Coal miner PT Berau Coal soared as much as 20 percent to 240 rupiah, following Bakrie Group's proposal to buy back its shares from London- listed parent company, Bumi Plc. Miner PT Bayan Resources Tbk jumped 9.1 percent to 12,000 rupiah and shares of Asia's biggest thermal coal exporter, Bumi Resources jumped as much as 5.55 percent to 760 rupiah.

  • Oct 12- Go-Ahead Group PLC:. *BofA Merrill cuts Go Ahead Group- to underperform. Oct 12- Go-Ahead Group PLC:.

  • Namibia inflation quickens to 6.7 pct y/y in Sept Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:47 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct 12- Namibia's headline consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in six months to 6.7 percent year-on-year in September from 5.8 percent in August, the statistics agency said on Friday.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Oriel cuts Morgan Crucible Co to hold Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:46 AM ET

    Oct 12- Morgan Crucible Co Plc:. *Oriel cuts Morgan Crucible Co to hold from buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.