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  • HELSINKI, Oct 8- Finland's finance minister will miss meetings with her European counterparts on Monday and Tuesday after falling ill, a finance ministry official said.

  • NORDIC STOCKS - Factors to watch on Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    Dame Marjorie Scardino is preparing to give up her role as the vice-chair of the Finnish phone-maker Nokia, Financial Times reported on Sunday, just days after Scardino announced her departure from the helm of Pearson. Scardino, Nokia's vice-chair since 2007, was quoted as saying it was a "natural schedule" to leave the board next spring.

  • INDICATORS - Czech Republic - October 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    ===============================================================================KEY INTEREST RATES 2- WEEK REPO DISCOUNT LOMBARD rate 0.25 pct 0.10 pct 0.75 pct last changed Sept 27, 2012 Sept 27, 2012 Sept 27, 2012 former rate 0.50 pct 0.25 pct 1.50 pct.

  • INDICATORS - Slovakia - Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    SLOVAK EU-NORM INFLATION AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11. SLOVAK HEADLINE CPI AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11.

  • ZURICH, Oct 8- The Swiss unemployment rate held steady at a non-seasonally adjusted 2.8 percent in September, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs said on xxday. When adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 2.9 percent, also unchanged from the previous month. For recent Swiss National Bank comments...

  • BRIEF-Commissioners Gold-trading halt Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:49 AM ET

    Oct 8- Commissioners Gold Ltd:.

  • South African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:46 AM ET

    DIARY For South Africa corporate diary, click on For southern and South Africa diary, click on COMPANIES- PSG will release interim results.- The following company are trading ex-dividend or without a right to their latest dividend payout: DRDGold, Sasol, Aveng, African Oxygen, Cashbuild, Discovery, RMB Holdings, FirstRand, RMI Holdings and AVI Ltd,.

  • New Hope Corp Ltd lags on analyst revisions among 35 companies in Australia's energy sector tracked by at least three analysts, data from Thomson Reuters StarMine shows. The company's free cash flow declined from A $8 million to a negative of A $27 million between July 2011 and July 2012.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 8- Cipla Medpro South Africa Ltd:. *Says CEO cancelled employment contract with immediate effect. *Says CEO would institute legal action to claim damages.

  • DUBAI, Oct 8- Almarai Co:.

  • Oct 8- Philip Morris International Inc:. *Nomura raises Philip Morris International Inc price target to $83.70. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.

  • Taiwan stocks dragged down by LCD and chip makers Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:40 AM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 8- Taiwan stocks ended down 0.97 percent on Monday, as investors sold LCD makers. shed 2.09 percent while LCD firm AU Optronics lost 2.34 percent. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.118 to trade at T $29.25.

  • SYDNEY Oct. 8, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that its rating on QR National Ltd. is not immediately affected by the company's agreement with Queensland Treasury Holdings Pty Ltd. to buy back A $1 billion of QRN shares currently held by QTC.

  • *Nomura cuts Imperial Tobacco Group PLC to reduce from neutral; price. *Nomura raises British American Tobacco PLC price target to 3506 p. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Nomura cuts Metro AG price target Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:39 AM ET

    *Nomura cuts Metro AG price target to 24 euros from 28 euros; rating. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:37 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Oct 8- The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Monday. *The rules of the game in South Africa's labour market have changed and. wildcat strikers at mining giant Anglo American Platinum.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 8- Mediclinic International Ltd:. *Says rights offer was 99.7 percent subscribed for. *Says excess rights offer shares to be allocated for 0.3 percent of rights.

  • ended slightly lower on Friday, breaking a four-session winning run, while the MSCI broad index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan. on Tuesday, and after the World Bank cut its economic growth forecasts for the East Asia and Pacific region, warning about risks the slowdown in China could get worse and last longer than expected.