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  • LONDON, Oct 9- British factory output fell more than expected in August and the country's trade deficit widened sharply, data showed on Tuesday, dampening prospects of a sustained recovery in the second half of 2012.. ANALYST VIEWS ANNALISA PIAZZA, NEWEDGE STRATEGY:.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- British factory output fell more than expected in August and the country's trade deficit widened sharply, data showed on Tuesday, dampening prospects of a sustained recovery in the second half of 2012.. ANALYST VIEWS VICTORIA CLARKE, INVESTEC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- British factory output fell more than expected in August and the country's trade deficit widened sharply, data showed on Tuesday, dampening prospects of a sustained recovery in the second half of 2012.. Following is a summary of the data and economists' reactions. ANALYST VIEWS ALAN CLARKE, SCOTIABANK:.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- British factory output fell more than expected in August and the country's trade deficit widened sharply, data showed on Tuesday, dampening prospects of a sustained recovery in the second half of 2012.. ANALYST VIEWS BRIAN HILLIARD, SOCIETE GENERALE:.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's biggest banks are teaming up with part state-owned insurer CNP to pool their shareholdings in various companies into a fund worth at least 1 billion euros, French daily Le Figaro said on Tuesday.

  • UPDATE 1-Gas Natural sells 500 mln euro 4-year bond Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:34 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 9- Spanish gas company Gas Natural. Barclays, CaixaBank, Citigroup, Mitsubishi and Societe Generale handled the sale. Improved financing conditions have prompted a run of Spanish corporate issues since the ECB announcement, including two from Telefonica, banks Santander and BBVA and utility Iberdrola.

  • Laredo stockholders to sell 12.5 million shares Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 6:31 PM ET

    TULSA, Okla.-- Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc. said Monday that stockholders are selling 12.5 million shares in the company _ about 10 percent of the total outstanding shares _ through a secondary public offering.

  • By Marc Jones and Aimee Donnellan. LONDON, Oct 8- The European Central Bank will end its second covered bond purchase programme at the start of November as planned, euro zone monetary sources say, despite having spent less than half the money set aside for it.

  • Despite a 22 percent recovery rally since early June, nearly half of euro zone blue chips making up the Euro STOXX 50 index still trade at less than their book value, with banks featuring among Europe's cheapest stocks. Nineteen out of 50 stocks listed in the index trade at a price-to-book ratio of less than 1.00, with Societe Generale at 0.39, UniCredit.

  • ATHENS, Oct 5- National Bank of Greece made a share-swap offer to buy all of rival Eurobank and create the country's biggest lender, it said on Friday, the latest move in efforts to consolidate the Greek banking industry.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent in August, as 114,000 jobs were added. "The big shock was the drop in the rate, the consensus number was right in line," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent in August, as 114,000 jobs were added. "The big shock was the drop in the rate, the consensus number was right in line," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas. ATHENS, Oct 5- National Bank of Greece and Eurobank are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday, the latest move in efforts to consolidate the Greek banking industry.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms three Czech banks Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    Oct 5- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ceska Sporitelna and Komercni Banka's. CS's Long-term IDR is equalised with that of its 98% shareholder, Erste Group Bank AG, reflecting what Fitch views as an extremely high propensity to provide support to CS. KB's Long-term IDR is driven by potential support from its majority shareholder, Societe Generale.

  • *Merger would form Greece's biggest lender* Shares suspended pending announcements* NBG, Eurobank hold board meetings By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas.

  • Technip leads European share rebound in thin trade Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    *Technip rises 2.5 pct after Mexico contract win. LONDON, Oct 5- European shares rose in thin trade on Friday as investors bought into recent dips, with F rench oil services firm Technip.

  • ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National and Eurobank, are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica and Italy's Mediobanca, encouraged by a sell-out deal from Spanish bank BBVA in the dollar market overnight, took advantage of more stable market conditions to bring new euro bonds on Friday.

  • ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National Bank and Eurobank are in talks on a merger that would create the country's biggest lender, banking sources told Reuters on Friday. Greece's banks are under pressure to consolidate after deep losses from the country's debt restructuring, plus deposit outflows and rising bad loans.

  • US investors swamp BBVA as periphery regains favour Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- In a startling change of fortune, Spain's BBVA was swamped with USD7.5bn of demand for a USD2bn three-year Yankee bond yesterday, the first time US investors have shown interest in buying Spanish financial risk in more than 17 months.