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Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 2

BRATISLAVA, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Tuesday.

JULY C/A COMMENT

The central bank will comment on preliminary July current account data, with figures due on Wednesday.

RAIFFEISENBANK RETAIL BANKING

Austria's Raiffeisenbank board member Aris Bogdaneris to meet with media on new retail banking model in Slovakia, 0700 GMT.

MOODY'S SAYS SLOVAK BANK LEVY TO HIT PROFITS, LOANS, CREDIT

The Slovak government's decision to double a levy on bank deposits will hurt banks' profitability and creditworthiness and eventually dent their loan capacity, credit rating agency Moody's said on Monday in a special report.

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RAIFFEISEN STYLES POLAND STRATEGY AS "FARMERS AND HUNTERS" COMBO

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) RBIV.VI intends to meld the conservative business of its own Polish bank with the more aggressive ambitions of its new Polbank unit to forge a growth machine in Poland, one of its key emerging Europe markets, executives said.

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SLOVAK YEAR-TO-DATE BUDGET DEFICIT NARROWS IN SEPT

The Slovak year-to-date central government budget deficit narrowed in September to 2.586 billion euros ($3.33 billion), staying well above the year-earlier gap of 2.159 billion, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

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STRIKE ALERT AT VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA

Unions and workers at Slovak assembly plant of Germany's Volkswagen

have called a strike alert following nine rounds of failed talks over wage hikes. Unions seek a 6.8 percent increase, while the company proposed a 3.2 percent rise.

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Slovak refinery Slovnaft, unit of Hungary's MOL, plans to lay off 7 percent out of its 3,600 workers as the group seeks to cope with deteriorating conditions on the world's oil-products markets.

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