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  • By Gernot Heller BERLIN, Oct 6- EADS is continuing "constructive talks" with governments over its proposed $45 billion merger deal with BAE Systems and remains convinced that it is an excellent deal for Europe, a spokesman said on Saturday.

  • BERLIN, Oct 6- EADS is continuing "constructive talks" with governments over its proposed $45 billion merger deal with BAE Systems and remains convinced that it is an excellent deal for Europe, a spokesman said on Saturday.

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 5- Tensions over a supermerger between EADS and BAE Systems spilled into the open on Friday and cast doubt on a rapidly approaching deadline as France, Britain and Germany jockeyed over the role of the state in the world's largest aerospace and arms group.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- France will not rule out buying shares from Lagardere that would raise its stake in a merger of EADS and BAE, a French government source said on Friday, raising the prospect of a deal-breaking clash with Britain.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- France will not rule out buying shares from Lagardere that would raise its stake in a merger of EADS and BAE, a French government source said, raising the prospect of a clash with Britain over control of the merged group. Britain, France and Germany are still in disagreement over how to proceed with the proposed merger. Keywords: EADS BAE/ FRANCE STAKE.

  • VALLETTA, Oct 5- French President Francois Hollande said on Friday the companies involved in a proposed deal to merge EADS with British defence group BAE. "We have said what we consider as the conditions," Hollande told reporters at a summit of North African and European countries in Malta. "

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 5- Talks over a European supermerger between EADS and BAE Systems reached a political crunch point on Friday as Britain, France and Germany attempted to narrow differences on a $45 billion proposal to create the world's largest aerospace and arms group. Time is running out before a UK deadline of Oct. 10 for a deal.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- British defence group BAE denied on Friday a German media report that its proposed deal with EADS had collapsed. "The deal is not off and we continue to work towards the 10th October deadline set by the UK Takeover Panel," a spokesman said. "

  • PARIS, Oct 5- A media report that a planned merger between European aerospace group EADS and British defence company BAE Systems was on the brink of collapse is "unfounded", a senior French government source said on Friday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *France, Britain said to support deal, Germany seeks stake. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 5- EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger to create the world's biggest arms group amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control is a big obstacle, sources close to the talks said.

  • *France, Britain said to support deal, Germany seeks stake. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 5- EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger to create the world's biggest arms group amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control is a big obstacle, sources close to the talks said.

  • *Boeing sells 962 planes in Jan. 1- Oct. 2. *Airbus 9- mth deliveries total 405 vs 436 for Boeing. PARIS, Oct 5- European planemaker Airbus won less than half as many aircraft orders as Boeing in the first nine months of the year as its U.S. arch-rival benefited from a surge in demand for its new fuel-efficient single-aisle model.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- European planemaker Airbus won 437 aircraft orders in the first nine months of the year and made 405 deliveries to airline and leasing customers, it said on Friday. Net orders in the period from January to September reached 382 after taking into account 55 cancellations, Airbus said.

  • EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control remain a major hurdle, sources close to the talks said.

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    Alistair Darling has made a forceful intervention in the plans by EADS to combine with BAE Systems, saying British interests were bound to suffer because the UK government would have no equity stake in the enlarged group. The FT reports.

  • Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.

  • Oct 4- Boeing Co said on Thursday it doubled deliveries of its fuel-efficient 787 jets in the third quarter to 12, compared with six in the second quarter. Boeing is years behind its initial delivery schedule on the new light-weight, carbon-composite 787 aircraft after extensive development delays.