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BERLIN, Oct 8- Volkswagen's Audi. luxury-car division increased sales by 13.6 percent in September to 136,600 vehicles, powered by demand from China and the United States.
MOSCOW, Oct 8- Sales of new cars in Russia grew 10 percent year-on-year in September, the Association of European Businesses said on Monday, after a rise of 15 percent the previous month. The AEB expects that 2.8 million cars would be sold in Russia during 2012, around 7.5 percent up on the previous year.
VOLKSWAGEN Indicated 0.7 percent lower. Separately, Volkswagen could start selling its Golf 7 plug-in hybrid car from 2014, a year earlier than previously planned, German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing no sources.
*Toyota, Honda to cut working hours, slow line speed-Nikkei. TOKYO, Oct 8- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co plan to slash production in China by roughly half, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as a territorial row between Asia's two largest economies cuts sales of Japanese cars in the world's biggest auto market.
index were up by 0.6 percent, while the futures contracts on Germany's DAX and France's CAC were up by 0.5 percent. Financial spreadbetters also expected Britain's FTSE 100. "I think it's going to be reasonably quiet ahead of the payrolls, but Spanish yields are creeping up, which is slightly worrying," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.
Related news DEUTSCHE TELEKOM Indicated 0.4 percent higher. Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.
FRANKFURT, Oct 4- German carmaker Volkswagen. Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker and on course to overtake U.S. rival General Motors this year as the world's second-biggest carmaker, aims to sell 10 million vehicles by 2018, up from the 8.36 million recorded last year. The figure includes those made by truck units MAN and Scania.
FRANKFURT, Oct 4- BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, increased sales of its flagship BMW brand in China by 55 percent in September to roughly 27,000 vehicles, the company said on Thursday. In the first nine months, China sales gained 32.7 percent to 219,800 vehicles. Audi meanwhile reported China sales rose 20 percent to 35,512 vehicles last month.
*Morgan Stanley in commodities talks with Qatar for a year. DUBAI/ LONDON, Oct 4- Morgan Stanley's talks with Qatar's sovereign wealth fund over the sale of its commodities business have run into difficulty, and the deal may need to be reworked if it is to go ahead, banking sources said.
*Island row taking toll on sales for Japan automakers. Violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products broke out across China in mid-September after Japan bought two of the East China Sea islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, from their private owners.
PRAGUE, Oct 4- Czech new passenger car registrations fell by 6 percent year on year in the third quarter to 36,826 units as demand in the recession-hit economy ebbed, the country's Car Importers Association said on Thursday.
FRANKFURT, Oct 4- Volkswagen's premium brand Audi increased sales in China by 20 percent to 35,512 vehicles in September, the company said on Thursday. China, where Audi is the leading premium carmaker, is the brand's single largest market. Audi competes closely with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
*Hyundai global sales reach 371,743 vehicles, up 3.4 pct. *Hyundai may have benefited from anti- Japan protests in China. The figures, although below some expectations for record monthly numbers, will provide some reassurance that Hyundai has put its costliest strike ever behind it.
FRANKFURT, Oct 4- The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.4 percent higher on Thursday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang& Schwarz at 0614 GMT. Related news AIR BERLIN Indicated 2.2 percent higher.
*Hyundai global sales reach 371,743 vehicles* Hyundai ramps up output after strike ends* Production rises in U.S., China help ease tight supply SEOUL, Oct 4- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co.
LONDON, Oct 4- European shares were set to rise on Thursday, mirroring gains in the United States and Asia, with investors positioning for more soothing data and some clarity on Spain's likely aid request during a European Central Bank press conference after its rate verdict.
The head of VW's works council, Bernd Osterloh, urged the company to offer a low-cost car in emerging markets to counter weak sales in Europe, German paper Handelsblatt reported, citing Osterloh.
MILAN, Oct 3- Fiat Industrial's, plans to combine with CNH Global NV could be delayed after independent directors of the U.S. farm and construction equipment maker questioned the share swap terms of the deal, sources familiar with the matter said.
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM Indicated 0.1 percent lower. Deutsche Telekom is in talks to merge its T-Mobile USA unit with smaller rival MetroPCS, in a move that could pave the way for the German company to eventually exit the U.S. wireless market.
MILAN, Oct 3- Fiat Industrial, the truck and construction equipment maker, has hit a likely delay in plans for a full combination with U.S. unit CNH Global NV.