Business Middle East

  • KUWAIT, Oct 1- Kuwait's government should take all necessary measures to cut spending and current monetary policy settings are in line with economic developments, Central Bank Governor Mohammad al-Hashel said on Monday.

  • Mumtalakat is wholly-owned by the Government of Bahrain and was created to act as an independent holding company for the Government of Bahrain's stakes in strategic non-oil and gas assets of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • Oct 1- The premier of the oil-rich province of Alberta sees benefits in the proposed sale of Nexen Inc to a Chinese state-owned company, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

  • *Dubai lender ENBD and Morocco's Attijari among bidders. DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's AttijariWafabank have bid to buy BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks pick up assets being shed by European lenders.

  • MILAN, Oct 1- Who knows what Cosimo Ruggieri would have thought about ending up in a gelato museum? Alchemist at the court of the Medici, Ruggieri, the story goes, created the ice-cream that Catherine De Medici took to Paris in the 1530 s to wow the French.

  • *Xstrata splits votes to secure merger approval. *Xstrata to retain majority of board seats after Davis departure. LONDON, Oct 1- Mining group Xstrata gave its long-awaited blessing on Monday to a revised $33 billion bid from trader Glencore, bowing to investor pressure by changing the deal to ensure a payment plan to keep its top managers does not sink the tie-up.

  • The report raised questions in Sweden about Ikea's commitment to gender equality, and the company released a statement expressing "regret" over the issue. "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the IKEA Group values," the company said.

  • --Ukrainian agricultural producer Agroton Public Ltd. has made progress collecting accounts receivables, the recoverability of which was questioned by its previous auditor.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday.

  • KUWAIT, Oct 1- Kuwait's government should take all necessary measures to cut spending and current monetary policy settings are in line with economic developments, Central Bank Governor Mohammad al-Hashel said on Monday.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Russia's Gazprom Marketing and Trading has signed a legally binding agreement to supply liquefied natural gas to India's GAIL for 20 years, the companies said on Monday.

  • While Norwegian gas exports to continental Europe are supplied under long-term contracts that are linked to the oil price, Britain receives most of its Norwegian gas under hub market terms that are priced off Britain's National Balancing Point and have lesser binding supply obligations.

  • Oct 01- Europe, Middle East and African Auto ABS.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. Willett joins from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Murphy joins Barclays from HSBC, London, where he was a director in the project& export finance.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- Fuel oil arbitrage arrivals into Asia were expected to further depress the fuel oil market, as demand from China's small and medium sized refiners remained thin. As China's economy slows, demand for refined products has decreased due to slowing industrial demand for power generation fuels.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- The Asian naphtha price was at a two-session low of $973 a tonne on Monday but margins were up for the fourth session to reach a three-week high of $134.43 a tonne as strong gasoline demand in the West continued to support the market. The strong gasoline demand in the U.S. and West Africa have likely caused Europe to cut back on its naphtha exports.

  • CAIRO, Oct 1- The IMF has delayed sending a team to Cairo to negotiate a $4.8 billion loan while the Egyptian government works to complete its economic reform programme, a newspaper quoted the country's Finance Minister as saying. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.

  • *Barwa is part-owned by Qatar Holding. DOHA/ DUBAI, Oct 1- Barwa Bank, a Qatari lender part-owned by Qatar Holding, plans an initial public offering on the Doha stock exchange and is being advised by local investment bank QInvest, Barwa's top executive said on Monday. Barwa Bank is 37.3- percent owned by Barwa Real Estate Co.