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  • BUDAPEST, Oct 4- The zloty held gains in early Thursday trade after Poland kept interest rates unchanged in the previous session, going against market expectations for a cut, while stock markets across central Europe inched higher.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday. PRAGUE- Czech central bank governing board to hold a regular weekly meeting. PRAGUE- Car Importers' Association to hold a news conference on third quarter passenger car registrations.

  • BRATISLAVA, Oct 4- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Thursday. Slovakia's rising debt will likely force it to drop tentative plans to tap international markets once more this year due to its debt brake law, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

  • Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch, which may affect Poland's financial markets on Thursday. Poland's finance ministry offers 3.0- 5.0 billion zlotys in bonds due January 2017, April 2017 and January 2021.

  • *Polish economy, east Europe's biggest, is slowing sharply. WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, surprising analysts who had expected a cut and prompting concerns the central bank may have left it too late to counter a sharp economic slowdown. Poland is moving in the direction of a wrong policy mix. "

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Polish central bank head Marek Belka said on Wednesday he was not concerned a strong zloty currency would hurt the economy, after the bank's rate-setting council decided not to bow to pressure for a rate cut.

  • Electricity for Wednesday delivery gained 13.80 euros to 44.90 euros per megawatt hour in the over-the-counter market after the Reunification Day holiday in neighbouring Germany had sapped demand a day earlier.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland's central bank will cut interest rates if incoming data and the November inflation projection show a protracted slowdown and limited price pressures, the bank's rate setting panel said on Wednesday in its post-meeting statement.

  • By Jason Hovet and Krisztina Than. PRAGUE/ BUDAPEST, Oct 3- The zloty jumped half a percent on Wednesday after the Polish central bank held interest rates, surprising analysts who had expected a cut to counter a slowdown in the region's largest economy.

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  • LONDON/ MILAN, Oct 3- Offshore natural gas could dramatically change Greece's fortunes, should early estimates of $600 billion worth of reserves be confirmed, according to a study presented to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in June and seen by Reuters.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland's central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 4.75 percent on Wednesday, defying expectations that it would cut borrowing costs to help the ailing economy. Twenty-one out of 27 analysts polled by Reuters last week had expected the bank's 10- strong Monetary Policy Council to cut the key rate by 25 basis points to 4.50.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland's central bank will announce its monthly interest rate decision at 1140 GMT, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Oct 03- The increase in the Polish government's expected deficit in its 2013 budget reflects a more realistic forecast of the economy, rather than any weakening in the Polish government's commitment to fiscal prudence, Fitch Ratings says. Slower growth remains the principal risk to successful financial consolidation.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Poland wants its new shale gas law to go into force next year, Piotr Wozniak, the deputy environment minister responsible for the draft law said on Wednesday, but added that it would be best if a shale gas tax waited until at least 2016..

  • China's official services PMI slowed to 53.7 percent in September from 56.3 in August, highlighting the economy's seventh straight quarter of slowdown, while Australia posted weak export data.

  • *Poland seen cutting rates as slowdown deepens. PRAGUE, Oct 3- The zloty led losses in central European currencies on Wednesday, while Polish bonds were a tad stronger ahead of a central bank decision, which is expected to make the third cut in interest rates in the region in a week. By 0909 GMT, the zloty.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- Polish grid operator PSE Operator has granted a permit to connect Energa's proposed 600 megawatt combined cycle gas and steam fired unit in Grudziadz to Poland's power system, the transmission system operator said on Wednesday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 3- Volvo AB expects low growth in bus demand in Europe and aims to move its bus production to Poland and shut its Swedish plant, the company said on Wednesday.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- GDF Suez would demand compensation from Poland if the country brings in a new renewables law cutting support for green energy, Chief Executive of GDF's Polish unit Grzegorz Gorski was quoted saying on Wednesday.