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  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- The head of Sweden's financial watchdog said on Wednesday that European banking union plans risked creating a division between members of the pact and those outside it.

  • *BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest. STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1. Private equity firms BC Partners, EQT, Providence Equity Partners and network Discovery Communications have shown interest for the assets, according to two people, who declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to media.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden's financial watchdog said current proposals for a European banking union could run the risk of dividing the single market and that supervision should be complemented by a system for dealing with failing banks before it was introduced.

  • Greenpeace said two other protesters were still hiding at another plant on the eastern coast. Fifty others scaled the outer fences of the Forsmark reactor site, Greenpeace said. "We still have two guys at the Forsmark site who have not been found," Greenpeace spokeswoman Birgitte Lesanner said. "

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- The European Union said on Wednesday it had reduced the duties imposed on screws and bolts from China after the World Trade Organisation found flaws in the way they were initially calculated. China is a subject in 21 of the European Commission's 41 ongoing investigations into subsidies and dumping.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden's central bank has a lot of questions about plans for a European Union bank union, which includes a single supervisory body, a central bank official said on Wednesday. Comments from First Deputy Central Bank Governor Kerstin af Jochnick showed the bank lining up with the government, which has criticised the EU bank union proposals.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden's central bank has a lot of questions about plans for a European Union bank union, which includes a single supervisory body, a central bank official said on Wednesday. Comments from First Deputy Central Bank Governor Kerstin af Jochnick showed the bank lining up with the government, which has criticised the EU bank union proposals.

  • OSLO, Oct 10- Nordic spot power prices were expected to rise to above 40 euros per megawatt-hour on lower wind output and higher consumption, analysts at Point Carbon said on Wednesday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Six environmental activists evaded police and hid overnight at two Swedish nuclear power plants after the sites were invaded on the previous day by Greenpeace campaigners demanding the closure of the stations on grounds of poor security. Security at Swedish NPPs terrible, " Isadora Wronski tweeted.

  • Credit Suisse recommends investing in global small and mid capitalisation European companies, saying that cheap valuations support a bullish outlook despite the headwind of regional outlook concerns. "European small caps have not performed as strongly as expected in 2012," Credit Suisse analysts say in a note.

  • Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that Nyberg may resign before his term ends at the end of next year after allegations of wrongdoing by TeliaSonera in a purchase of a 3 G licence in Uzbekistan in 2007.. "TeliaSonera's board of directors has full confidence in Chief Executive Lars Nyberg," Chairman Anders Narvinger said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Swedish industrial production rose 0.4 percent in August from the previous month and expanded 3.2 percent year-on-year, the statistics office said on Wednesday. Industry order books shrank 6.5 percent from the same month a year ago the office said.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Skanska AB:. *To widen California freeway for USD 67 m, about SEK 460 m. *included in order bookings for Skanska USA Civil in the third quarter 2012.

  • "TeliaSonera's board of directors has full confidence in Chief Executive Lars Nyberg," chairman Anders Narvinger said in an emailed statement.

  • For more on the company, click on TELIASONERA. TeliaSonera's chief executive Lars Nyberg may resign before his term ends amid allegations of wrongdoings during its purchase of a 3 G licence in Uzbekistan in 2007, daily Dagens Nyheter reported, quoting sources. TeliaSonera was not immediately available for comment.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden's financial watchdog said on Wednesday that banks should retain responsibility for setting Swedish interbank rates, the system for which is under review by the central bank in the wake of the rigging of its London equivalent.

  • OSLO, Oct 10- Norway's registered unemployment rate is expected to stay unchanged at 2.5 percent until the end of 2014, the public Labour and Welfare Administration said on Wednesday.

  • *11 countries back financial transaction tax* Britain, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly oppose* Greek police battle protesters as Merkel visits Athens* French lawmakers endorse fiscal discipline treaty By John O'Donnell and Harry Papachristou.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 9- Environmental activists from Greenpeace broke into restricted areas surrounding two Swedish nuclear power plants on Tuesday to highlight what they said were safety deficiencies.

  • *UK, Sweden, free-marketeers strongly opposed. The initiative, pushed hard by Germany and France but strongly opposed by Britain, Sweden and other free-marketeers, gained critical mass at a European Union finance ministers' meeting in Luxembourg, when more than the required nine states agreed to use a treaty provision to launch the tax.