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  • STOCKS NEWS INDONESIA-Index up, mining stocks lead Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:49 AM ET

    Coal miner PT Berau Coal soared as much as 20 percent to 240 rupiah, following Bakrie Group's proposal to buy back its shares from London- listed parent company, Bumi Plc. Miner PT Bayan Resources Tbk jumped 9.1 percent to 12,000 rupiah and shares of Asia's biggest thermal coal exporter, Bumi Resources jumped as much as 5.55 percent to 760 rupiah.

  • *British Gas says faces rising wholesale prices and upgrade costs. LONDON, Oct 12- Centrica PLC, the owner of British Gas, Britain's biggest energy supplier, is hiking its domestic gas and electricity prices by 6 percent next month, saying the "unwelcome news" for already tight household budgets was necessary to cover rising wholesale prices.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe rise strongly Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:19 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 12- Norwegian pipeline gas exports rose strongly on Friday morning on higher flows to Britain, indicating the Royal Dutch Shell's. Exports to Europe including Britain gained by 30.3 million cubic metres to 282.8 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 252.5 mcm daily average on Thursday, data from gas system operator Gassco showed.

  • European shares lower on poor Q3 earnings view Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- European shares fell on Friday on persistent concerns about the outlook for the third-quarter earnings season that is expected to keep regional markets within a tight near-term range. At 0709 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.4 percent to 1.094. 81 points.

  • Britain's FTSE slips back after rally Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:16 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent after gains Thursday. Morgan Crucible shares dropped 12.3 percent, topping the FTSE 250. In response, Oriel Securities downgraded its rating for Morgan Crucible to "hold" from "buy".

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's Debt Management Office has appointed Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Lloyds as bookrunners of the syndicated sale of a new 2044 conventional gilt in the week of Oct. 22, it said on Friday.

  • BRIEF-Centrica announces British Gas price hikes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:03 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Centrica PLC:. *Will raise domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 6% on 16. *Annual dual fuel bills for British gas customers with average consumption.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- British builders' merchant and do-it-yourself retailer Travis Perkins posted a 3.5 percent decline in underlying sales after poor weather and tough competition crimped trading in its third quarter.

  • Oct 12- Chemring Group Plc said U.S. private equity company Carlyle Group has been granted another extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline to hammer out an offer for the defence equipment maker. The UK takeover panel has extended until Nov. 9 the deadline for Carlyle to table a firm bid for Chemring or walk away.

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Oct 12 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:47 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15 to 18 points, or 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating after a strong rise in the previous session after Wall Street pared its gains to end flat and Asian markets fell overnight. *Banks will be in focus as JPMorgan Chase& Co. and Wells Fargo.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Interserve PLC:.

  • BRIEF-Mission Marketing buys balloon dog agency Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Mission Marketing Group PLC:. *Acquisition, placing and board appointment. *acquired Friars 573 Ltd, trading as balloon dog, for up to  £3.2 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- GW Pharmaceuticals PLC:. *Positive German sativex data presented at ectrims. *confirms clinically relevant benefits in Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Travis Perkins PLC:. *Group financial director, Paul Hampden Smith to step down. *making good progress in its search for a new Group Finance Director.

  • BRIEF-Travis Perkins sales slip in Q3 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Travis Perkins PLC:. *Total like-for-like sales per trading day% for Q3. *Remain on target to meet market expectations.

  • BRIEF-Computacenter third quarter revenue rises Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Computacenter PLC:. *UK continued its revenue improvement with growth of 12% in the third quarter. *In France, overall revenue performance was flat in the third quarter and 7%.

  • BRIEF-Hargreaves Lansdown Q1 net inflows 550 mln stg Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Hargreaves Lansdown PLC:. *Assets under administration increased  £2.2 billion in three months to 30. September to  £28.5 billion.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- The Unite Group PLC:.

  • Carlyle gets more time to make an offer for Chemring Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    Oct 12- Chemring Group Plc said private equity company Carlyle Group had been granted another extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline to make an offer for the defence equipment maker.

  • Russia's MDMG sets IPO price at $12 per GDR Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:07 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group said on Friday it had priced its initial public offering at $12 per global depositary receipt, raising $311 million assuming full exercise of an over-allotment option. The statement confirmed earlier Reuters report that MD Medical Group will sell shares at no less than $12 per GDR.