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  • UK insurers push for seat at regulators' top table Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    *Banking industry like a "naughty child"- Hiscox CEO. The pressure comes as Britain prepares to scrap its financial services watchdog early next year and replace it with two new bodies: the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, part of the Bank of England.

  • BRIEF-Old Mutual to sell five of its US affiliates Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Old Mutual PLC:. *Entered definitive agreements to sell five of its US affiliates to their. *These businesses had combined assets under management of $11.7 billion at 30.

  • TEXT-Fitch:Issuer report grades improve reporting Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    Oct 11- Fitch Ratings says in a new report that 30% of structured finance transactions are now achieving higher Issuer Report Grades then at the end of 2011. The agency has updated its Issuer Report Grades scores for EMEA transactions.

  • UPDATE 2-GlaxoSmithKline to reveal more drug secrets Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    *Move follows record fraud fine in United States. LONDON, Oct 11- GlaxoSmithKline, criticised in the past for keeping important information about its medicines to itself, is to lift the lid on more of its drug data secrets.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Union's top official fleshed out his ideas for a separate budget for euro zone countries on Thursday, and indirectly warned British Prime Minister David Cameron about using the proposal for his own political gain.

  • Rolling Stones release new single, reviews mixed Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- The Rolling Stones released new single "Doom and Gloom" on Thursday, their first new song in over six years, and early reviews were mixed.

  • UK's winter gas at risk from shaky Norway exports Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    *Qatari LNG supplies to UK also down sharply. *UK spot gas prices up 10 pct since beginning of Oct. LONDON, Oct 11- Britain's winter gas supply may hit a crunch in a cold snap after volatile imports from Norway due to technical problems compound variable shipments from Qatar.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Smiths Group PLC:. *Smiths Group announces senior management changes. *Duncan Gillis, appointed CEO of John Crane.

  • UPDATE 2-Azeri president attacks BP over low oil output Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET

    BAKU/ LONDON, Oct 11- Azerbaijan accused BP on Wednesday of making "false promises" on oil output and said the state had missed out on $8 billion of potential revenues from what is one of the company's biggest projects in the world.

  • New Issue-Nestle Finance prices 500 mln euro 2016 bond Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    October 11- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 2-Azeri attacks BP over low oil output Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    BAKU/ LONDON, Oct 11- Azerbaijan accused BP on Wednesday of making "false promises" on oil output and said the state had missed out on $8 billion of potential revenues from what is one of the company's biggest projects in the world.

  • Cotton falls further as USDA ups stocks estimate again Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    Oct 11- Cotton prices extended losses in early trade on Thursday after the U.S. government increased its inventory forecast for the season to end-July 2013 to a record of close to 80 million 480- lb bales. It was the third monthly increase by the U.S. Department of Agriculture since the new marketing season started on Aug. 1.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Financier Nat Rothschild, one of the founders of coal miner Bumi Plc, said on Thursday he saw challenges for the company even after the exit of Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family, with ownership remaining concentrated.

  • U.S. trade deficit widens as exports fall Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 11- The U.S. trade deficit widened in August, in line with analyst expectations, as U.S. goods exports fell for the fifth consecutive month, a government report showed on Thursday. The monthly trade gap increased to $44.2 billion, from an upwardly revised estimate of $42.5 billion in July, the Commerce Department said.

  • UPDATE 4-RBS hits milestone with Direct Line listing Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    By Matt Scuffham and Kylie MacLellan. LONDON, Oct 11- Insurer Direct Line made a solid stock market debut on Thursday, marking a milestone in parent Royal Bank of Scotland's recovery efforts.

  • UPDATE 2-WH Smith boss quits after turnaround Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    Oct 11- WH Smith Chief Executive Kate Swann will step down from the books and stationery retailer next summer, ending a decade-long tenure in which she helped to revitalise the company's fortunes. WH Smith shares were down 3.5 percent at 1107 GMT, despite the company also posting a 10 percent rise in full-year pretax profit to 102 million pounds.

  • Azeri leader says BP made 'false promises' Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said oil major BP had made "false promises" about the amount of oil it would produce from its huge fields and the country's revenues were now short of $8 billion because of lower-than-expected output. He said BP had promised to sack people responsible for the shortfall in production but had not done it yet.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil pushes over $115 on Syria tension Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    *Turkey, Syria fighting stokes concern over Mideast supply. LONDON, Oct 11- Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Xtract Energy PLC:. *Talks with global oil shale group and co have advanced. *An initial cash payment of aud$ 50,000 payable on signing the share purchase.

  • *World's No. 2 Coke drinks bottler to seek main London listing. ATHENS, Oct 11- Greece's biggest company, Coca Cola Hellenic, is leaving the country, the drinks bottler said on Thursday as its move to Switzerland with a London listing for its shares dealt a blow to the crippled Greek economy.