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  • Pick n Pay, which named former UK head of Tesco, Richard Brasher, as its new chief executive this week, is down 6.16 percent at 43.99 rand. Shares of Anglo American and other resource companies lead the gainers on the benchmark index as investors chase bargains in a sector battered in recent days by a wave of wildcat strikes.

  • *France, Britain said to support deal, Germany seeks stake. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 5- EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger to create the world's biggest arms group amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control is a big obstacle, sources close to the talks said.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- German debt prices fell and equities rose on Friday after the closely-followed U.S. non-farm payrolls report showed a below-expectation unemployment rate and contained upward revisions, pointing to a stronger labour market.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 5- The Asian naphtha price recovered on Friday and ended the week at a three-session high of $963 a tonne. Kuwait Petroleum Corp has sealed its December 2012 to November 2013 full-range naphtha contract for with at least one buyer at record premiums of $27 a tonne to Middle East quotes on a free-on-board basis.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Shanta Gold Ltd:. *Announce it has agreed $4 mln unsecured, short term loan facility with. *In discussions with additional providers of working capital financing.

  • BRIEF-Shaft Sinker says Eurochem claim has no merit Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Shaft Sinkers Holdings PLC:. *Sinker- notes that eurochem has filed a claim against Shaft Sinkers Ltd in. relation to co's project with eurochem.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Kedco PLC:. *Resolutions providing necessary authorities for co to execute the. restructuring, fundraising and acquisition passed.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil eases to $112 ahead of U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:10 AM ET

    *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid to around $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 1156 GMT were trading at $112.10, down 48 cents.

  • Technip leads European share rebound in thin trade Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    *Technip rises 2.5 pct after Mexico contract win. LONDON, Oct 5- European shares rose in thin trade on Friday as investors bought into recent dips, with F rench oil services firm Technip.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- C A Sperati Special Agency P L C:. *Sperati- all resolutions put to shareholders, as requisitioned by. messrs. oliver fattal and baron bloom, failed.

  • European shares spike higher ahead of U.S. data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:05 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- European equity markets extended gains in mid-session trade on Friday, with investors squaring positions ahead of a key U.S. jobs report later in the session, where risks are seen skewed to the upside.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Segantii Capital has hired Ambrose Meau, former head of trading at hedge fund Isometric Investment, part of a hiring spree by the Hong Kong- based fund. Segantii's Chief Executive Officer Kurt Ersoy confirmed the appointment of Meau, who also previously worked at another fund Deephaven Asia.

  • Genel could halt Kurdish oil exports over pay delay Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:56 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Iraqi Kurdistan's leading oil producer, Genel Energy, said on Friday it may halt exports after receiving no payment three days after Baghdad insisted a transfer of funds to the semi-autonomous region had begun.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.

  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has affirmed UK- incorporated Ukrainian iron ore pellets producer Ferrexpo Plc's Long-term foreign currency Issue Default Rating at' B', and its Short-term foreign currency IDR at' B'.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Britain faces a potential shortfall in electricity generation in the next three to four years, its power regulator said on Friday, due to the closure of coal and oil-fired plants to cut carbon emissions.

  • *Shares in Shaft Sinkers fall more than 7 percent. MOSCOW, Oct 5- EuroChem, Russia's largest mineral fertilizer producer, said on Friday it had filed an $800 million compensation claim against Shaft Sinkers for delays to the building of a lift shaft at one of its potash projects.

  • New Issue-EIB adds 200 mln stg to 2016 bond Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:27 AM ET

    October 05- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond increased on Friday.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 5- Benchmark euro zone bank-to-bank lending rates hit fresh euro-era lows on Friday, a day after the European Central Bank held interest rates at a record low of 0.75 percent and said it did not even discuss changing them. Equivalent Libor rates, set by a smaller panel of banks in London, fixed at 0.14571 percent.

  • *Gold hits highest since Nov 2011; just shy of $1,800* Coming up: U.S. non-farm payrolls, Sept; 1230 GMT By Clare Hutchison.