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  • LONDON, Oct 12- The European arm of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, which collapsed in September 2008, is planning to return cash to unsecured creditors for the first time by the end of November, administrators said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Turkish stocks extended gains on Friday as investors welcomed strong balance of payments data and the government's tough stance on Syria, while the forint rose after Hungary's leader talked up prospects of an IMF deal.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 12- UK- based The Children's Investment Fund Management said on Friday it has filed a lawsuit in Calcutta High Court against the directors of state miner Coal India Ltd for failing to perform their functions with care and skill.

  • Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell to their lowest since February 2008, the U.S. government said Thursday. "I think you need to wait for a few months to see more figures to confirm the jobs recovery in the U.S.," said Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean Holdings in Hong Kong. Britain's FTSE 10 dropped 0.2 percent to 5,815.68.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Brent crude futures fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday after the International Energy Agency said it saw a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Adair Turner seems to be offering to pilot the monetary helicopter as he raises his profile in the race to be Bank of England governor. The chairman of the Financial Services Authority says "still more innovative and unconventional" policies may be needed to combat the forces of deleveraging and deflation.

  • *Tokyo Gas says oil-indexation "not rational". Producers BG Group, Russia, Norway and Qatar regard them as cornerstones of the business. Tokyo Gas, Japan's single biggest importer of oil-linked, called the global gas pricing mechanism "not rational" in light of cheap U.S. gas exports expected to flood markets by 2016..

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group's London listing got off to a smooth start, with its global depositary receipts trading at a 3 percent premium to their issue price on the first morning.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a fractionally higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.2 percent, and contracts on the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 percent at 0828 GMT.

  • The FTSE Small Caps index gains 0.2 percent in early trade, outperforming weaker showings by both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes, down 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent respectively.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- British construction output fell 11.6 percent on the year in August, non-seasonably adjusted data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday.

  • *IEA cuts demand growth outlook due to sluggish economy* Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing* Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Christopher Johnson.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Morgan Sindall Group PLC:. *Morgan Sindall Group appointed preferred delivery partner for  £1.1 bn. *Contract expected to be signed later in the year, for initial 5 year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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".