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  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $2.11 to $109.46 a barrel by 1257 GMT.

  • The bank promoted Min-Lan Tan, who was most recently head of Singapore equities and research, to global head of macro strategy research. The asset manager named David Brunner as a regional sales manager within the UK third-party distribution team. The asset management business of Aviva Plc named Patrick Brien as chief executive of its Asia Pacific region.

  • RIGA, Oct 3- Latvia is to investigate whether the country's banks played any part in an alleged multi-million dollar Russian tax fraud made public by Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in detention in Russia in 2009..

  • Oct 03- Fitch Ratings has affirmed SSE plc's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' A-', senior unsecured notes at' A-', subordinated notes at' BBB' and Short-term IDR at' F2'.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- BG Group:. *Agreement reached for $470 M sale of ggcl stake. *Agreement reached for $470 M sale of ggcl stake.

  • Harmony falls 1.5 percent as the gold producer says workers at its Kusasalethu mine near Johannesburg have downed tools in the latest illegal strike to hit South Africa's mining sector. Brasher, who will start in February 2013, will take over the retailer as it fights to defend market share from domestic rivals, including the local unit of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Fusion IP PLC:. *Fusion portfolio company i2l- acquisition. *Buys US based icr to create global biocides laboratory and field trials.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Diamond miner De Beers:. *De beers says names anglo american's cynthia carroll as chairman. *De beers says anglo's brian beamish, Peter Whitcutt also appointed to de.

  • LONDON-- Pearson PLC, the U.K. publisher and education company, said Wednesday that chief executive Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down.

  • named the former head of Tesco's UK business as its new chief executive on Wednesday, as the country's No.2 grocer struggles to regain market share and fend off competition from U.S. giant Wal-Mart. Brasher will take charge of a retailer that has lost market share to domestic rivals and is now facing further pressure from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Shares in miner Anglo American fall more than 2 percent as wildcat strikes in South Africa's mines spread to iron ore, with some 300 workers at the mining group's Kumba Iron Ore subsidiary downing tools.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Brent crude oil futures extended losses on Wednesday to fall more than $2 per barrel as weak data intensified worries about the global economy and the outlook for oil demand. By 1246 GMT, oil Brent crude was down $2.03 per barrel at $109.54. Chinese and European PMI data came in below expectations.

  • *Australia trade deficit balloons unexpectedly. LONDON, Oct 3- The euro zone's economic woes increased last month and China's slowdown looked likely to extend to a seventh quarter, surveys showed on Wednesday, but there was better-than-expected news on U.S. jobs.

  • By Robin Paxton and Carolyn Cohn. ASTANA/ LONDON, Oct 3- Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund has rescued the country's No.3 bank for the second time in as many years, forging a deal to cut the bank's $11.2 billion of debt that will see its majority stake rise and creditors lose less than feared.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. crude oil extended losses to fall more than $1 on Wednesday, with weak economic data weighing on the global oil demand outlook. By 1223 GMT U.S. light crude oil futures had fallen as low as $90.81 a barrel, down $1.08 from the previous close. Brent crude was down $1.32 at $110.25 a barrel.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Signs the global economic slowdown may be worsening sent world share markets and oil lower on Wednesday, while the euro held steady against the dollar as investors waited for Spain to take the steps to trigger European Central Bank intervention.

  • Shares in support and outsourcing service provider Capita. Capita has lost out on the Disclosure and Barring Service contract, which will replace the Criminal Records Bureau, whose contract with Capita runs until March 2013. A London- based trader says the missed contract that was moving the stock.

  • LONDON/ MILAN, Oct 3- Offshore natural gas could dramatically change Greece's fortunes, should early estimates of $600 billion worth of reserves be confirmed, according to a study presented to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in June and seen by Reuters.

  • LONDON-- The British government's rail policy was thrown into chaos Wednesday after it canceled a disputed contract to run one of the country's busiest lines following the discovery of "unacceptable mistakes" in the way it awarded the franchise.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- National Grid PLC:. *National Grid and Long Island Power Authority announce new long-term power. *Agreed to modify and extend their existing power supply agreement for at.