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  • LONDON, Oct 3- Order books on the London initial public offering of Royal Bank of Scotland's insurance business Direct Line have been covered three days into the company's nine day investor roadshow, sources close to the company said on Wednesday. Shares in the sale of up to 33 percent of the company are being offered at 160 pence to 195 pence each.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- European stocks dipped early on Wednesday, adding to the previous session's losses, as uncertainty surrounding a potential bailout for debt-stricken Spain and further signs of a slowdown in China rattled investors. At 0840 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Quadrise Fuels International PLC:. *Confirms it is in advanced stages of a placing of up to 50 million new. ordinary shares at a price of about 7 P per share.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday, as weak data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to the gloom. Brent November crude futures had fallen 90 cents to $110.67 a barrel by 0830 GMT.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery. ECONOMISTS' COMMENTS: JAMES KNIGHTLEY, ING.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Kazakh BTA bank's $2.1 billion 2018 bond jumped at least 5 cents on the dollar on Wednesday after the bank signed a preliminary restructuring agreement for $11.2 billion in debt, broking sources said.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery. ECONOMISTS' COMMENTS: MARTIN BECK, CAPITAL ECONOMICS.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery. ECONOMISTS' COMMENTS: GEORGE BUCKLEY, DEUTSCHE BANK. CHRIS WILLIAMSON, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SURVEY COMPILERS MARKIT:.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, will return to global debt markets after two years on Wednesday with a new five-year sukuk, taking advantage of strong liquidity for regional issues.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery. ECONOMISTS' COMMENTS: CHRIS WILLIAMSON, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SURVEY COMPILERS MARKIT:.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3- Pick' n Pay Stores Ltd:.

  • *FirstGroup shares fall 15 pct; company says followed guidelines. LONDON, Oct 3- Britain scrapped a 6 billion pound deal on Wednesday to award one of the country's biggest railway franchises to FirstGroup Plc, blaming government officials for serious mistakes in the bidding process.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones down 0.2 percent, while contracts on the Nasdaq 100 were down 0.1 percent at 0751 GMT.

  • BRUSSELS-- A 24- hour strike by Belgian rail workers on Wednesday paralyzed train traffic throughout Belgium and the international high-speed service to London and Paris.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Brokerage Marex Spectron has appointed former UBS investment banker John Wall as its new chief executive, the company said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON-- Tesco PLC, Britain's largest supermarket operator, has reported a 12 percent fall in half yearly pre-tax profit to 1.7 billion pounds, as a downturn in Asia and Europe offset stronger sales in Britain. Group sales were up 1.4 percent to 36 billion pounds in the half-year period, while sales in Britain rose 2.2 percent to 23.9 billion pounds.

  • *Brent crude slips under $111 a barrel* Euro trades under $1.29, little changed from U.S. levels. LONDON, Oct 3- European shares and oil fell on Wednesday after weak data from China and Australia deepened concerns about the global economy, while the euro held steady as traders waited for Spain's next move in solving its debt problems.