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  • LONDON, Oct 1- Britons' expectations for inflation over the next 12 months fell slightly to 2.7 percent in September from 2.8 percent in August, a monthly survey by polling company YouGov showed on Monday. The poll conducted on behalf of Citi also showed that inflation expectations for the next 5-10 years held steady at 3.5 percent.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold eased on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a U.S. report on employment later this week.

  • *UK manufacturing drops faster in Sept- PMI. LONDON, Oct 1- Lending to British consumers fell in August and manufacturing activity shrank in September, weighing on prospects of a sustainable economic recovery in the coming months.

  • BERLIN, Oct 1- Talks on creating a European aerospace and defence giant through a merger of Airbus parent EADS and Britain's BAE Systems are at risk of failing due to the divergent stances of the governments involved, three German sources said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Britain's Financial Services Authority said on Monday that four men have been charged with insider dealing following the watchdog's most complex investigation of its kind so far. Martyn Dodgson, a senior corporate broker, Andrew Hind, Benjamin Anderson and Iraj Parvizi have been bailed to attend Westminster Magistrates Court on 19 Oct. 2012.

  • WARSAW, Oct 1- Brokerage houses in Warsaw are scaling back operations and in some cases could leave altogether because the boom in stock-market listings that helped them escape blood-letting in other financial hubs is fizzling out.

  • *UK's fsa says corporate broker martyn dodgson, Andrew Hind, Benjamin Anderson.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The British Bankers' Association released the following London Interbank Offered Rates for dollars, euro and sterling at its daily fixing. The spread of three-month Libor rates over three-month OIS rates, calculated from Reuters' data, expresses the three-month premium paid over anticipated central bank rates, or Overnight Index Swap rates.

  • *Xstrata rises after board back Glencore offer. LONDON, Oct 1- Britain's FTSE 100 share index rebounded from three-week lows on Monday, with miners bolstered by Xstrata's backing of a takeover bid from Glencore, potentially opening the door for more deals in the sector.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Zetar PLC:. *David Williams has agreed to remain as chairman for the time being until a. suitable candidate has been found.

  • While Norwegian gas exports to continental Europe are supplied under long-term contracts that are linked to the oil price, Britain receives most of its Norwegian gas under hub market terms that are priced off Britain's National Balancing Point and have lesser binding supply obligations.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- A senior detective who specialised in counter-terrorism appeared in court on Monday, accused of leaking information to Rubert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 53, is charged with misconduct in a public office for allegedly offering information to the newspaper in September 2010.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- PT Bakrie& Brothers, the investment arm of Indonesia's Bakrie Group, and affiliate Long Haul Holdings have agreed with creditors a plan to repay $437 million of debt arranged by Credit Suisse, the firm said on Monday. The group's debt situation led to heavy stock selling earlier this year of Bumi Plc and Jakarta- listed miner Bumi Resources.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. Willett joins from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Murphy joins Barclays from HSBC, London, where he was a director in the project& export finance.

  • LONDON-- European stocks edged higher on Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks. But the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status limited gains. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,800.63 while Spain's Ibex was up 0.6 percent at 7,752.10.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 1- Anglo American Plc's South African unit will face a hearing next year to determine if it is liable for miners who contracted lung disease silicosis while working in the company's gold shafts, lawyers for the plaintiffs said on Monday.

  • *Norway expects total gas output at 334.2 mcm/day in Oct. LONDON, Oct 1- British prompt gas prices fell on Monday morning, shrugging off a temporary halt in flows from Norway through the Langeled pipeline as wider supply-demand fundamentals sapped trading sentiment.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- PT Bakrie& Brothers, the investment arm of Indonesia's Bakrie Group, and affiliate Long Haul Holdings have agreed with creditors a plan to repay $437 million of debt arranged by Credit Suisse, the firm said on Monday.