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  • By Neil Maidment LONDON, Oct 3- British outsourcing firm Capita. The trade union representing staff under Capita's existing contract said the coalition government is likely to award the deal to Tata Consultancy Services, part of India's salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group.

  • European shares constrained by macro concerns Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- European shares edged lower on Wednesday as the twin concerns of Spain, focal point of the regional debt crisis, and global growth capped momentum and kept indexes within their recent tight trading ranges.

  • European banks raised capital buffers by $265B Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

    LONDON-- Europe's banks have raised an extra 205 billion in fresh capital since December in a bid to meet new rules aimed at strengthening the ailing sector, an EU regulator said Wednesday.

  • UK group demands all BAE shareholders get merger vote Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- The UK Shareholders' Association said on Wednesday it had written to the chairman of BAE Systems. and the UK Takeover Panel to insist those who own shares in the British defence company via nominee accounts be allowed to vote on a mooted $45 billion merger with Airbus parent EADS.

  • UK calls for rethink on EU markets law Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 3- European Union lawmakers should rethink their decision to bolster "monopolies" in processing vast swathes of derivatives transactions from next year, Britain said on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-Spain targets London investors for 'bad bank' Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    *Economy Minister to meet potential investors in London. MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's Economy Minister will meet investors in London on Thursday in the hope of tempting them to buy into a' bad bank' that will house billions of euros of the country's soured real estate assets.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil falls as economic data dims demand outlook Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:26 AM ET

    *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Oil 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 $3.27 to $108.30 a barrel by 1454 GMT.

  • Global private sector activity accelerated in Sept -PMI Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    The latest expansion in global output was heavily reliant on the United States, where economic activity rose at the fastest pace since March, JPMorgan said. Britain, Brazil, Russia and Ireland also saw output increase. The index combines survey data from countries including the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia.

  • Sex claims over "saintly" TV star put BBC in spotlight Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    *Jimmy Savile, household name in UK, knighted by queen. *But child abuse claims have shattered his public image By Michael Holden.

  • Bond movies have beat do-or-die odds for 50 years Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. "Cubby used to say, `This is the goose that laid the golden egg, keep it safe,'" said Broccoli's youngest daughter, Barbara, now the series' co-producer, in a phone interview from London. "

  • EBA says wants 9 pct capital ratio for EU banks Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- The European Banking Authority said on Wednesday that lenders across the European Union will have to maintain a capital buffer equivalent to 9 percent of their risk-weighted assets indefinitely.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Promsvyazbank, one of Russia's largest privately owned lenders, revealed the details of its initial public offering both in Moscow and London in a deal seen as a test for equity raising by other domestic banks.

  • Following are details of the JPMorgan Global Purchasing All-Industry Output Index for September. GLOBAL SERVICES PMI PMI Jobs Orders Inp Prc Backlogs Aug 52.0 51.4 50.8 58.3 49.0 Sept 54.0 49.6 52.8 59.7 47.1 GLOBAL COMPOSITE PMI PMI Orders Jobs Inp Prc Aug 50.9 49.8 50.9 56.2 Sept 52.5 51.6 49.9 58.0.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Oct 3- The euro zone's economic woes accelerated last month and China's slowdown looked likely to extend to a seventh quarter, surveys on Wednesday showed, while the United States proved the bright spot with better-than-expected news on services and jobs.

  • *First female FTSE CEO to step down at year end. The first female chief executive of a FTSE 100 company had previously declared that the famous pink-paged FT title would be sold "over my dead body".

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms examine books. Stocks oscillated between gains and losses as hopes that Spain will eventually request a bailout were offset by concern over China's slowing economy.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- A close colleague of accused UBS. "rogue trader" Kweku Adoboli was interviewed by police as a suspect, a London court heard on Wednesday. Simon Taylor, who was a junior trader on the ETFs desk, was cross-examined on Wednesday by Adoboli's lawyer Charles Sherrard.

  • Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms PICTS plc notes Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has affirmed PICTS plc's notes as follows:. The affirmation reflects the stable performance of Lloyds TSB Banking Group plc as reflected in its rating, of which Halifax Bank of Scotland is a wholly owned subsidiary.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Theo Fennell PLC:. *Panel has consented to an extension of the deadline. *The company remains in offer discussions with eme.