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PARIS, Oct 3- A quest by President Francois Hollande to show he can halt industrial closures by rescuing two mothballed blast furnaces in northeast France risks backfiring, with industry experts doubting any buyer will come forward. With joblessness at over 10 percent and his ratings in free-fall, Hollande persuaded steel giant ArcelorMittal.
*Telefonica to list German unit around end of month. *Telefonica smallest player in Germany, room to grow. MADRID/ FRANKFURT, Oct 3- Telefonica SA started the sale of up to 20 percent of its O2-branded German unit, hoping to raise up to 1.5 billion euros from a share offering designed to help cut the Spanish group's huge debts.
*Germany's Cal 13 falls to three-month low on data. Germany's benchmark electricity contract for 2013 delivery hit a three-month low on the back of lower oil prices and gloomy macro-economic data. Germany's baseload contract for Thursday delivery rose 2.13 euros to 44.5 euros per megawatt hour.
A series of recent investor meetings with Fitch's EMEA Food Retail team in London, Frankfurt, and Paris underlined that investors are concerned to what extent ratings are at risk due to increased business and credit risks for European food retail companies.
The proceeds of the issuance of notes by Mornington will be used to acquire the rights and obligations of the senior loan lender A in the Paragon Fourth Funding Limited secured credit facility agreement from Macquarie Bank Limited.
"In the case of Russia, there has been a steady net outflow of capital over the past couple of years, which calls into question its ability to run any kind of current account deficit," said Neil Shearing, chief emerging market economist at Capital Economics, a consultancy in London.
*Italy's public debt is sustainable and the average yields paid on new government paper issued so far this year are lower than they were before the crisis, the head of Italy's Debt Management Office said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.
*London, Dubai, Singapore and Houston under consideration. Oct 2- Seadrill Ltd, the world's biggest driller by market capitalisation, said it plans to replace CEO Alf Thorkildsen with the head of its Archer Ltd affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.
MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares hit a 14 month-high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks surged after the central bank cut interest rates and the local dollar weakened, enhancing export earnings. Top banks were all higher, led by National Australia Bank. "People are rethinking everything," said Macquarie Equities division director Lucinda Chan.
HONG KONG, Oct 3- These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Wednesday. --Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd has sold about 700 units at its new residential project, Century Gateway, in Tuen Mun for HK $5 billion, said deputy managing director Victor Lui.
LONDON, Oct 3- Suggested structural reforms to banks should be a cause for concern for investors because they do not go far enough, a top Bank of England official said on Wednesday, following recommendations by an EU advisory group for banks' to separate retail from trading activities.
NEW YORK-- An opera-loving philanthropist convicted of a multimillion-dollar fraud will soon be freed from prison on bail after a federal appeals court signaled on Tuesday he might be succeeding in proving his case deserves a second look.
LONDON, Oct 3- Britain scrapped on Wednesday a $9 billion deal that had awarded the West Coast rail line to FirstGroup Plc, citing flaws in the government's figures, just a day after the company had said it was prepared to take over the key mainline train service this year.
More than 800 jobs were at risk last night as administrators from Deloitte raced to find a buyer for WaverleyTBS, one of Britain's biggest suppliers of drinks to pubs, clubs and hotels. Britain is part of a debtor nation "ring of fire" where bondholders are at risk of being "burned to a crisp", the head of the world's biggest bond house has warned.
MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares rose 0.3 percent to a fresh five-month high on Wednesday, lifted by gains in top banks even as miners lost ground. was up 12 points at 4,444.7 by 0017 GMT, its highest since May 1. ()DIARIES& DATA: IPO diary& data Asia earnings diary U.S. earnings diary European diary Australia diary Wall Street Week Ahead Eurostocks Week Ahead.
By Sarah N. Lynch and Alexandra Alper. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to wean U.S. firms off a key British benchmark interest rate that he knew was being rigged, resulting, the lawmakers said, in costly litigation that hurts American taxpayers.
Financial Times Headlines BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL- MILIBAND INVOKES' ONE NATION BRITAIN'- US STEPS UP PROBES ON INSIDER TRADING- FSA TO TIGHTEN UP LISTING RULES- DEUTSCHE TELEKOM EYES DEAL FOR US UNIT- L&G INVESTMENT ARM TARGETS PAY MASTERS- PE GROUPS EYE BANK DEAL IN EUROPE- EU REVIEW WANTS BANKING TRADING RINGFENCED- EU DRAFT URGES CONTRACTS FOR EURO STATES- FRENCH REVOLT AGAINST NEW TAX GOES VIRAL- Overview BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL.
LONDON, Oct 3- French nuclear group Areva and China's Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation Holding have walked away from the UK's 6- gigawatt Horizon project, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. People close to the talks, cited by the FT, said China may still invest in Horizon at a later date along with other nuclear projects in Britain.
LONDON, Oct 3- The British Film Institute will invest nearly 500 million pounds over the next five years in a bid to boost the industry and build audiences, it announced on Wednesday.
LONDON, Oct 3- British shop price inflation ticked down in September as prices of non-food goods fell at a faster pace while food price inflation stayed at a two-year low, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday.