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  • LONDON, Nov 1- New rules to stop speculators making Europe's debt crisis worse by betting on government bond defaults are prompting investors to find alternative ways to insure against or profit from bad news in the region.

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • Data over the past month has shown the health of the global economy remains fragile, with retail sales and the housing market pointing to an improvement in the United States but Europe is still struggling.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 1- CBOE Holdings Inc will soon offer a new set of fee discounts to its most active traders to head off a recent decline in market share for single-stock options, its chief executive said on Thursday. CBOE has boosted fees on contracts it offers exclusively.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares rose on Thursday, bolstered by relatively robust earnings reports despite economic weakness, while the euro was flat as uncertainty over how the euro zone will handle crises in Spain and Greece dragged on.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Copper rose for a third day on Thursday, helped by data that showed a glimmer of recovery in big metals consumer China and other Asian economies, but gains were tempered by concerns about demand and Europe's grinding debt crisis.

  • *UK will veto any budget deal bad for UK taxpayer- finance minister. LONDON, Nov 1- Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world's sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27- member bloc.

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • *Yen dips on worries about Japan, importer selling. Traders said many investors were seeking to buy the dollar on any dip in its value, targeting a rise to 83- 84 yen in the coming months as bets grow that the Bank of Japan will have to take additional monetary easing measures to fight off deflation.

  • *Super storm Sandy seen impacting fuel demand on US East Coast. LONDON, Nov 1- European oil futures fell on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained as U.S. markets geared back up after the severe battering to the east coast delivered by Sandy.

  • LONDON- Britain threatened on Thursday to veto any deal on the European Union budget that is not good for the British taxpayer, a day after a humiliating defeat in parliament undermined Prime Minister David Cameron's authority.

  • BEIJING/ LONDON- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports (GLOBAL-ECONOMY/PMIS,, moved, by Lucy Hornby and Se Young Lee, 950 words).

  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Nov 1- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released on Thursday that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares edged up on Thursday, bolstered by gains in major luxury goods stocks such as Richemont and in telecoms company BT, which kept its earnings forecast. Trading volumes, however, were thin due to public holidays in France, Italy, Spain and parts of Germany.

  • *Euro still hobbled by uncertainty over Spain, Greece. Traders said many investors were seeking to buy the dollar on dips, targeting a rise to 83- 84 yen in the coming months as bets grow that the Bank of Japan will have to take additional monetary easing measures to fight off deflation.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Europe's top oil company Royal Dutch Shell is seeing signs of a weak European economy ``all around us,'' the company's finance director Simon Henry said during a third-quarter results conference call on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- World No. 2 oil company Royal Dutch Shell, seen as having some of the best output growth assets in the business, joined its peers in suffering lower production in the third quarter.

  • *China official manufacturing PMI, HSBC final PMI pick up. LONDON, Nov 1- European shares opened higher on Thursday, bolstered by relatively robust earnings reports despite economic weakness, while the euro inched lower as uncertainty over how the euro zone will handle crises in Spain and Greece dragged on.

  • BERLIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. TOKYO- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visits Japan and meets with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. **BAMAKO/ DAKAR- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Mali and Senegal.