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  • Stock Pick: Sainsbury's v Tesco

    UK retail chains Sainsbury's and Tesco both reported earnings early on Wednesday. Jim McCaughan, chief executive of Principal Global Investors, tells CNBC which he thinks is the better stock pick.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Wednesday. EVENTS: MOSCOW- Russia Calling VTB Capital investment conference. MOSCOW- Press conference by Aeroflot Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev and SAP executives.

  • MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's corporate tax take has tumbled by almost two thirds from pre-crisis levels as small businesses fail and a growing number of big corporations seek profits abroad to compensate for the prolonged downturn at home.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- European stocks were set for a mixed open, albeit in a tight range, on Wednesday as investors balanced new gloomy economic data and uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis with underlying monetary support from central banks across the world. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100.

  • *TANZANIA- Bank of Tanzania to auction a 10- year fixed rate Treasury bond. *KENYA- The Nairobi Securities Exchange and FTSE International launch the. *KENYA- Central Bank of Kenya auctions 364- day and 182- day Treasury bills.

  • Ipsen said that Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals had not raised third-party financing by the contractual deadline of Sept. 30 and that it was therefore no longer obligated to pay the additional $12.5 million in exchange for Inspiration equity. The parties continue to explore various options, Ipsen said.

  • PARIS-- A French official says France's government is working out a common position with Germany on the proposed merger between Franco-German aerospace group EADS and Britain's BAE Systems. France and Germany have long fought for an equal say in EADS, which owns plane maker Airbus.

  • *Natixis, Banco Popular and Bankia highest exposure. By Carlos Ruano and Tracy Rucinski. MADRID, Oct 3- Two Spanish investment firms that own 31 percent of French property company Gecina have filed one of the biggest bankruptcy actions in Spanish history after a bank refused to refinance a 1.6 billion euro loan.

  • ZURICH, Oct 3- Swiss stocks were set to open slightly weaker on Wednesday as gloomy economic data from China and uncertainty over the Spanish debt crisis were somewhat offset by continuing underlying monetary support from central banks around the world.

  • *Gecina falls as 2 owners file for bankruptcy. LONDON, Oct 3- European shares edged lower on Wednesday on concerns about Spain, the focal point of the regional debt crisis, and slowing global growth, with indexes keeping to recent tight trading ranges. As the market waits for Spain to request a bailout, investors have remained reluctant to commit further to equities.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA:. *Signed spot agreement with Glencore Energy UK ltd, London, UK. *Net value of the agreement amounts to approximately USD 80 million.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 3- The owners of Nordic optician chain Synsam are launching a sale of the company which could fetch around 500 million euros, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Another adviser said anti-trust issues meant that Britain's Specsavers and Synoptik, controlled by Dutch investment firm HAL Trust, were unlikely to be allowed to buy Synsam.

  • *FTSE 100 closes up 0.3 percent at 5,825.81 points. *Traders say technical levels favouring FTSE at present. *Intl Airlines Group and ARM top FTSE 100 leaderboard By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

  • NEW YORK-- Luxfer Holdings PLC's U.S. shares jumped in their first hours of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The initial public stock offering of the chemicals and metals maker, which is based in the U.K., priced 8 million shares at $10 each. The company had predicted that shares would price higher, from $12 to $14 each.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- The European Commission's ambition for a single energy market conflicts with aims in Britain and other countries to boost their own national energy security by paying investors to ensure gas-fired power capacity is available several years ahead.

  • 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.

  • *Qua Iboe valued at dated plus $2.20- $2.60. LONDON, Oct 3- Nigerian crude oil differentials slipped a little on Wednesday as a small overhang of November-loading cargoes encouraged sellers to move lower. *Qua Iboe: 5- 10 cents per barrel lower, traders said.

  • 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.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- Louis Vuitton is branching out into luxury pens and stationery as the upmarket leather bag maker looks for new ways to retain its exclusive image, after it launched high-end jewellery and hired an expert to create a perfume.

  • *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.