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  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 2- Twenty-three years of military service come in handy when Masood Haider gets a call from a suspicious spouse. "What was taken as taboo 20 to 25 years ago is no more taken that way," said Haider, 53, a former army pilot who founded FactFinders, Pakistan's first licensed private detective agency.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- Banks must undergo a wholesale change in their culture and refocus their behavior on meeting the needs of customers to restore trust in the industry, Stephen Hester, chief executive of part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland, said on Monday.

  • *UK could use "golden share" to block deal unless terms met. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- EADS and BAE Systems battled to save their $45 billion merger plan from the crossfire of competing interests on Monday as governments and shareholders staked out positions in talks aimed at creating the world's biggest arms firm.

  • --Delta Air Lines Inc. is issuing $1.7 billion of debt, consisting of a $1 billion B-1 term loan, $250 million B-2 term loan, and $450 million bank revolving credit. Rating Action On Oct. 1, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned its' B+' issue rating and' 2' recovery rating to Delta Air Lines Inc.' s.

  • *U.S. manufacturing sector expands in September* China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept* Euro zone manufacturing points to new recession By Adam Kerlin. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Entered into agreement to sell its investor relations business to UK- based.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Iran's rial plunged against the U.S. dollar in open-market trade on Monday, taking its loss in value over the past week to more than a quarter in further evidence that Western sanctions are shattering the economy.

  • The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, also said its gauge of manufacturing employment rose following a decline in August.

  • Irene Tse, who headed the North America operations of the Chief Investment Office, told the firm she is resigning to focus on "entrepreneurial ventures," according to a memo on Monday from Chief Operating Officer Matt Zames, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

  • By Chris Reese and Marius Zaharia. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 1- The U.S.

  • Benchmark crude closed up 29 cents at $92.48 in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 20 cents to $112.19 on the ICE Futures Exchange in London. Prices at the pump slipped to $3.782 a gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

  • Graz- based contract car manufacturing subsidiary Magna Steyr currently makes the Mini Countryman sports utility vehicle and later this year will also begin producing the Paceman, a sportier coupe version of the SUV, the seventh derivative of the Mini.

  • By Matt Scuffham and Myles Neligan. LONDON, Oct 1- Stockbrokers involved in the planned stock market listing of British insurer Direct Line reported good interest from private investors in London's first big retail share offering for six years, although some potential investors are unconvinced.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders called for negotiators to resolve uncertainty as soon as possible over a planned $45 billion merger with BAE Systems. We cannot go on much longer, "he told an audience at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. EADS board chairman Arnaud Lagardere, whose Lagardere.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday in light, choppy trading as oil markets balanced better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data against signs of economic weakness in Asia and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • DON'T PANIC: Bacon lovers can relax. They'll find all they want on supermarket shelves in the coming months, though their pocketbooks may take a hit.

  • Gold 1787.00 Silver 34.350 Gold 1770.69 Light Crude 92.48---------------------------------------------------------------- vernight market action with latest New York figures. NEW YORK- U.S. stocks pared gains, with the Nasdaq turning negative on Monday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a broad defense of the central bank's controversial bond-buying stimulus plan.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- A former colleague of accused UBS. But John Hughes, who worked closely with Adoboli on the Exchange Traded Funds desk in London, denied staging an elaborate "vanishing act" to ensure that only Adoboli would take the blame when losses mounted.