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  • LONDON, Oct 5- Shaft Sinkers Holdings PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- KCOM Group PLC:. *During the first half year the group has performed in line with expectations. *First half net debt has increased.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Smiths Group PLC:. *Notes, priced with a coupon of 3.625%, maturity in October 2022 and offer. *Notes, priced with coupon of 3.625%, have maturity in October 2022, offer.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Earthport PLC:.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17 to 29 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed flat at 5,827.78 points on Thursday, shrugging off an expected decision by the Bank of England to leave monetary policy unchanged, but failing to hold on to a one-week intra-day high of 5,854.16 points.

  • index were up by 0.6 percent, while the futures contracts on Germany's DAX and France's CAC were up by 0.5 percent. Financial spreadbetters also expected Britain's FTSE 100. "I think it's going to be reasonably quiet ahead of the payrolls, but Spanish yields are creeping up, which is slightly worrying," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Oct 5- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecommunications equipment maker, has been in touch with investment banks about a possible initial public offering but has not made any decisions about proceeding with a listing, sources said on Friday.

  • By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 70 cents to $91.01 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, tensions between Syria and Turkey gave oil prices their biggest jump in two months. Oil settled at $91.71 per barrel, up by $3.57, or 4 percent, in New York.

  • ZURICH, Oct 5- The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:. *Credit Suisse will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year, a regulatory filing showed.

  • EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control remain a major hurdle, sources close to the talks said.

  • Italy faces the risk of a credit crunch when its banks have to repay the cheap three-year loans they took from the European Central Bank, the chairman of the country's third-biggest lender Monte dei Paschi said on Thursday.

  • Ibarra also said plans by Telecom Italia to separate its fixed network into a new company should be open to the state, broadband infrastructure company Metroweb and alternative carriers to join.

  • *Switzerland want good progress by end-2012-SIF* A deal could raise Rome proceeds of 120- 150 bln euros By Elvira Pollina. MILAN, Oct 5- Switzerland says it wants good progress by the end of the year on an agreement to tax assets held by Italians in Swiss bank accounts but talk of a deal being done before Italian elections in the spring is premature.

  • STOCKS NEWS Reuters Results diary Stocks on the move Real-time Equity News 1716 GMT 05 Oct12- West Africa bourse rises on Sodeci, Saph----------------------------------------------------------. West Africa's regional BRVM bourse closes slightly up in the week to Friday for its third consecutive weekly gain, propelled by water utility Sodeci and natural rubber producer Saph.

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell on Friday and headed for a weekly loss as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- German foods group Zertus agreed to buy UK- based chocolate maker Zetar Plc in a 43 million pound deal that gives the group its first inroad into the British confectionary market. Zertus will pay 297 pence per share for Zetar, which is listed on London's junior AIM market, a price that is around 26 percent above Zetar's Thursday closing price.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- European equities powered higher on Friday, propelled by a strong U.S. jobs report which reassured investors about the health of the global economy and opened the door for a further short-term rise in miners and industrials. Equities can still rally in the short term,... maybe a couple of percent more, "said Peter Garnry, equity strategist at Saxo Bank.

  • *CVC plans new $3 bln Asia fund in 2013- source. HONG KONG/ JAKARTA, Oct 5- CVC Partners is exploring the sale of Indonesia's PT Matahari Department Store, sources told Reuters, seeking a price tag of more than $2 billion after paying less than half that for the company two-and-a-half years ago.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. Labor Department data showed the jobless rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point in September to 7.8 percent, its lowest since January 2009.