LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's service sector growth slowed in September and services providers shed jobs for the first time in 10 months, a survey showed on Wednesday, casting more doubt on the chances of a sustained recovery. ECONOMISTS' COMMENTS: CHRIS WILLIAMSON, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT SURVEY COMPILERS MARKIT:.
DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, will return to global debt markets after two years on Wednesday with a new five-year sukuk, taking advantage of strong liquidity for regional issues.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 3- Pick' n Pay Stores Ltd:.
*FirstGroup shares fall 15 pct; company says followed guidelines. LONDON, Oct 3- Britain scrapped a 6 billion pound deal on Wednesday to award one of the country's biggest railway franchises to FirstGroup Plc, blaming government officials for serious mistakes in the bidding process.
LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones down 0.2 percent, while contracts on the Nasdaq 100 were down 0.1 percent at 0751 GMT.
BRUSSELS-- A 24- hour strike by Belgian rail workers on Wednesday paralyzed train traffic throughout Belgium and the international high-speed service to London and Paris.
LONDON, Oct 3- Brokerage Marex Spectron has appointed former UBS investment banker John Wall as its new chief executive, the company said on Wednesday.
LONDON-- Tesco PLC, Britain's largest supermarket operator, has reported a 12 percent fall in half yearly pre-tax profit to 1.7 billion pounds, as a downturn in Asia and Europe offset stronger sales in Britain. Group sales were up 1.4 percent to 36 billion pounds in the half-year period, while sales in Britain rose 2.2 percent to 23.9 billion pounds.
*Brent crude slips under $111 a barrel* Euro trades under $1.29, little changed from U.S. levels. LONDON, Oct 3- European shares and oil fell on Wednesday after weak data from China and Australia deepened concerns about the global economy, while the euro held steady as traders waited for Spain's next move in solving its debt problems.
Oct 3- British soft drinks group Britvic and Irn-Bru maker AG Barr have been given more time to decide on the 1.3 billion pound merger. Britvic, which makes and sells PepsiCo brands in Britain and Ireland, could not immediately be reached for comment.
MOSCOW, Oct 3- Promsvyazbank, one of Russia's largest privately owned lenders, set an indicative price range on Wednesday for its initial public offering of stock at $10- $12 per Global Depository Receipt.
DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, is set to issue a $750 million five-year Islamic bond on Wednesday, a document from the lead arrangers said. Final price guidance for the sukuk tightened to 175-180 basis points over midswaps after substantial demand for the deal, with order books over $6 billion.
ASTANA, Oct 3- Kazakhstan's oil pipeline monopoly plans to raise more than $100 million through an initial public share offering as part of the central Asian country's "people's IPO" programme, the deputy head of its parent company said.
The government announced in August that it was awarding a 13- year franchise to run the west coast London- to- Scotland service to Virgin's rival, FirstGroup. Branson, who had at the time questioned whether FirstGroup could meet its financial commitments, on Wednesday praised transport authorities for reconsidering their decision.
LONDON, Oct 3- Stagecoach Group PLC:. *Notes the announcement by DfT that current competition for Intercity West. *Will be in discussions with the DfT regarding these developments.
OSLO, Oct 3- Norwegian gas exports rose to Germany and France on Wednesday morning, data from Norway's gas system operator Gassco showed. Total exports to Europe including Britain were up by 19.8 million cubic metres to 291.8 mcm per day at 0600 GMT, compared with an average a day before.
OSLO, Oct 3- Full restart of Norway's Kollsnes gas processing plant was delayed again for one day until Thursday, gas system operator Gassco said in a market message on Wednesday. Kollsnes, which processes Norwegian gas for export to Britain and continental Europe, will see its output reduced by 30 million cubic metres per day until 0400 GMT on Thursday.
LONDON, Oct 3- Brent crude oil futures fell $1 a barrel on Wednesday, dented by concerns about global growth and the outlook for oil demand.
LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's top share index fell on Wednesday, dragged down my mining stocks after poor Chinese data raised fresh concerns about raw material demand in the world's biggest metals consuming country.
LONDON, Oct 3- Firstgroup PLC:.