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  • SOFIA, Oct 12- Bulgaria's annual inflation jumped to 4.9 percent on the year in September, from August's 3.9 percent, driven by a spike in food, energy and transport costs, statistics office data showed on Friday.

  • *Cheuvreux cuts Bayer to outperform from selected list. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.

  • VIENNA, Oct 12- Austria's export-dependent economy may contract in the third quarter and stagnate in the fourth but is still expected to avoid slipping into recession, the central bank said, sticking to its forecast for 0.8 percent growth in 2012..

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Greece is showing promising signs it can meet its fiscal targets next year, European Central Bank policymaker Joerg Asmussen said on Friday, adding that reforming while staying in the euro zone was the best way for Athens to get out of its debt crisis.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 12- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on Friday said uncertainty surrounding a U.S. Production Tax Credit had led to a fall in turbine orders for next year in the country.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has affirmed OJSC Insurance Group MSK's Insurer Financial Strength rating at' BB' and National IFS rating at' AA-' and removed them from Rating Watch Negative. Following a change in ownership structure, VTB now holds operational control in OJSC Metropolitan Insurance Group, majority owner of IG MSK.

  • *September new yuan loans total 623.2 billion yuan (f'cast 650 billion yuan. BEIJING, Oct 12- Chinese banks made 623.2 billion yuan of new local currency loans in September, data showed Friday, missing market expectations for 650 billion yuan and reinforcing calls for further policy easing to support the slowing economy.

  • Oct 12- HDFC Bank, India's No.3 lender, met forecasts with a 30 percent rise in quarterly profit, led by stronger loan growth, better fee income and stable net interest margins.

  • *IEA cuts demand growth outlook due to sluggish economy* Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing* Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Christopher Johnson.

  • BEIJING, Oct 12- China's total social financing aggregate, a broad measure of liquidity in the economy, stood at 1.65 trillion yuan in September, up from 1.24 trillion yuan in August, the People's Bank of China said on Friday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan will contribute $12 million over a three-year period to a World Bank fund supporting economies affected by the Arab Spring uprisings, Finance Minister Koriki Jojima said on Friday.

  • Oct 12- Petrobakken Energy Ltd:. *Barclays cuts Petrobakken Energy target price to C $14 from C $15;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.

  • Oct 12- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today published a Japanese-language default study of Japan SME ratings for 2010. Standard& Poor's, in collaboration with The Risk Databank of Japan, has been offering Japan SME Ratings services since December 2005.

  • WARSAW, Oct 12- Poland will ensure its debt and deficit remain in check, despite the country's planned boost to public investment, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in parliament on Friday. "There is no other way for Poland than sustaining economic growth through investments," he said. " We will fight to ensure the debt and deficit at safe levels. "

  • ALMATY, Oct 12- Kazakhstan's economic indicators based on data provided by the State Statistics Agency, government institutions, the central bank and exchanges:. *updated today CURRENCY/INTEREST RATE LATEST PREVIOUS* Tenge/ dollar 150.53 150.57. Money supply June 30 10.41 May 31 10.34.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings says that Global Senior Loan Index Fund 1 B.V.' s ratings will not be affected by the novation of the currency swap and currency option agreements. The swap and option agreements with Banque AIG and guaranteed by American International Group Inc. have been novated to Deutsche Bank AG.

  • *Softbank shares down as much as 17 pct in Tokyo* Softbank and Sprint have confirmed in talks* Broker warns of "unacceptable" gearing levels.

  • ALMATY, Oct 12- The weighted average of the Kazakh tenge rose to 150.53 per dollar on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange from 150.57 in the previous trading session.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Morgan Sindall Group PLC:. *Morgan Sindall Group appointed preferred delivery partner for  £1.1 bn. *Contract expected to be signed later in the year, for initial 5 year.

  • Investment bank Credit Suisse raises its rating on the advertising agency sector and hotels sector to "benchmark" from "underweight," arguing that the stocks in these sectors could benefit from a rise in U.S. consumer spending. However, the outlook is far less strong in Europe, " Credit Suisse strategists write in a note.