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German stocks - Factors to watch on October 8

FRANKFURT, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 indexlooked set to open 0.7 percent lower on Monday, according topremarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0615 GMT.

The following are some of the factors that may move Germanstocks:

VOLKSWAGEN Indicated 0.7 percent lower

The group's Audi unit is to publish global vehiclesales for September.

Separately, Volkswagen could start selling its Golf 7plug-in hybrid car from 2014, a year earlier than previouslyplanned, German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing nosources.

In addition, the company halted production in Germany of itsPassat cars last week as part of a wider move to cut its groupoutput target for the year by about 300,000 vehicles because ofthe European market slump, company sources said.

Related news MUNICH RE Indicated 0.4 percent lower

The group welcomes proposals for compulsory insurances foroperators of nuclear plants, board member Torsten Jeworrek toldFinancial Times Deutschland.

Related news LUFTHANSA Indicated 0.7 percent lower

The group is seeking to unify standards across its group offive airlines for the engines and cockpits of planes it woulddeploy in future as part of efforts to boost its purchasingpower over aircraft makers.

Related news SAP Indicated 0.3 percent lower

The company's business in Germany, where it makes about 14percent of revenues, is "stable", SAP's head of Germany, HarryThomsen, told Euro am Sonntag in an interview.

Related news HEIDELBERGCEMENT Indicated 0.7 percent lower

The economy would recover fast should Greece exit the eurozone, the company's Chief Financial Officer Lorenz Naeger toldBoersen-Zeitung in an interview published on Saturday, addingthat "everyone" was prepared for such a move.

Related news INFINEON Indicated 1.2 percent lower

The company will postpone by six months pay raises plannedfor October for employees with salaries above the general payscale, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing an internal email.

Related news EADS Indicated 0.4 percent lower in Frankfurt

Britain will block the proposed $45 billion merger betweenEADS and BAE Systems if key "red line" priorities arenot met, defence minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday, justthree days before a deadline for detailing the deal.

Separately, the company is continuing "constructive talks"with governments over its proposed $45 billion merger deal withBAE Systems and remains convinced that it is an excellent dealfor Europe, a spokesman said on Saturday.

In addition, France will not rule out buying shares fromLagardere that would raise its stake in a merger ofEADS and BAE, a French government source said on Friday, raisingthe prospect of a deal-breaking clash with Britain.

Related news METRO Indicated 0.7 percent higher

Billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen said a merger of hisretail chain Karstadt and Metro's Kaufhof department storeswould still "make a lot of sense", according to the WAZnewspaper group.

Related news FREENET Indicated 0.8 percent lower

The company is under no pressure to merge with majorshareholder Drillisch , Freenet Chief ExecutiveChristoph Vilanek told Welt am Sonntag in an interview, addingthe groups were currently not assessing whether a merger madesense.

Related news AIR BERLIN Indicated 1.2 percent higher

The group formed a commercial partnership with AbuDhabi-based Etihad and Air France KLM SA .

Related news SMT SCHARF Indicated 0.1 percent lower

It will be "hardly feasible" to keep results stable in 2013compared with 2012, CEO Christian Dreyer told FrankfurterAllgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview, adding thethird-quarter was in-line with the company's expectations.

Related news OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS Dow Jones +0.3 pct, S&P 500 -0.03 pct, Nasdaq

-0.4 pct at Friday's close.

Nikkei +0.4 pct at Friday's close.The index is closed on Monday due to a public holiday. GM'S OPEL

Opel does not feel restricted in its effort to expand beyondEurope, the unit's sales chief Alfred Rieck told Autogazette inan interview, adding Opel would expand to those market where itcould be profitable.

Rieck also said he was confident the company could sell morethan 80,000 vehicles in Russia this year.

Related news IPO

German lighting designer Hess aims to start trading on theFrankfurt stock exchange on Oct. 19, the group's IPO prospectusshowed.

Related news AIRLINES

Emirates Airline has seen sales rising 21 percentin Germany this year, the group's passenger sales boss ThierryAntinori told German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, not providingadditional details about the time frame.

Related news GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

August exports (seasonally adjusted) were up 2.4 pct m/m,imports were up 0.3 pct m/m.

Separately, August industrial output due 1000 GMT. Seen down0.8 pct m/m.

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