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UK expects EADS-BAE merger announcment 'any minute'

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 10 (Reuters) - British DefenceMinister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he expected anannouncement on a proposed merger between EADS and BAE "anyminute".

He spoke on the sidelines of the Conservative Partyconference in the English city of Birmingham.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas and Guy Faulconbridge)

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Keywords: EADS/DEAL