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French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 11

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PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news andstories from French and Benelux media which could have an impacton the region's markets or individual stocks.

CAC 40 futures are 0.2 percent lower at 0637 GMT CARREFOUR

The French retailer said third-quarter like-for-like salesrose 0.2 percent as demand in Latin America made up for weaknessin austerity-hit Italy and Spain, and its core domestic marketshowed signs of improvement.

EADS

Europe's two biggest aerospace firms will go back to thedrawing board to find new strategies after Germany stymied theworld's biggest arms and aviation company merger.

LAGARDERE

The French media group, owner of 7.5 percent of EADS,renewed its support for the management of the maker of Airbusjets after its merger talks with Britain's BAE Systemsfailed.

EDF , VEOLIA

EDF Chief Executive Henri Proglio is expected to step downfrom French utility Veolia's board, French daily Les Echosreported.

SANOFI

The French drug maker has dropped plans to exit its researchlaboratory in the southern town of Toulouse as part of areorganisation of its French research operations, IndustryMinister Arnaud Montebourg said.

RENAULT , PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN

Europe's car market will not really recover without EU-ledcoordination of capacity cuts, Fiat and Chrysler ChiefExecutive Sergio Marchionne said, in an apparent back-track oncomments he made at the Paris auto show last month.

GDF SUEZ

GDF Suez' Belgian unit Electrabel said that it has closedits 350 MW combined-cycle gas turbine plant at Saint-Ghislain,near the French border, after an explosion earlier in the day.

ING

Pan-Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd has agreed to buy ING'sMalaysian insurance operations for $1.73 billion in cash,handing the Dutch financial services firm its first deal in anine-month drive to sell off Asian assets.

INTERPARFUMS

The Paris-listed perfume maker said it had signed anagreement with Burberry under which it would operatethe British luxury brand fragrance business until March 31, 2013before turning it over to Burberry.

IBA

The Belgian cancer diagnosis and therapy company has signedthree deals in Asia worth a total of 10 million euros for thesale of specialised sterilisation units, it said.

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