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PRESS DIGEST - Vietnam newspapers - Oct 12

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HANOI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - These are some of the leadingstories in the official Vietnamese press on Friday. Reuters hasnot verified these stories and does not vouch for theiraccuracy.

FINANCIAL NEWS: VIETNAM NEWS (vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn)

-- The goal set for credit growth this year is proving hardto reach and banks should shift focus to credit quality, saidPham Hong Hai, managing director, head of Global Banking andMarkets at HSBC Bank Vietnam.

LAO DONG

-- Vietnam's state budget collection in the first ninemonths of 2012 edged up 1.3 percent from a year ago to 498.49trillion dong ($23.9 billion), while expenditure rose 14.5percent in the period to 643.21 trillion dong, the financeministry said.

THOI BAO KINH TE VIETNAM

-- The Vietnam Securities Depository said it had grantedlicences to 35 foreign stock investors in September, raising thetotal number as of Sept. 30 to 15,902.

(Reporting by Hanoi Newsroom; Editing by Sunil Nair)

((hanoi.newsroom@reuters.com +844 3825 9623))

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