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  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 4- The value of retail purchases with the Danish national debit card, Dankort, grew 4.8 percent in September from a year earlier to 24.5 billion Danish crowns, card payment services firm Nets said on Thursday.

  • For more on the company, double click TELIASONERA. "As a company you have a responsibility to ask questions, and my impression is that TeliaSonera has not really thought through how things work in this kind of countries," Szyber said.

  • For more on the company, double click TELIASONERA. "As a company you have a responsibility to ask questions, and my impression is that TeliaSonera has not really thought through how things work in this kind of countries," Szyber said.

  • *Benchmark euro interbank rates hit record lows. ADVISORY- Reuters plans to discontinue its daily report on the money markets in New York as of Oct. 15.

  • *To transfer sales staff from South Europe to South America. AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 3- Ailing Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said on Wednesday it is stopping all non-profitable projects as it battles worsening prospects by slashing costs and jobs to lift medium-term operating margins to high single digit levels.

  • BALTIMORE-- Johns Hopkins University says it will lead an international team of researchers studying how to improve wind farm design. The university said Tuesday that the National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to help fund the work.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Finland's export credit agency Finnvera is set to become the country's latest sub-sovereign issuer when it executes its first transaction under a new euro medium-term note programme later this year.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Key Euribor and Libor bank-to-bank rates hit fresh record lows on Wednesday, as the huge volume of cash pumped into the banking system by the European Central Bank and the prospect of further cuts in its interest rates extended a year-long slide.

  • *Nordic spot price for Thursday rise to 32.6 euros/ MWh. OSLO, Oct 3- Nordic spot power price rose on higher exports to Germany and lower supply from wind power while consumption was expected to increase as temperatures head down, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Key Euribor bank-to-bank lending rates hit fresh record lows on Wednesday, as the huge volume of cash pumped into the banking system by the European Central Bank and the prospect of further cuts in its interest rates extended a year-long slide.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 3- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas expects to achieve a medium term operating margin in the high single digits, its chief financial officer said at the group's capital markets day on Wednesday.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The government, which owns 13.5 percent of Nordea's shares, has been clear it wants to sell its stake and has a mandate from the parliament. It already sold 6.3 percent of Nordea shares in February 2011.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The Oslo- listed oil driller said it plans to replace Chief Executive Alf Thorkildsen with Fredrik Halvorsen, the head of its Archer affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.

  • BRISBANE, Calif.-- InterMune Inc. said Tuesday that Canadian regulators approved its lung-disease drug Esbriet. InterMune said Health Canada approved Esbriet as a treatment for mild-to-moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in adults.

  • JERUSALEM-- He has been the poster boy for Israel's powerhouse technology industry and a leading proponent of a great dream _ to end the world's addiction to oil. But on Tuesday, Shai Agassi stepped down as chief executive of Better Place, the Israel- based electric car company he founded with great fanfare five years ago.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 2- Electric car venture Better Place said it had replaced chief executive officer Shai Agassi with the CEO of its Australia unit, five years after Agassi founded the company. Agassi set up Better Place with the aim of using new technology to make electric cars more affordable and more convenient than gasoline-powered cars.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 2- Denmark's foreign exchange reserves, a monetary policy tool, fell by 0.9 billion crowns in September to 513.5 billion Danish crowns, the central bank said on Tuesday. The Nationalbank said it intervened in the foreign exchange market in September, buying a net 0.6 billion crowns for other currencies to steady the crown in line with its mandate.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 2- Danish engineering group FLSmidth& Co A/S said on Tuesday it has acquired unmanned operation technology for stackers and train loading systems from the German firm iSAM.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Banks are offering up to 500 million euros of debt to bidders in private equity firm CVC's sale of Danish store group Matas, as retail deals continue to dominate the European leveraged buyout market this year.

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 2- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said on Tuesday it had received a 68 megawatt turbine order for a wind project in Britain. The order was for 34 units of the V90-2.0 MW turbine for the Keadby Wind Farm project in Lincolnshire, Vestas said in a statement.