Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 4

PRAGUE, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Thursday.

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PRAGUE - Czech central bank governing board to hold a regular weekly meeting. It is not scheduled to discuss monetary policy issues.

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PRAGUE - Car Importers' Association (SDA) to hold a news conference on third quarter passenger car registrations (0800 GMT).

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PRAGUE - Second round of VAR/23

and 4.60%/18 government bonds auction. Related news:

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CEZ IN ALBANIA: Albania's government said it will fund electricity imports by state-run power generation monopoly KESH for the rest of 2012, to avoid power cuts to consumers, and expects the distributor, a local unit of Czech company CEZ

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GOVT: Czech Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek resigned on Wednesday after police charged his first deputy with bribery, another blow to the centre-right government already weakened by corruption scandals in the past year.

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CEE FX POLL: Central European currencies are expected to firm 1-2 percent in the next 12 months, benefiting from increased risk appetite in global markets and strong trade surpluses in the region, a monthly Reuters poll of analysts showed on Wednesday.

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BOND AUCTION: The Czech Finance Ministry sold 5.1 billion crowns ($263.6 million) of 6- and 11-year bonds in a domestic auction on Wednesday, continuing to cash in on record low borrowing costs to lock in some of its 2013 funding requirements.

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CEE MARKETS: The zloty jumped half a percent on Wednesday after the Polish central bank held interest rates, surprising analysts who had expected a cut to counter a slowdown in the region's largest economy.

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CEE POWER: Renewed demand following a holiday in the region drove up Czech day-ahead power on Tuesday while the benchmark long-term contract hit a week low due to worries about the economy and future energy demand, traders said.

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ALCOHOL: Following the prohibition of hard alcohol last month, consumers are likely to shift to larger brand labels, the head of retailers union said.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 4

REAL ESTATE: One of the country's biggest real estate investors, Radovan Vitek of CPI, said he felt his group was over-invested in the Czech and Slovak markets and was looking abroad at properties.

Hospodarske Noviny, page 17

BUDGET: A deputy finance minister said the final vote on the budget and consolidation package could come down to the final days or hours of 2012.

Pravo, page 4

DUKOVANY: Euratom said Dukovany power plant's future operation was not under threat due to its use of Russian nuclear fuel following a report saying the EU could use this fact as an excuse to close the plant.

Pravo, page 17

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