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  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesia's exports slumped more than expected in August while annual inflation eased in September, leading economists to expect the central bank to have room to keep benchmark interest rates at a record low all year.

  • *Japan business mood darkens as slowdown bites* South Korea Sept exports fall on weak global demand* European PMIs expected to confirm recession By Lucy Hornby and Leika Kihara.

  • BANGKOK-- Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell Monday after a closely watched survey showed confidence in the economy weakening. Toyota Motor Corp. lost 2.3 percent and Nishimatsu Construction Co. slid 4.2 percent. Stan Shamu of IG Markets in Melbourne, Australia said that investors are still concerned about Spain's financial health.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- China Aviation Oil is seeking more jet fuel for November, after having already bought nearly 2.7 million barrels for October and November, as the supply of Asian jet fuel is expected to tighten during the year-end holidays, industry sources said on Monday.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • Singapore shares fell, largely in line with regional markets, after the latest survey of factory managers showed China's economy is seeing a seventh straight quarter of slowing growth. One of the biggest decliners on the Singapore bourse was Wilmar International Ltd, which eased as much as 2.2 percent to S $3.18.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1- Following is a table of Kuala Lumpur tin market prices provided by a Malaysian trader. Date KL Premium/ Spot Bid Offer Final Volumes* Oct 1 21,600 41 18 28 175 Sept 28 21,500 121 15 21 685* Shipping to Europe. #E, J and M signify purchases by European, Japanese, and Malaysian buyers.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- The following is a detailed breakdown of Indonesia's September consumer price index released by the country's statistics bureau on Monday.

  • The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange's VN Index fell by midday as investors sold shares on worries about bad debts, inflation and corporate performance, analysts said.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesian exports in August tumbled 24.3 percent from a year earlier, twice as much as forecast, and imports surprisingly fell, leaving the country with its first trade surplus since March.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists see no reason to raise rates.

  • Oct 1- Maruti Suzuki India Ltd's. NOTE: Maruti Suzuki India, controlled by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. The carmaker's production loss was about $250 million during July and August due a shutdown at its Manesar factory.

  • gains 0.03 percent, while the 50- share NSE index is down 0.08 percent, in a quiet trading session ahead of a public holiday on Tuesday. *Little reaction seen from data on Friday showing India's current account deficit shrank in the April-June period from an all time high in the previous quarter, as the fall had been widely expected.

  • New Delhi, Oct 1- India's Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. "A section of employees of Kingfisher Airlines has not been reporting for work over the last fortnight and over the past two days, they have been threatening and even manhandling the other employees who are reporting for work," Kingfisher spokesman Prakash Mirpuri said in a statement.

  • Oct 1- India's TVS Motor Co vehicle sales in September: Sept 2012 Sept 2011 Pct change TOTAL SALES 170,097 219,369 -22.5 TWO-WHEELERS 165,092 215,690 -23.5 EXPORTS 18,818 25,973 -27.5.

  • Oct 1- The Washington Post Co said it would acquire a majority stake in privately held Celtic Healthcare Inc, marking the education and media company's entry into the healthcare sector.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesia's exports slumped more than expected in August while annual inflation eased in September, leading economists to expect the central bank to have room to keep benchmark interest rates at a record low all year.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesia's foreign tourist arrivals in August grew 2.1 percent from year-ago levels, the country's statistics bureau said on Monday. Arrivals in July fell 5.94 percent from a year ago, marking the the first annual drop in over a year.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesian exports in August fell 24.3 percent from a year earlier, a fifth straight month of decline and a deeper fall than expected, the country's statistics bureau said on Monday. Indonesia's inflation in September eased to 4.31 percent from a year earlier, lower t han expected and versus 4.58 percent in August, the statistics bureau said.