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  • TAIPEI, Oct 8- Taiwan's exports rose more than expected in September after six straight months of declines, buoyed by demand for new electronics products ahead of the year-end shopping season, with the key U.S. and China markets returning to growth.

  • BANGKOK-- World stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. "That worried investors that we might have hit the top of the recent rally and we might see some correction in the short term," said Jackson Wong, vice president of Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 8- Taiwan's exports recorded their first growth after six straight months of declines in September, buoyed by demand for new electronics products ahead of the year-end shopping season, with the key U.S. and China markets returning to growth. Exports to China +6 pct. Exports to Europe -10.5 pct.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 8- Taiwan's exports recorded their first growth after six straight months of declines in September, buoyed by demand for new electronics products ahead of the year-end shopping season, with the key U.S. and China markets returning to growth. Exports to China +6 pct. Exports to Europe -10.5 pct.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 8- Taiwan's exports recorded their first growth after six straight months of declines in September, buoyed by demand for new electronics products ahead of the year-end shopping season, with the key U.S. and China markets returning to growth. Exports to China +6 pct. FOREST CHEN, ANALYST, TA CHONG BANK.

  • *POSCO sags on discount block sale by SK Telecom. *KOGAS rallies on Iraq pipeline contract. However, the real move will come from the Q3 earnings reports, "said Song Sang- hoon, an analyst at Kyobo Securities.

  • Oct 08- Fitch Ratings has assigned Korea- based Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.' s USD500m capital securities a final rating of' A-'. The rating reflects the credit enhancement provided to investors by Korea Development Bank, Woori Bank and Hana Bank.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- South Korean shares fell on Monday as concerns about the slowdown of the world economy led investors to exercise caution ahead of earnings reports. Most heavyweights on the South Korean index slumped, led by shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries, which dropped 2.8 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by resource sectors as investors worried that the coming U.S. earnings season will feature weaker results.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Monday, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by commodities and mining sectors as investors' attention turned to the coming U.S. earnings season amid concerns of weaker results. 3.2 percent, while Woodside Petroleum. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- SK Telecom Co Ltd, South Korea's top mobile operator, sold half of its 2.85 percent stake in steelmaker POSCO for 440 billion won before the stock market opened on Monday, an SK Telecom spokeswoman said.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- Seoul shares fell slightly on Monday morning as investors braced for a slowing world economy and kept a wary eye on the upcoming earnings season. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares excluding Japan was down 0.73 percent.

  • BANGKOK-- Asian stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China also fell. Andrew Sullivan, principal sales trader at Piper Jaffray in Hong Kong, said protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece continue to worry investors.

  • *Toyota, Honda to cut working hours, slow line speed-Nikkei. TOKYO, Oct 8- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co plan to slash production in China by roughly half, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday, as a territorial row between Asia's two largest economies cuts sales of Japanese cars in the world's biggest auto market.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, with mining stocks losing ground while banks gained, and traders were looking for new momentum drivers as the market consolidated last week's rise to 14- month highs.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- South Korean shares edged lower on Monday as investors awaited a euro zone finance ministers meeting for signals on progress in fighting the region's debt crisis, while an upbeat U.S. jobs report was unable to provide any lift. Shipbuilders fell across the board, with Hyundai Heavy Industries down 1.6 percent. Keywords: MARKETS KOREA STOCKS/ URGENT.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- Seoul shares are likely to hold a narrow range on Monday as the market awaits stronger signals on progress in combating the euro zone's ills, despite positive U.S. jobs data. Investors here will likely wait for more news from the euro zone, "said Cho Byung- hyun, an analyst at Tong Yang Securities.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, in line with a dip on Wall Street where a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate was overshadowed by investor concern about the coming earnings season.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. >Korea won't weaken won to spur exports- officials.