French and Benelux stocks - Factors to watch on Oct 1


PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and leading stories from French and Benelux newspapers which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.


Comcast Corp , the largest U.S. cable service provider, denied a Web report on Wednesday that it had struck a deal to buy media conglomerate NBC Universal for $35 billion. But Comcast stopped short of quashing widespread speculation that it was interested in NBC Universal, which is owned by General Electric and Vivendi. [ID:nN30231454]


Sales of Renault Samsung, the South Korean unit of the French auto maker, rose 16.6 percent in September.

Separately, Renault said it could not reach deal with Penske to supply the Saturn brand. [RENA.PA]


Medical professionals welcomed the French drugmaker's plan to probe the safety of insulin, including its Lantus drug, and stressed a possible link between diabetes medicines and cancer had not been proven. [ID:nLU589017]


The French waste and water group will separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as an interim step before putting in place separate supervisory and executive boards, a source close to the board of directors told Reuters. [ID:nL0323032]


A spate of suicides among employees at France Telecom could dent the investor appeal of the former state-owned monopoly if they lead to management upheaval or slow the pace of cost cuts, analysts believe. [ID:nLU249761]


The Belgian-French financial services group expects to report result in the third quarter similar to the first two of 2009, when it returned to profit, its chief executive said on Wednesday. [ID:nLU288499]


Nearly two-thirds of U.S. parents say they will hold off having their children vaccinated against the H1N1 swine flu or will not get them immunized at all, a survey showed. The U.S. government has ordered vaccine from MedImmune, a unit of AstraZeneca , Sanofi-Aventis , CSL , GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis . [ID:nN30238141]


France's public deficit will scale record highs this year and next as debt levels soar on the back of higher welfare spending and rising unemployment, the government said in its 2010 budget. France sees a budget shortfall of 8.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2009 and 8.5 percent next year, higher than the 7 to 7.5 percent previously forecast and beating the previous record of 6.4 percent set in 1993. [ID:nLU173211]



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