MILAN, Dec 11 - Italy's one-year borrowing costs inched higher at an auction on Wednesday from the record low they hit a month ago, as banks step up repayment of longer-term European Central Bank loans and reduce excess liquidity on money markets.
* Letta coalition expected to win confidence vote in both houses
LONDON, Dec 11 - The 11 European Union countries that have pledged to tax financial transactions will consider excluding several key markets from the levy's scope, an EU document showed.
* September jobless rate inches up to 27.4 pct from 27.3 pct in August
MILAN, Dec 11 - Italy's one-year borrowing costs edged up to 0.707 percent at auction on Wednesday from a month earlier, pushed higher by reduced liquidity on money markets as euro zone banks move to repay longer-term loans by the European Central Bank.
HONG KONG, Dec 11 - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Wednesday it is seeking to extend the draw-down period of an $8 billion loan from January next year, a move people familiar with the e-commerce company's plans said would buy it more time to launch an IPO.
ATHENS, Dec 11 - Greece's jobless rate rose to 27.4 percent in September, inching up slightly after remaining steady at 27.3 percent for the two previous months, data showed on Wednesday.
* Social Democrats strike deal with ANO, Christian Democrats
BEIJING, Dec 11 - New bank lending in China quickened in November and a broad measure of liquidity accelerated sharply, adding to signs the economy is regaining momentum and relieving market fears of monetary policy tightening.
(Corrects figure in para 3 to 1.2 pct decline from 1.7 pct)
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