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* NCB to be sold to Investec * Greek debt deal seen approaching fast. * December retail sales rise 2.1%. * Italy bond auction sells out.

27th January, 2012
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* **NCB Stockbrokers** is to be sold to Investec Ireland for around €32 million by shareholders who are mostly staff.

* **Olli Rehn** says deal on Greek private sector debt is very close.

* **December retail sales** rise 2.1 per cent, first monthly increase in 45 months.

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