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* Vietnam, the world's second-largest rice exporter, shipped 5.45 million metric tons from the start of the year to September 8, the Vietnam Food Association said. The country may ship 7.3 million tons of rice in 2011, the agricultural ministry said in a report on its website August 31.

* Vincom Joint-Stock Co., Vietnam's largest listed real-estate company by market value, said it plans to sell 7.15 million shares to Credit Suisse International at a price of VND144,341 a share, according to a company posting on the website of the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange Monday.

* Vietnam's 2011 pepper exports will generate a record US$800 million, as a result of increases in global prices, according to a statement on the government's website. The country's pepper shipments totaled 110,000 tons in 2010, it said, without providing a figure for 2011 volumes.

* Wintek Corp. will pay $19.6 million for acquisition of land use rights and factory buildings in Vietnam's Quang Chau New Urban Area, the Taiwan-based company said in a statement to the local stock exchange Wednesday.

* The VN-Index is set to climb to 540 as the "medium-term technicals are still gaining traction," according to Viet Capital Securities Co. The expectation that inflation will come down, along with interest rates, is attracting more people, said Michel Tosto, director for institutional sales and brokerage at the company.

* Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry & Trade, or VietinBank, may sell a 15 percent stake to Bank of Nova Scotia in early 2012, Chairman Pham Huy Hung said at a conference in Hanoi Thursday. The company had previously said it planned to sell the stake this year.

* The Ministry of Finance agrees in principle with a proposed increase in electricity rates, with the rate and timing of any increase dependent on the country's economic situation, Vietnam News reported, citing Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue. State-run utility Vietnam Electricity, which applied September 8 to raise rates, must coordinate with ministries to establish a plan for increasing rates based on input costs, Hue is quoted as saying in the report.

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