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* Disbursed foreign direct investment in Vietnam dropped 1.9 percent to US$5.3 billion in the first six months of the year, the Foreign Investment Agency of the Ministry of Planning and Investment reported in a statement on its website Tuesday. Pledged foreign direct investment into Vietnam fell 43.3 percent to $5.7 billion in the first half from the same period last year, according to the statement.

* Vietnam International Commercial Joint-Stock Bank, partly owned by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, expects pretax profit to rise 76 percent to VND1.85 trillion ($89.9 million) this year, and total assets to increase 38 percent to VND130 trillion, it said in a statement Wednesday. The Hanoi-based bank, known as VIB, also expects deposits to rise 37 percent this year, it said in the statement.

* The Indonesian government is in talks with the Vietnamese government to import 600,000 tons of rice, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Vietnam newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information. If an agreement is reached, the rice would be shipped in August, the paper said.

* Industrial output in June grew an estimated 15.2 percent from a year before, accelerating from 14.2 percent in May, the government said on Wednesday. The General Statistics Office estimated that industrial output for June reached VND75.33 trillion ($3.66 billion). Vietnam is targeting industrial output growth of 14.8 percent this year after 14 percent last year.

* Vietnam's gold exports rose to 20 tons in the first six months of 2011 after domestic prices fell in response to government discussions on restricting gold trading, Lao Dong newspaper reported, citing the General Statistics Office. The country shipped about 12 tons of the precious metal in June, higher than the total volume of gold exports in the January-to-May period.

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