* Shares rise as much as 6.3 percent (Adds quotes, writes through)
* Combined group EBITDA up 31 pct to 181 mln pounds (Adds details on strategy, CEO interview)
LONDON, Aug 24 Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio apologised to staff on Wednesday for damaging the bank's reputation but said he intended to continue running the British lender following press scrutiny of his private life.
* Price war with Woolworths showing up in inflation data (Recasts, adds executive and analyst comment)
LONDON, Aug 24 British carpet distributor Headlam has raised its prices after a weaker pound in the wake of the Brexit vote pushed up the cost of imports from continental Europe, showing the potential inflationary impact of sterling's decline.
Indian shares crept up on Wednesday, led by drug maker Aurobindo Pharma Ltd after stellar quarterly results, but sentiment remained edgy as investors awaited further clues on whether the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. interest rates this year.