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Spain leads European shares higher as Scots snub independence

2014-09-19 10:15

European shares have surged after Scotland's decision to vote "no" to independence from the UK buoyed equity markets.

No fiscal pain, no gain

2014-09-18 07:07

Free-spending France and prudent Germany hold lessons for SA, says Leopold Scholtz.

European banking job numbers drop further

2014-09-16 16:15

The banking sector's long and painful restructuring accounted for a furthe fall in staff numbers at Europe's biggest lenders in the first half of the year.

Heineken family won't loosen grip

2014-09-15 15:41

Four generations and 150 years on from the founding father of Heineken, the Dutch brewing family shows no signs of wanting to relinquish control.

European shares down on China data

2014-09-15 10:55

European equities have fallen, led lower by shares in commodity companies after disappointing data from China, while Heineken and SABMiller shares have risen.

World's biggest tourism operator formed

2014-09-15 09:54

German travel group TUI and its British subsidiary TUI Travel have finalised terms on creating the world's biggest tourism operator.

European shares hit session low

2014-09-11 15:34

European shares have hit a session low in afternoon trading after data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose.

EU pushes for energy deal in US trade pact

2014-09-10 09:45

The US should commit to exporting oil and natural gas to Europe under a transatlantic trade deal in light of the European Union's geopolitical situation.

Top Russian oil companies on EU sanctions list

2014-09-08 14:45

The EU has put Russia's top oil producers on a list of Russian state-owned firms that will not be allowed to raise capital on European markets, says a diplomat.

UK shares, government bonds show strains

2014-09-08 12:18

British shares and government bonds have shown strains as a poll put the campaign for Scotland to split from the rest of the UK in the lead for the first time.

ECB rates decision will impact JSE

2014-09-04 10:28

An indication of an increase in rates by the ECB could mean emerging economies’ equity markets like the JSE are likely to perform well, says an expert.

European Commission to talk gas with Russia

2014-09-02 13:30

The European Commission will hold expert-level talks with Russia to try to solve the Ukraine gas price row, says energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools

2014-09-01 15:30

Factory activity in Europe and Asia has cooled as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China.

Disappearing EU inflation heightens ECB concerns

2014-08-29 12:48

Euro zone inflation has dropped as expected to a fresh five year low in August, something likely to concern the European Central Bank.

French economy minister joins jobless queue

2014-08-26 17:30

France's firebrand economy minister Arnaud Montebourg has loved setting off political bombs, but this time, one may have exploded on him earlier than expected.

ECB expectations boost European shares

2014-08-25 10:15

European shares have rose in morning trading, with market sentiment improving after comments by ECB president Mario Draghi raised expectations of policy easing.

KPMG wants EU bank reforms shelved

2014-08-21 11:15

KPMG has written to Europe's largest lenders saying a European Commission plan to separate banks' consumer and investment-banking arms should be shelved.

Germany's economy down, Europe hopeful

2014-08-14 13:00

The German economy has suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, its first in more than a year, raising new doubts about Europe's recovery.

EC cuts fish quotas for 10 countries

2014-08-11 16:37

The European Commission has cut this year's fishing quotas for 10 member countries, to compensate for overfishing in 2013.

Euro farmers feel Russian sanctions bite

2014-08-08 18:00

A wide array of small fresh food producers have felt the first impact from Moscow's tit for tat ban on their goods.

How Russian sanctions affect Europe

2014-08-07 16:40

We look at the impact on European companies, after the EU and US tightened sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors.

Lufthansa voted Europe’s leading airline

2014-08-04 20:00

For the fourth time in a row Lufthansa German Airlines has been voted “Europe’s Leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards.

EU factory growth eases as inflation fades

2014-08-01 11:15

Eurozone manufacturing growth has failed to accelerate as expected despite factories barely raising prices, as tensions in Ukraine weighed on sentiment.

European shares steady as sanctions risk mutes

2014-07-29 13:21

European shares have steadied, with earnings reports offset by the threat to the region's economy from any more sanctions against Russia by the West.

European shares hit by weak German data, LVMH

2014-07-25 20:00

Weak German economic data and a slump in the shares of luxury goods group LVMH have hit European stock markets.

 

European shares climb early, Scotland in focus

2014-09-18 10:36

European stocks have edged up, tracking gains on Wall St after the US Fed renewed its pledge to keep ultra-low interest rates for a "considerable time".

European banks' political defences challenged

2014-09-17 10:00

For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with political connections.

Ukraine should steer middle course - business

2014-09-16 10:45

Ukraine should seek special trade deals with Russia and the EU and consider military non-alignment to help stabilise its economy, say business leaders.

EU companies flush with cash, set to invest

2014-09-15 14:00

European companies have close to €1trn in cash - more than before the financial crisis - and are set to invest heavily during the next 12 months, says Deloitte.

Investec sells $877m of Irish loans

2014-09-15 10:45

Investec has sold £540m of Irish mortgages to a US private equity firm, marking its second deal this month to get rid of loans it not longer wants.

EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy

2014-09-15 06:00

EU finance ministers have tasked the European Commission and other bodies to find ways of creating growth without getting deeper into debt.

Santander chair Emilio Botin dies

2014-09-10 12:00

Emilio Botin, one of Spain's most powerful men who transformed Santander from a small domestic lender into the EU's biggest bank, has died of a heart attack.

WHO adjusts conditions as staffers get Ebola

2014-09-09 17:23

WHO staff battling an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are working in larger quarters and no longer live with people from other agencies after a scientist with the UN group was infected.

IMF's Lagarde urges Germany to spend more

2014-09-08 12:30

IMF head Christine Lagarde has urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the eurozone's flagging economic recovery.

ECB cuts rates to repel deflation threat

2014-09-04 14:28

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates to a fresh record low, unexpectedly bringing borrowing costs close to zero to lift inflation from rock-bottom.

Investors expect billions raised after ECB tests

2014-09-03 16:00

The European Central Bank's review of eurozone banks will have to ask lenders to raise an additional €51bn to be credible with markets, shows a survey.

Police seize millions in huge fake Viagra swoop

2014-09-01 21:29

Police in several European countries have arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers.

European shares inch up, Tesco sinks

2014-08-29 12:53

European shares have risen in early trade, recovering some of the ground lost in the previous session as investors awaited inflation figures.

EU to aid dairy sector hit by Russian ban

2014-08-28 16:30

The European Union has announced more measures to help European farmers hit by a Russian import ban, expanding the aid to dairy products.

Steelmakers lead as eurozone shares extend rally

2014-08-26 17:20

Euro zone blue chips have been on track to record their best two-day gain this year, boosted by the prospect of further stimulus from the ECB.

Italian, Spanish debt may shrug off Fed rate hike

2014-08-21 15:15

Any speculation about the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike could raise fears of a fall in demand for bonds in the euro zone periphery.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

European shares fall on growth scare

2014-08-14 09:13

European stocks have opened lower as disappointing economic output data from the euro zone's two largest economies cast shadows on market bets.

EU seeks to limit Russian food ban impact

2014-08-11 14:34

European Union regulators have begun a product-by-product analysis of the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports.

EU wants to beef up financial watchdogs

2014-08-08 14:31

The EU's trio new financial watchdogs should have more powers over banks, insurers and markets, says the bloc's executive body.

European shares slip

2014-08-07 11:35

European stocks have slipped in early trade, extending a week-long slide as tensions between the West and Russia continue to spook investors.

European stock markets rise after bank rescue

2014-08-04 16:19

European stock markets have risen, retracing some of last week's heavy losses after news of a Portuguese state rescue for Banco Espirito Santo.

BNP Paribas posts loss after US fine

2014-07-31 16:09

BNP Paribas bank has revealed a net loss for the second quarter, holed by charges for a record US fine for sanctions busting.

European shares dip early

2014-07-28 13:00

European stocks have reversed early gains, adding to the previous session's losses, with Germany's Wincor Nixdorf sinking after it lashed its sales forecast.

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