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European shares head for best month in years

2015-01-30 10:25

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index has advanced and is heading for its best monthly performance in 5½ years.

German consumer confidence surges

2015-01-28 12:00

German consumer confidence is set to surge to a 13-year high as plummeting oil prices boost optimism about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel warns Europe to not stray from reform path

2015-01-23 10:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned fellow European leaders not to ease off on economic reforms after the European Central Bank announced bold new moves.

ECB to decide on bond-buying plan

2015-01-22 15:47

The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan to buy government bonds, to breathe life into the eurozone economy.

How Greece returned to crisis

2015-01-21 16:00

After four years of economic sacrifices, Greece has bet it could agree to an early end to its international bailout.

European stocks rise at open

2015-01-21 12:23

Europe's stock markets have risen on the eve of a critical ECB monetary policy meeting that is forecast to launch a radical economic stimulus policy.

Lexus NX powers ahead with new turbo

2015-01-21 08:56

Lexus has announced turbo power for its NX crossover range - the cars are expected in the UK in March and are also, apparently, expected in South Africa.

EU bans sea bass trawling

2015-01-19 20:44

The EU says it will ban open water trawling of sea bass during the spawning season.

Swiss bank president defends shock move

2015-01-18 20:30

Reaction to the Swiss National Bank's scrapping of its cap on the value of the Swiss franc has been overdone, says its president.

Oil embargo an option for peace in Libya

2015-01-18 16:30

An oil embargo is one tactic the European Union could use to press for a solution to the crisis in Libya, according to the EU's diplomatic service.

Germany boasts balanced budget

2015-01-14 10:33

German has balanced its budget for the first time since 1960 and has urged eurozone partners to follow suit instead of trying to revive stagnant economies.

European stocks extend rebound

2015-01-08 15:46

European equities have rebounded sharply on eurozone stimulus hopes, bright US data and a modest recovery in oil prices, dealers say.

European shares dip lowest in 3 years

2015-01-06 12:36

European equities have fallen sharply, with a steep drop in prices of crude oil and copper hurting financial and commodities stocks the most.

 

German union stages warning strikes

2015-01-29 13:15

Thousands of engineering workers on night shift across Germany have walked out over a wage dispute, says Germany's biggest trade union.

Greek prime minister halts port sale

2015-01-28 10:45

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and has halted privatisation of Greece's biggest port.

ECB's Draghi says majority favours broad easing

2015-01-22 18:15

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says there is a large majority on the Governing Council in favour of launching a broad quantitative easing plan.

BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk

2015-01-21 18:00

The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age at levels of exposure.

Greece returns to crisis ahead of polls

2015-01-21 12:30

After four years of economic sacrifices, Greece has bet it may agree to an early end to its international bailout.

Europe heads to Davos with low expectations

2015-01-21 09:45

Senior European executives have largely given up hope of an economic upturn this year, according to a survey released by consultants PwC.

2014 - record year for Jeep sales

2015-01-20 06:52

Jeep has had a record year in 2014 on all counts, and Jeep South Africa had some steady growth too.

No clear majority yet for US, EU trade deal

2015-01-19 15:00

No clear majority has so far emerged among EU states for a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.

French truckers plan blocks as wage talks loom

2015-01-18 19:00

French truck drivers plan on blockages to disrupt traffic on key roads starting from Sunday evening as union members say they are preparing for a tough fight.

Greek businesses sing the blues

2015-01-18 15:30

The economic crisis has forced the closure of thousands of businesses and as elections approach those left standing are wary of the future.

Russia, Ukraine crisis impacts EBRD

2015-01-15 16:15

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will probably report its first loss since the global financial crisis due to turmoil in Russia and Ukraine.

EU's Tusk to push for airline data sharing

2015-01-09 15:30

The European Council president will press EU lawmakers to drop their objections to states sharing airline passenger data after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

European stocks rally at open

2015-01-08 11:16

European stocks have rebounded at the start of trading, with sentiment boosted by bright US data, eurozone stimulus hopes and a modest recovery in oil prices.

European stocks drop at open

2015-01-05 11:06

European stock markets have fallen in initial deals and the euro has dropped with the ECB appearing on course to further prop up the eurozone.

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