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  • Commerzbank Posts Surprise Quarterly Loss Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 8:55 AM ET
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    Commerzbank, Germany's No. 2 bank, posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss after a cut in its medium-term profit forecasts had a damaging effect on its tax accounting.

  • Peripheral European economies are paving the way for an earlier return to growth than forecast thanks to fast-growing exports and falling labor costs, Standard & Poor's said in a new report on Monday.

  • Euro Zone Factory Prices Fall, Mirror Inflation Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 5:06 AM ET
    The European Central Bank headquarters in Brussels.

    Euro zone factory prices fell for the second month in a row in December, mirroring the trend in consumer inflation and leaving room for a possible European Central Bank interest rate cut to revive the weak economy.

  • This Week, Watch What Central Bankers Say, Not Do Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 7:02 PM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Central banking is in a state of flux as policymakers from Tokyo to Washington ditch prevailing orthodoxies to try to grab a bigger share of a slow-growing global economic pie.

  • France On Track for Growth Target: Minister Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici on Sunday said the government believed it could reach its 2013 economic growth target of 0.8 percent.

  • RBS Told to Pay Libor Fines From Bonus Pool Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 5:50 AM ET
    Royal Bank of Scotland

    Royal Bank of Scotland faces the prospect of scrapping all bonuses for its investment bankers this year to free up cash to pay fines for its involvement in a global interest rate rigging scandal.

  • Inflation Nears ECB Goal Amid Record Joblessness Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:37 PM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Euro zone inflation fell to a two-year low as companies cut prices at a time of record joblessness, potentially giving the European Central Bank more scope to lower interest rates.

  • Banks Slow Crisis Money Repayment to ECB Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 6:07 AM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Banks will pay back another 3.5 billion euros next week of the emergency 3-year loans they took from the European Central Bank a year ago, further deflating the ECB's balance sheet after they paid back a whopping 137 billion euros this week.

  • What Crisis? Big Tobacco in Europe Marches On Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 4:42 AM ET
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    Banks, retailers and many others may have suffered during Europe's downturn but the tobacco sector has remained rock solid during a time of weak consumer spending.

  • German Stocks Still Find Love After Major Rally Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:00 AM ET
    A financial trader uses a telephone as he monitors data on his computer screens in front of a display of the DAX Index curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

    Germany's Dax index has risen 20 percent over the past year, reaching new five-year highs, even as the economy has slowed in recent months, but analysts say German stocks are still attractive because of the export potential of many of the companies.

  • Euro Zone Still Waiting for Its Marshall Plan Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 8:14 PM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    When European leaders agreed last summer on a "growth compact" designed to pump more than two hundred billion dollars into the euro zone economy, it was hailed as modern-day Marshall Plan. The Global Post reports.

  • Germany Slowdown? Not Anymore, Say Analysts Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 8:40 AM ET
    Reichstag building, Germany.

    After a slowdown in the fourth quarter of 2012, Germany's economy seems to be getting back on track and some analysts now believe Europe's largest economy will go from strength to strength in 2013.

  • German Retail Sales Plunged in December Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 3:42 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    German retail sales tumbled by their largest amount in over three years in December, preliminary data showed on Thursday, denting hopes that private consumption can compensate for weaker exports and lift Europe's largest economy this year.

  • Why This Euro Rally Could Keep Going for a While Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 8:32 AM ET

    The euro hit a 14-month high against the dollar, some analysts believe the rally is set to continue as improved sentiment for the euro bloc takes hold.

  • Euro Zone Sentiment Rises for Third Month in a Row Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 5:09 AM ET

    Euro zone economic sentiment improved more than expected across all sectors in January, rising for the third time in a row in a sign the economy could be emerging from a low point in the fourth quarter of 2012.

  • Euro Zone Periphery Fixes Major Cause of Crisis Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 4:17 AM ET
    Euro Zone Faces 'Winter of Discontent': Pro

    Greece, Portugal and Spain are reversing the loss of wage competitiveness that was a significant cause of the euro zone crisis, the Conference Board said on Wednesday.

  • Spain GDP Falls 1.8% Year-on-Year, Worse Than Forecast Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 3:04 AM ET

    Spain's gross domestic product fell 1.8 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier according to preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute on Wednesday.

  • Monti Win Likely to Boost Italian Bonds: Coutts Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
    Mario Monti

    Italy's technocrat prime minister, Mario Monti, is likely to lead the country again after the national election in February, Coutts Chief Investment Officer Norman Villamin told CNBC.

  • QE Program a 'Disaster,' Say Saving and Pension Groups Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 9:28 AM ET

    The policy of quantitative easing pursued by the Bank of England since 2008 has hurt the nation's savers and any further stimulus would have marginal benefits, according to evidence heard by U.K. policymakers.

  • The city of Dijon has just sold off half of its prized municipal wine cellar to help fund local social spending – including a bottle of 1999 Burgundy knocked down at auction for 4,800 euros to a Chinese buyer. The FT reports.

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