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    For Ian Barlow, Britain's tax authority has gone from being fearsome to being really rather nice.

  • Shoppers in euro zone nations battered by years of recession and crisis are on the hunt for bargains, delaying their purchases until the last minute, or simply not buying at all as post-Christmas sales get underway.

  • Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    Chinese stocks have gained more than 11 percent in December after languishing in negative territory for most of 2012, prompting analysts to say 2013 could finally be the year for Chinese stocks to break out of the doldrums.

  • Olam CEO Says Takeover Is 'Technically Possible'

    Olam International, which has been battling short-seller Muddy Waters, said on Friday that Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings had raised its stake in the commodities firm to 19 percent from 18 percent.

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    Thursday won the dismissal of a New York lawsuit by 26 hedge funds that accused the German automaker of causing more than $1 billion of losses by cornering the market in Volkswagen AG shares.

  • David Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to win back powers from the European Union could damage the 27-nation bloc and its single market, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in an interview published on Thursday.

  • Analysts Had Questioned Autonomy’s Accounting Years Ago

    Hewlett-Packard said the Justice Department has notified the firm that it has opened an investigation into Autonomy.

  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, Pool)

    The worst of the euro zone sovereign debt crisis is over, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview to be published on Friday.

  • Italy sold all the bills and bonds it aimed to at an auction on Thursday, a few days after outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti announced he may join the election race to lead a reform-minded centrist alliance.

  • European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    The European Central Bank will steadfastly enforce conditions attached to sovereign bond purchases under its program to help euro zone states cut borrowing costs, ECB Governing Council member Luc Coene said.

  • London Bridge

    Big companies in Britain now pay less tax than they did 12 years ago despite a big jump in profitability. Tax campaigners say the trend is the clearest signal yet that tax avoidance has blossomed under a more business-friendly strategy at the UK tax authority Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

  • Alcatel Lucent

    European regulations are stifling innovation within the telecom industry and preventing its growth, Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Paris-based telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has told CNBC.

  • Steinway Horowitz Piano

    Steinway Musical Instruments, the famous manufacturer of pianos, saxophones and trumpets, said on Wednesday it had decided not to sell itself following a 17-month-long exploration of strategic alternatives.

  • Lessons From Japan for the West

    Peter Chatwell of Credit Agricole and Roger Nightingale of RDN Associates debate the lessons from Japan for monetary and fiscal policy in the U.S. and Europe.

  • As Christmas overeating gives way to under-fulfilled new year diets, the pharmaceutical industry's appetite has been whetted for a fresh surge in business.

  • The 'Fiscal Cliff' Doesn't Matter: Economist

    Roger Nightingale, Economist at RDN Associates argues the "fiscal cliff" doesn't matter and the U.S. economy will head into recession, irrespective of what Congress and the White House do.

  • Shareholders in Spain's nationalized lender Bankia face high losses after the country's bank rescue fund disclosed on Wednesday the bank has a negative valuation of 4.2 billion euros.

  • The Toyota Prius C.

    They may not be sexy or exciting to drive, but a new study by Consumer Reports says hybrids offer the best value for those buying a new vehicle.

  • Labors work at a factory's workshop in Huaying, Sichuan province of China.

    Annual growth of China's industrial profits quickened to 22.8 percent in November from October's 20.5 percent, official data showed on Thursday, reinforcing signs of a steady economic recovery thanks to pro-growth policies.

  • The yen fell to a two-year low on Thursday, continuing its rapid downtrend that started in the middle of last month. But analysts warn that the yen could end up firmer by the end of 2013 as the Federal Reserve will stay ahead of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in monetary easing, which means the dollar will fall at a more rapid pace.

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