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  • European shares ended the first day of trading in 2008 on a negative note Wednesday, as worries over global growth -- exacerbated by evidence of a contraction in U.S. manufacturing -- overshadowed news of consolidation in the banking sector.

  • Shares in government-controlled Aeroports de Paris, operator of Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, soared after French construction company Vinci SA said it had acquired a 3.3 percent stake.

  • European equities ended flat on Monday in thin trade as key markets stayed closed, with the region notching a slender gain of 1.5 percent in 2007, its worst performance since 2002 as a credit crunch whacked stocks.

  • European shares were broadly lower Friday, as weakness in banking stocks dampened investor sentiment, but U.S. stocks made firm gains at the open on the Wall Street.

  • European equities eked out gains for the fourth session in a row on Thursday in thin volume as energy shares took pole position on higher oil prices.

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    The European Central Bank is determined to stop increases in oil and food prices becoming entrenched in a broader inflation rise, President Jean-Claude Trichet said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.

  • Air France-KLM's bid for Italy's state-controlled airline, Alitalia, has triggered a frenzy of holiday lobbying by powerful opponents who want Rome to reject an offer they say harms national interests.

  • France's biggest retail bank Credit Agricole said on Thursday it would book a 2.5 billion euros pre-tax writedown in 2007 due to the credit crisis gripping global financial markets.

  • The euro zone had a higher-than-expected trade surplus in October despite a continued rise in the euro as exports grew faster than imports, the European Union's statistics office said on Tuesday.

  • British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy for a meeting in the first half of January on financial market stability.

  • Euro zone services grew at a slower pace than expected in December, as the banking sector stalled, signaling a slowdown in the single currency area, a key survey showed on Monday.

  • Euro zone services growth cooled more than expected in December as the banking sector stalled while manufacturing activity eased marginally, but in line with forecasts, a key survey showed on Monday.

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    Several top central banks including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank  announced plans to address elevated pressures in short-term funding markets.

  • European stocks were seen opening slightly higher on Tuesday, tracking gains in the United States and Asia ahead of a rate decision by the Federal Reserve.

  • Societe Generale, France's second-biggest listed bank, said on Monday it would consolidate its PACE structured investment vehicle (SIV) due to tough market conditions and would refinance it.

  • European stocks were seen edging lower on Monday, snapping a three-session winning run as hopes of a bold U.S. interest rate cut on Tuesday faded following slightly stronger-than-expected monthly jobs data.

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    European shares looked set to open higher Friday, mirroring gains in U.S. and Asian markets as a mortgage assistance plan for troubled U.S. homeowners restored investors' confidence.

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    European shares are expected to stage a modest rally on Thursday ahead of two key central bank decisions and after a strong performance on U.S. and Asian markets.

  • European shares gained 1.7 percent on Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak as banks and commodity stocks rose and a series of U.S. data releases soothed some concerns over the outlook for economic growth.

  • European stocks were set to bounce back on Wednesday after a two-session drop, as investors shrug off economic concerns and  fresh worries over the credit crisis that had hit U.S. shares overnight.