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  • Euro zone services growth bounced back much more than expected this month after hitting a two-year low in September, but the manufacturing expansion waned further, a key survey showed on Wednesday.

  • The chief executive of online gaming company Unibet Group has been arrested in the Netherlands on a French warrant, the company said Tuesday.

  • Electrical engineering group Schneider reported a forecast-beating 28.4 percent rise in third-quarter sales on Tuesday,helped by acquisitions, and predicted like-for-like sales growth of 13 percent in 2007.

  • The head of French media group Lagardere survived a challenge to his seat on a new board at Airbus parent EADS on Monday despite calls from minority shareholders that he should step down.

  • Train service started back up throughout much of France but many commuters in Paris biked, roller-bladed and even used children's scooters Friday as city transit workers kept up a second day of strikes against proposed economic reforms.

  • European Union leaders clinched final agreement on Friday on a treaty to reform the 27-nation bloc's institutions, replacing a defunct constitution and ending a two-year crisis of confidence in Europe's future.

  • One Bank of England policymaker wanted to cut borrowing costs this month, but was outgunnned by the other eight who argued new forecasts in November would  provide a better steer on how the economy was faring.

  • Euro zone economic growth will slow this year and next as fallout from the summer's financial market turmoil hits housing and a stronger euro crimps exports, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

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    European aircraft maker Airbus delivered its first long-awaited A380 to Singapore Airlines Monday, finally giving parent EADS some good news to trumpet after two years of delays in delivering the world’s largest passenger aircraft and recent allegations of insider trading at the company.

  • LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's largest luxury goods group, beat  forecasts with an 8% rise in nine-month sales and confirmed its target of a "significant" increase in full-year results.

  • Better-than-expected earnings from mobile-phone company Sony Ericsson boosted telecommunications stocks in Europe and added to a firm close for the major indexes Monday.

  • A collapse in the US housing market is so far having a limited impact on Saint-Gobain's activity, the head of the world's biggest building materials group said, confirming the group's financial targets.

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    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet signaled the bank was still biased towards a rate hike, despite calls for action to curb the euro's rise against the dollar.

  • A sprinkling of deal news, sinking oil prices and a firmer dollar are in the background as stocks edge higher Tuesday. The big news for markets though will come in the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes, set for release at 2 p.m. ET. The minutes of the September 18 meeting and the August 16 call will be released. Traders are watching for hints of what made the Fed take the aggressive step to slash the Fed funds rate by a half point, greater than the 1/4 point widely expected.

  • European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to review a slew of financial rules in the light of the summer's credit squeeze that tipped securities markets into turmoil.

  • The Fed and the start of earnings season are two big focuses for stocks Tuesday, after Monday's dullish session. The Fed releases minutes of its September 18 meeting and its August 16 call at 2p ET. This time last week, traders would have been digging into those minutes to find any confirmation of their view that rates will be cut again at the Fed's October 31 meeting.

  • Shares of SAP, the world's leading business software maker, tumbled Monday on the news that it would buy Franco-American company Business Objects, as investors feared the price of the transaction was too high.

  • Germany's finance minister appeared on Monday to dash prospects of a common response by euro zone nations to the single European currency's rising exchange rate, declaring "I love a strong euro."

  • The world's top banking supervisors gathered on Monday to review remedies to a crisis that has seen a major disruption of the global financial system and risks to global growth.

  • Euro-zone businesses and households can expect access to bank loans to be tougher in the months to come as banks batten down the hatches in the wake of the credit market turmoil.