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  • PARIS— With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep? Portable shipping containers are being converted into refugee apartments in Germany, which saw nearly half of Europe's overall 400,000 asylum applications in the first half of the year.

  • ZURICH- Swiss National Bank head Thomas Jordan addresses a business gathering- 1600 GMT. REYKJAVIK- Launch of Economic Survey of Iceland 2015. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks on the economic outlook before the Forecasters Club of New York- 1710 GMT. TOKYO- Japan Economics Minister Akira Amari speaks at a seminar at...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • BICESTER, England— The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. In the Burberry store, many try on the brand's signature trench coats, which go for at least 600 pounds after discounts. He came from Shanghai to Europe with a group of about 30 colleagues to shop and do some sight-seeing.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Across Europe, employers have largely welcomed a stream of young and often well-educated foreign workers who are helping to offset the ageing of the population. The situation is less clear...

  • BERLIN, Aug 28- Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Her party is expected use Germany's return to budget surpluses as a cornerstone of its 2017 election campaign.

  • *Bull market "ageing" but very much alive- Citi. China's central bank injected 60 billion yuan into money markets on Friday, the second such move this week, while inflation data out of Germany later on Friday is likely to set the tone for the European Central Bank's meeting next Thursday as deflationary pressures rise around the world. Although global equities are...

  • *IMF always believed Greece's debt was unsustainable. WASHINGTON/ ATHENS, Aug 28- Many of the top brass of the International Monetary Fund always had concerns about the plans to bail out Greece. He slammed IMF forecasts for Greece as overly optimistic- "Panglossian."

  • *Simple barcodes provide too little information. BERLIN, Aug 28- Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode- the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day. First used on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1974 in a store in Ohio,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 10 Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England's Executive Director of Prudential Policy David Rule at the Credit Scoring and Credit Control XIV Conference, University of Edinburgh. REYKJAVIK- Launch of Economic Survey of Iceland 2015. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks on the economic outlook before the Forecasters Club of New...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • BERLIN— Germany's justice minister says he wants Facebook to delete racist content faster amid a surge in anti-migrant pages and comments on the social networking site. Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday invited Facebook representatives to a meeting to discuss ways in which the company can react sooner when it's alerted to illegal content.

  • PARIS, Aug 27- French carmaker Citroen is preparing a series of model launches, brand chief Linda Jackson told Reuters, in a bid to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent Peugeot's recovery from near bankruptcy. With sales down sharply, Citroen is a blot on Peugeot's otherwise stellar rebound. Sales of Peugeot models rose 3.9 percent in January...

  • European markets close: Extended gains Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets close: Extended gains

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including European oil majors and the Greek Prime Minister ruling out a coalition with main parties.

  • German industrial group ThyssenKrupp, Dutch healthcare and consumer group Philips and British food ingredients group Tate& Lyle are among those adjusting for lower growth and a new intensity in price wars. "The message which we have given the team in China is the following: You need to move up your margin," ThyssenKrupp Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger told...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 9 Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and prime ministers of Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania to attend. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure speaks at the...

  • European markets close: ECB hints inflation downgrade Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    European markets close: ECB hints inflation downgrade

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the ECB chief economist raising concerns on inflation.

  • *Supply glut and China' hard landing' fears weigh. "Plummeting gasoline seems to be a drag on crude oil prices," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, Germany. U.S. crude oil was down 20 cents at $39.11 a barrel by 1455 GMT.

  • *Greece must find way to deal with 100 bln eur of problem loans. *Full-scale bad banks in Ireland, Spain deemed successful. LONDON, Aug 26- Greece is under growing pressure to take care of banks' problem loans so they are free to lend again, but the depth and complexity of its crisis will make it tough to replicate the comprehensive "bad bank" models set up in Ireland and...

  • BERLIN, Aug 26- Germany's export exposure to China, for years a source of economic strength, is fast turning into a risk that raises questions about the health of other sources of growth in Europe's largest economy. For years, its EU peers tried- and failed- to match Germany's export prowess in China, where German companies profited from the infrastructure and...