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  • FRANKFURT, Germany— German luxury automaker BMW saw net profit slip 1 percent in the second quarter amid higher launch costs for new vehicles and a tougher market in China, a major pillar of its profits. Munich- based BMW AG also said it sold a less profitable product mix containing more compact cars, which typically earn less per vehicle. BMW faces tough...

  • LONDON- Bank of England announces interest rate decision- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its August policy meeting- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to release inflation report- 1100 GMT.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 3- The battle for Europe will be won or lost in Germany. The aftermath of the euro zone's ugly all-night summit on the Greek debt crisis that ended on July 13 with a deal on stringent, intrusive terms for negotiating a third bailout has sent shockwaves across Europe, especially in Germany. "When you tour European countries, there aren't many that are...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford. It's also part of a broader...

  • *July PMI in China curbs risk sentiment. LONDON, Aug 3- Weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months on Monday, knocking the Canadian dollar, and sent Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial and Nazdaq markets all looked set to open little changed, shrugging off the troubles of Greece whose stock market...

  • LONDON, Aug 3- The Greek stock market slumped when it reopened on Monday after being shut down for five weeks, while weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months and Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. Surveys showed China's factory activity contracted by the most in two years, ensuring a three-month sell-off in commodity and...

  • *Germany risks becoming "sick man of Europe" again-expert. Elderly entrepreneurs unable or unwilling to pass the reins to the next generation could be putting in jeopardy the fate of some of the roughly 3.6 million firms that make up Germany's world-famous Mittelstand. The number of greying managers seeking to hand over their businesses has climbed to a record...

  • *Audi, BMW, Mercedes to buy Nokia's HERE. FRANKFURT/ HELSINKI, Aug 3- German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros to buy Nokia's maps business, a transformational deal that will help them to develop self-driving cars. Daimler BMW and Audi will each hold an equal stake in the business, known as HERE, keeping it from falling into the hands of a...

  • German automakers buying Nokia's HERE map business Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 1:48 AM ET

    BERLIN— A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.' s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros and secures their access to technology that could eventually be used for driverless cars. Nokia, based in Finland, has refocused its business on producing equipment for wireless networks...

  • FRANKFURT/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 31- BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook went to BMW's headquarters last year and senior Apple executives toured the carmaker's...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude looking set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut.

  • FRANKFURT, July 31- Deutsche Bank is freezing 2015 cash bonuses for current and former management board members while German regulator BaFin reviews the bank's role in an interest rate manipulation scandal, two people familiar with the matter said. Deutsche Bank has been hit with over 9 billion euros in fines and settlements in the past three years, including a...

  • *Oil weighed by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis, after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut. July's losses came on the back of a stock market tumble in top...

  • LONDON, July 31- Copper prices fell on Friday on persistent worries about demand in top consumer China, but losses were muted after weak U.S. data prompted a slide in the dollar. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.4 percent at $5,240 tonne at 1435 GMT, after sliding as much as 1 percent in the morning and then bouncing briefly into positive...

  • German justice minister casts doubt on treason probe Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's justice minister on Friday questioned a decision by prosecutors to open a treason investigation against two journalists, a move that prompted strong criticism from free speech activists. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said he told the chief federal prosecutor on Friday that he doubts the leaked documents cited in the website's reporting...

  • *OPEC oil production up 140,000 bpd in July- Reuters survey. LONDON, July 31- Oil prices steadied on Friday as a sharp fall in the dollar balanced evidence of growing oversupply, with core OPEC producers pumping near record levels. Brent crude oil was down 25 cents at $53.06 a barrel by 1350 GMT.

  • *Germany risks becoming "sick man of Europe" again-expert. Elderly entrepreneurs unable or unwilling to pass the reins to the next generation could be putting in jeopardy the fate of some of the roughly 3.6 million firms that make up Germany's world-famous Mittelstand. The number of graying managers seeking to hand over their businesses has climbed to a record...

  • LONDON/ CAIRO, July 31- Imports of food, including wheat, are dropping sharply to Libya, which has the highest per capita bread consumption in the world, as foreign shippers run scared of making direct deliveries due to worsening turmoil. The risks are now so high ship owners should contact their insurers before each trip, said Jonathan Moss, head of transport with...

  • LONDON, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after oil producers' cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. "All commodities are down," said Abhishek Deshpande, oil analyst at Natixis. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude headed for its fifth consecutive weekly fall after...