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  • BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, reported slightly better 2007 results than expected on Thursday and named a new head of sales and marketing as its aims to boost sales at all three brands this year.

  • European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said disorderly swings in currencies were undesirable, according to an interview with a French magazine published on Thursday.

  • It is the ECB's mandate, credo and conviction that only an inflation-free (inflation-free in ECB speak is a rise in consumer prices of no more than 2 percent) economy is a healthy economy and that price stability is the best guarantor for economic growth and prowess.

  • German investor morale unexpectedly improved in March, chiming with other recent reports showing Europe's largest economy has made a solid start to the year despite weaker global growth and a strong euro.

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    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday that the bank is currently concerned about excessive movements in currency exchange rates which are undesirable for economic growth.

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    The European Commission warned France and Germany not to introduce "golden shares" at aerospace group EADS, highlighting  concerns about how much control state-backed investors should have over companies whose products are crucial for national security.

  • Central bankers from the world's industrialised and developing regions voiced concern on Friday over surging food and energy prices, their latest big challenge as globalisation unsettles the balance of supply and demand.

  • The European Central Bank's surplus fell to 286 million euros ($439 million) last year from 1.37 billion euros in 2006, because of the euro's strength, the bank said on Thursday.

  • The European Central Bank and the Bank of England are likely to keep interest rates unchanged at their meetings on Thursday but monetary policy easing is on the cards for later, analysts and dealers expect.

  • Adidas's fourth-quarter net income rose sharply but was below analysts' expectations after sales at its Reebok brand fell and North America remained weak.

  • You might have seen the headlines. You might have seen curious press pics and television news clips with German top managers, such a Klaus Zuminkel, the (since pushed into resigning) CEO of Deutsche Post, led in handcuffs from their homes, a battalion of tax investigators bearing boxes of documents trailing triumphantly.

  • ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Quarterly euro zone economic growth almost halved in the last three months of 2007 and prices at factory gates jumped in January, data showed, highlighting the diverging growth and inflation trends faced by the ECB.

  • German sports car maker Porsche will increase its 31 percent voting stake in Volkswagen to a majority but does not intend to merge the two carmakers, Porsche said on Monday.

  • Euro zone inflation remained at a record high in February, the European Union's statistics office estimated on Monday, ahead of the European Central Bank's rate meeting and new growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday.

  • German carmaker Volkswagen said on Monday it would raise its stake in Swedish truckmaker Scania to 68.6 percent, a move that may lead to a merger of Scania and German truckmaker MAN.

  • German drugs and chemicals group Bayer missed fourth-quarter earnings expectations Thursday, sending shares 4.7 percent lower on the DAX, but CEO Werner Wenning told CNBC he remains optimistic about the company’s outlook for this year.

  • The head of German utility giant E.ON has told Chancellor Angela Merkel the company is in talks to sell its power grid, a German government spokesman said on Thursday.

  • Bayer's quarterly profits missed market expectations, but the German drugs and chemicals group was upbeat about 2008 and said its healthcare and agrochemicals units would drive earnings.

  • Market expectations that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates fail to consider the dangers of higher inflation, ECB Governing Council member Axel Weber said on Wednesday.

  • Vaduz Castle in Liechtenstein

    Authorities worldwide were looking today to see if their citizens were dodging tax through Liechtenstein as attention in Germany, where the scandal started, turned to Monaco.