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  • European Stocks Head for Another Shaky Ride Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 1:31 PM ET

    Deepening concern over the state of the U.S. economy and its impact on Europe will lead to further uncertainty in European stock markets next week, as investors look to interest-rate decisions from major central banks for reassurance.

  • German Manufacturing Orders Drop on Weak Demand Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 9:57 AM ET

    German manufacturing orders dropped 0.5 percent in February from the previous month due to weaker foreign demand, the government said Friday. The decline comes as the euro hovers near an all-time high against the U.S. dollar.

  • Euro Zone Retail Sales Fall, Spark Economy Worries Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    Euro zone retail sales turned out much weaker than expected in February, contracting on the back of falls in Germany and Spain and reinforcing concerns about the outlook for economic growth.

  • Euro-Zone Services Activity Slowed in March Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 5:40 AM ET

    Euro zone services growth slowed further last month as the credit crunch tightened its grip, while price pressures hit a 9-month high, according to final data from a survey of businesses published on Thursday.

  • ECB Allots $39 Billion in First 6-Month Tender Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 8:07 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's first-ever auction of six-month funds on Wednesday saw banks bidding more than four times the 25 billion euros on offer as they sought cash they struggle to raise on financial markets.

  • UK's First Direct Withdraws New Mortgages Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 7:46 AM ET

    British bank First Direct has withdrawn mortgages for new customers to clear a backlog after people flocked to its relatively cheap rates as other lenders raised rates due to the credit crunch.

  • Recession on its way for Europe? Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 7:45 AM ET

    The $19 billlion writedown at UBS has cheered some investors who think that the worst of the credit crunch is now over. But the European Central Bank still faces the prospect of falling growth and rising prices.

  • Euro Zone PMIs Show Biggest Country Split in 7 Years Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 5:23 AM ET

    Euro zone manufacturing activity cooled in March, but there was the biggest growth split among leading economies in seven years, while price pressures spiralled higher, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Euro Zone Inflation at New Record, Sentiment Eases Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | 6:40 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation jumped to new record highs in March while economic sentiment eased for the 10th month in a row, data showed on Monday, deepening the European Central Bank's interest rate dilemma.

  • Europe's First Quarter by the Numbers Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 4:33 PM ET

    A look at the data and happenings that shaped the first quarter for European businesses and markets.

  • Rebound in Europe? Don't Hold Your Breath Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    After a dismal first quarter, investors look forward to what the spring has in store; but apart from a new gold rush and the euro rising further, there seems to be little to anticipate.

  • Credit Crunching the Real Economy Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 4:26 PM ET

    Signs that the credit crunch is affecting the real economy in Europe continued to appear in the first quarter of 2008, as the real-estate and retail sectors and mergers and acquisitions all struggled with tighter lending criteria, inflation and dwindling investment.

  • European Central Banks Act to Boost Liquidity Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 11:28 AM ET

    The central banks of Britain and Switzerland added extra funds to ease pressure on high interbank lending rates on Thursday, while the European Central Bank said it was ready to step in with extra cash.

  • Sarkozy, Brown Call For Market Transparency Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Thursday for banks to declare the full extent of the damage to their operations caused by the credit crunch.

  • Sarkozy Wants Brown's Help to Stop Dollar Fall Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 4:50 AM ET

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy will ask British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for help in getting Washington to prop up the ailing dollar, but Britain has usually shunned managing exchange rates.

  • No End in Sight for Credit Crunch: Central Banks Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 9:28 AM ET

    Top central bankers warned on Wednesday there was no end in sight yet to the global credit crunch as German banking giant Deutsche said the crisis threatened its profit target for this year.

  • Credit Crunch Makes Rate Cut More Likely: BoE's King Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    Tighter lending conditions have made the Bank of England more inclined to cut interest rates as the global credit crunch enters a new and difficult phase, Mervyn King, the central bank's governor, said on Wednesday.

  • EU Concerned Over Euro Rise, Keeps 2008 Growth View Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 6:44 AM ET

    The European Commission expressed concern on Wednesday about the euro's rise, saying it added to the strengthening headwinds facing euro zone growth, but stuck to its 1.8 percent forecast for 2008 economic growth.

  • ECB's Papademos: Monitoring FX Markets Very Closely Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is watching currency markets very closely, Vice President Lucas Papademos said in comments released on Tuesday.

  • Brown, Sarkozy to Urge Banks to Disclose Writeoffs Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 12:05 PM ET
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will urge banks this week to make "full and immediate disclosure" of write-offs due to the global credit crisis, British officials said on Monday.

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