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  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be agreed in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by increasing...

  • LONDON/ PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- EE, Britain's largest mobile network operator, is braced for the increasing convergence of mobile and fixed-line services in the UK market next year and the pace of consolidation is likely to pick up, Gervais Pellissier, a lead director of EE, said on Thursday. EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, is a joint venture of Deutsche...

  • PARIS, Oct 23- The outgoing head of France's Thales sought to reassure investors that a new global focus at the aerospace and defense group was irreversible, as he unveiled his last quarterly figures containing a boost from developing economies. Thales, 26 percent owned by the French state and 25 percent by Dassault Aviation, also said on Thursday its sales fell 3...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • *Italy's Renzi says tax cuts will still go ahead. BRUSSELS, Oct 23- Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy. With the euro zone flirting with stagnation and...

  • Puma helps drive Kering's Q3 sales Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    PARIS— Kering, the company Saint Laurent couture and Puma streetwear, says revenue grew 3.3 percent in the third quarter even as its Gucci brand continued to see sales slump. Kering posted third-quarter revenue of 2.6 billion euros, led by its sports and lifestyle division of which Puma accounts for the vast majority. Gucci, whose couture and leather goods...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 23- Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy. With the euro zone flirting with stagnation and deflation, the leaders of the bloc's two biggest...

  • INSIGHT-Mario Draghi's German problem Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Berlin criticism of ECB course reaches new heights. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Oct 23- In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians. The Frenchman, one of ECB President Mario Draghi's closest allies in Frankfurt,...

  • France reclaims title: world's largest wine maker Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    PARIS— France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent. Italy, whose winemakers have out-produced France's for the last two years, will produce 44.4 million hectoliters of wine in 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the Paris- based International...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. Poland is ready to veto the plan...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...

  • *Safran says comfortable with profit target. PARIS, Oct 23- France's Safran posted solid third-quarter sales and said it would easily meet 2014 profit forecasts on Thursday, pushing its shares up as aerospace investors put aside recent concerns over the economy. Safran and GE are equal partners in CFM International, the world's largest maker of jet engines by...

  • Exporters fail on pledge to curb bribery - watchdog Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Transparency International says OECD convention largely ignored. BERLIN, Oct 23- Big exporting nations are breaking their pledge to fight corruption in global trade, with more than half of the countries that have signed an anti-bribery convention failing to implement it, a report by Transparency International showed on Thursday. The Berlin- based...

  • Pernod Ricard growth returns, despite China slump Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    PARIS— Pernod Ricard SA, maker of Absolut vodka and Martell cognac, has returned to growth after Asian, Middle Eastern and African markets stemmed a monthslong slide, but sales in China continued to decline steeply. Sales dropped 9 percent in China, the biggest of the Asian markets. Europe, where a weak economy weighs heavily, saw sales decline 1 percent.

  • Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    *U.S. has challenged Japan coal-fired plant exports- source. *Japan pushing to triple infrastructure exports by 2020. Japan has been exporting equipment that cuts carbon dioxide output by burning coal more efficiently, but that does not go as far as more expensive technology designed to capture around 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions that is slowly being...

  • EU leaders seek climate deal, but are divided over costs Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 23- European leaders aim to agree a new decade of energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions out to 2030 at an EU summit on Thursday, though sharp differences over sharing the cost means a deal could elude them. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year...

  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face a long day on Thursday as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at a summit in Brussels, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but Portugal...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    LONDON- European shares slip and the euro hit a one-week low as reports that at least 11 banks could fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend offset hopes of corporate bond buying by the ECB. MADRID/ VIENNA- The European Central Bank cautions against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report says at least 11 banks have...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Oct 22- The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Addressing the chamber before his European Commission was approved by 423 votes to 209, the former Luxembourg premier warned that voters were losing patience with EU...