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  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. NEW YORK/ TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece- but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris,...

  • France's stake in Renault and influence over Nissan, which is 43.4 percent- owned by the French carmaker and where Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive, has long been a sensitive matter. Nissan holds a reciprocal 15 percent in Renault that is deprived of voting rights, another sore point in Tokyo, where Nissan is deemed to be under its alliance partner's...

  • *Airbus not ready to decide whether to upgrade the A380. *Airbus, Rolls-Royce may seek European loans for project. PARIS, April 24- Europe's Airbus pledged on Friday to boost sales of its A380 superjumbo, as the world's largest passenger jet prepares to celebrate a bitter-sweet 10- year anniversary in the skies having booked no new airline orders since 2013..

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. TOKYO, April 24- A small group of Japanese tech-addicts lined up in Tokyo to become the first consumers to buy the Apple Watch from selected stores on Friday, but there was no sign of the frenzy that usually accompanies Apple Inc product rollouts. They include The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los...

  • Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals - source Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    YEREVAN, April 24- Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday. France suspended the delivery of the warships last year after the European Union decided to impose sanctions on Russia over the...

  • PARIS, April 24- Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes- showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism." Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron spoke last month of "the determination and the ability of the state to use all weapons available to investors" to help...

  • Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple Watches are arriving Friday to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago. Those who haven't ordered one yet will likely face a wait. Maxfield in Los Angeles is carrying the watch, along with boutique and department stores in Paris, London, Tokyo and Berlin and authorized resellers in China and Japan.

  • Renault says 1st quarter sales up 13.7 percent Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    PARIS— France's Renault says its revenue rose 13.7 percent in the first quarter as Europe's recovering car market helped offset slumps in Russia and Brazil. Renault reported revenue of 9.39 billion euros for the January-March quarter thanks to demand in Europe, where sales of its Clio and Twingo compact cars and the Captur crossover helped lift new car...

  • PARIS, April 23- French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has written to Renault boss Carlos Ghosn to defend the government's surprise stake increase in the carmaker and reject claims it endangers the Renault-Nissan alliance. France's stake in Renault and influence over Nissan, which is 43.4 percent- owned by the French carmaker, has long been a sensitive...

  • Study: Self-driving 'taxibots' could replace 9 in 10 cars Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    BERLIN— Transportation experts say car-congested cities could become a thing of the past, provided people are prepared to ride-share with a robot driver. A study published Thursday by the Paris- based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests that widespread use of "taxibots" could cut by 90 percent the number of cars needed to perform...

  • PARIS— Rising Asian sales and a strong U.S. dollar have helped return Pernod Ricard to growth, after a slack period the French spirits maker says it expects will come to a gradual end. The maker of Absolut vodka and Jameson Irish whiskey posted sales of 1.9 billion euros for the January through March period, with a total so far for the year of 6.5 billion euros, up 2...

  • *IBM says one of its largest partnerships with auto sector. FRANKFURT, April 22- PSA Peugeot Citroen and IBM are working together to hook cars up to the Internet, going beyond mapping and infotainment to link vehicles up to shops, service networks and urban transport grids, the companies said on Wednesday. It could also link vehicles to retailers, an IBM executive...

  • Robert Menendez told a judge Wednesday he is considering filing a motion to have the upcoming corruption trial moved out of New Jersey and possibly to Florida, where the investigation into Menendez's relationship with a longtime friend and campaign donor began. Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, named in a 22- count indictment earlier...

  • But Reuters polls of more than 250 economists across Europe and North America show only modest upgrades to growth forecasts and a reluctance to relinquish a depressed inflation view, despite the rush of rate cuts and central bank cash that most respondents believe is far from over. Germany's DAX index has rallied more than 20 percent since the start of the year...

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, with a series of weak company earnings reports reversing a rally seen earlier in the week and halting the positive momentum overnight that lifted some of Asia's biggest markets to multi-year highs. Europe's FTSE EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— From a Budapest hilltop overlooking a panorama of central Europe, Jean-Paul Apetey reflects on how far he's come, how improbable and unexpected his journey has been— and yet how many miles he still must go. He has piloted a migrant-packed boat from Turkey to Greece even though he'd never been at sea; lost his belongings evading police during a...

  • Transport chaos as public sector strike hits Brussels Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:22 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Much of the transport in Europe's capital, Brussels, came to a halt Wednesday as public sector workers held a one-day strike over Belgian government austerity measures. The big Brussels Nord station was fully closed and the trains to Brussels from Paris and London were also severely affected, although those between London and Paris were running as...

  • COPENHAGEN, April 22- On Valentine's Day, two weeks after his release from prison, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein walked up to a Copenhagen cafe hosting a debate on freedom of speech and sprayed it with bullets. The country was further confounded when it emerged that prison officials had warned Denmark's domestic intelligence agency that Hussein was at risk of...

  • Peugeot Citroen ramps up production in Europe Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    PARIS— PSA Peugeot Citroen says it will raise production in Europe to meet growing demand in the region's recovering car market. Last year the carmaker, which is partly owned by China's state-owned Dongfeng Motor Corp, sold 2.9 million cars, including 1.76 million in Europe. The group makes 68 percent of its vehicles in Europe.

  • PARIS, April 21- Proxy advisory firms are threatening to block key financial resolutions at French aerospace group Safran, opening a second front in a battle between the French government and institutional investors over a new corporate law. Safran has been able to sidestep the row over "one share, one vote" at companies such as Renault because it already has a...