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  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 20 Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual Economic Policy Conference- 1825 GMT. TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Founding Director's Lecture Series at Rice University's...

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union on Friday submitted its formal promise on how much it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November and called on the United States and China to follow its lead. The European Union is the first major economy to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at...

  • LOS ANGELES— If you haven't seen one of Peter Max's paintings or drawings today, chances are you haven't opened your eyes yet. When he's not doing that, this exuberant, seemingly tireless 77- year-old child of the' 60 s keeps busy in his New York studio, cranking out more wildly colorful paintings in a style merging the realism of Norman Rockwell with the pop-art...

  • *Paris to host U.N. climate talks starting in November. BRUSSELS, March 6- EU ministers agreed on Friday to send their formal promise on how much they will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November. The European Union is the first bloc to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at seeking a new...

  • *Greece sends expanded list of fiscal reforms to euro zone. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, March 6- Greece sent its euro zone partners an augmented list of proposed reforms on Friday but EU officials said several more steps were required before any release of aid funds to a country that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says has a noose around its neck. Struggling to scrape...

  • BERLIN, March 6- Volkswagen will probably stop making two-door versions of the Polo hatchback, one of the German brand's top models, as Europe's largest carmaker accelerates cost cutting at its core division, company sources said. The Polo, which VW has been building for four decades, was Europe's fourth best-selling vehicle last year, only trailing the VW Golf,...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers next week is very important for financially stricken Greece, the country's central bank governor said Friday. The meeting, known as the eurogroup, is to be held in Brussels on Monday to discuss how much progress Greece has made since it sent the ministers a list of reforms late last month to win a...

  • BERLIN— Germany's Parliament on Friday approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe's biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year. "A real quota for women must apply to all companies," said Caren Lay, a lawmaker with the opposition Left Party. Germany's biggest companies, the 30 listed...

  • *Bundesbank chief: failure to fine Paris a "political bazaar". *Berlin, Brussels fear bolstering Hollande's anti-EU rivals. BRUSSELS, March 6- France, Germany and the European Commission believe leaving Paris unpunished for persistently failing to curb its budget deficit was a wise compromise that bolsters the euro.

  • BERLIN— German industrial production rose by 0.6 percent in January, a fifth consecutive monthly increase that was propelled by a surge in construction activity. The Federal Statistical Office's report Friday compared with economists' forecast of a 0.5 percent month-on-month rise. The German economy, Europe's biggest, is in robust shape with domestic...

  • NICOSIA/ FRANKFURT, March 5- The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next. President Mario Draghi said the first bond purchases with new money would take place on March 9. The euro zone's central bank has said it will buy 60 billion euros a month until Sept. 2016 or...

  • European Central Bank: Recovery is strengthening Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:32 AM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— The European Central Bank will unleash its 1.1 trillion euro stimulus program on Monday— and says the prospect is already boosting the eurozone economy. Mario Draghi, the bank's president, said consumers and businesses in the 19 euro countries are benefiting not only from cheaper energy prices but also from optimism over the coming stimulus.

  • *North America a top priority in 2015. BERLIN, March 5- German sportswear company Adidas expects robust sales and profit growth in 2015 as consumer confidence improves around the world and it redoubles its efforts in North America, where it has fallen further behind fierce rival Nike. Adidas managed to slow its decline in North America in the fourth quarter, with...

  • BERLIN, March 5- Emirates has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president said on Thursday. Its first 90 A380 aircraft are supplied with engines from Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt& Whitney.

  • *ECB will likely avoid big decision on Greece. NICOSIA/ FRANKFURT, March 5- Keen to keep a low profile over the Greek crisis, the European Central Bank will focus on improved growth prospects on Thursday and unveil some but not all the details of its 1 trillion euros- plus bond buying plan. The ECB, meeting in Cyprus, will keep rates on hold and probably lift growth...

  • BERLIN— German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries. Germany's factory orders data can be volatile. Economist Andreas Rees at UniCredit said that, despite January's orders setback, "there is no reason to worry."

  • BERLIN, March 5- Europe's largest dedicated online fashion retailer Zalando said on Thursday it plans to hire new employees on a large scale as it expands its fashion platform to support a target of 20-25 percent growth in 2015.. Zalando, which listed in Frankfurt last year, rushed out preliminary 2014 results last month after they beat analyst expectations,...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 18 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed& Farewell, El Paso" before a community forum hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch- 0000 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10th Annual Global Macroeconomics Conference- 0130...

  • *Iran reiterates opposition to nuclear deal with timelines. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rose on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran stressed that it opposed a timeline for a freeze on nuclear activities, news that helped crude rebound from an early slide tied to swelling U.S. stockpiles. U.S. crude settled up $1.01 at $51.53 a barrel,...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rebounded on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran reinforced its opposition to a nuclear deal with timelines, helping the market recover from an earlier price slide tied to big U.S. crude supplies. Brent was down 57 cents at $60.45 a barrel at 2:41 p.m. EST, off the day's low of $59.47.