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  • NICOSIA, Cyprus— The European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold Thursday and will at a press conference later face questions on the details of its 1.1 trillion euro bond-buying stimulus program. The central bank for the 19 euro countries held its benchmark interest rate at 0.05 percent at a meeting in Nicosia, the capital of eurozone member Cyprus.

  • *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.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Oil prices fell on Wednesday after U.S. crude stock builds were more than twice levels forecast, although prices held off recent lows after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected prices to recover soon from the selloff of recent months. "It's another bearish data point in an already bearish fundamental environment," said Dominick...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales. LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil extended losses to fall below $60 a barrel on Wednesday after a much larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude stocks, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and prices to recover. April Brent fell $1.46 to $59.56 by 1538 GMT, dropping below...

  • Vienna again tops survey of world's nicest cities Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    VIENNA, March 4- Vienna, Austria's elegant capital on the Danube river, has again been commended as offering the best quality of life of any city in the world; Baghdad, once more, was deemed the worst to live in. Zurich, Munich, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt remained in the top 10.. New Zealand, Australia and Canada each have a city in the top 10..

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil slipped towards $60 a barrel on Wednesday as a stronger dollar pressured commodity prices, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and for prices to recover. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected supply and demand would soon match and oil prices, which hit a near six-year low of $45 in...

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the oil market to balance itself. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he hoped and expected the oil market to balance and prices, which hit a nearly six-year low around $45 in January, to stabilize, adding to signs OPEC's largest exporter is...

  • 5 stunners from the Geneva car show Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:07 AM ET

    GENEVA— Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars. "There are an awful lot of fast cars and supercars on display this year," said Jim Holder, editor-in-chief of Autocar magazine.

  • *Venerable British firm under threat from nimbler rivals. LONDON, March 4- Shoppers usually blame dowdy clothes and tired stores for the painful decline of Britain's former retail powerhouse Marks& Spencer. "There's a killing to be made if they can serve older women better," said Patsy Perry, a lecturer in fashion marketing at the University of Manchester.

  • LONDON, March 4- The European Union's second-highest court has ruled the European Central Bank was wrong to insist that euro clearing houses should be based in the single currency area, a policy Britain had challenged. Britain, which is a member of the EU but not the euro zone, had challenged the ECB's policy, saying it went against the EU's single market.

  • Honey, we shrank the SUV _ and Europe loves it Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:18 AM ET

    The key in Europe has turned out to be putting the vehicles on platforms originally built for compact or small mid-sized cars. Compact SUVs have gained in popularity globally, but they're really getting attention now in Europe. The recently lower price of gasoline will not hurt, although gas remains painfully expensive in Europe compared with the United...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 17 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2015 Economic Breakfast- 1400 GMT. KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., March 3- Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday. South Carolina State Representative Chip Limehouse, a Republican from Charleston, said officials in North Charleston, South Carolina, told him the German automaker...