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The Swiss National Bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points on Thursday as inflation risks from the booming economy persisted but said it aimed to calm conditions on the money market, roiled by the global credit crisis.
Risks to global expansion have recently increased due to tensions in the U.S. subprime mortgage market and there are fears of growing spillovers to other segments, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday, but uncertainty about the strength of the global economy still lingered and a series of political surprises caught investors off guard.
The European Central Bank lent commercial banks 75 billion euros ($104 billion) in three-month funds Wednesday, 25 billion euros more than in a previous operation last month, the bank said on its Web site.
The U.S. economy will slow next year amid continued trouble in the housing market, likely leading to lower interest rates, a senior International Monetary Fund official said Wednesday.
CNBC Europe's Dan Scott reports from the Frankfurt Motor Show and VW's plans to become the world's biggest carmaker.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Europe's financial system is sound despite the current market correction, but more needs to be done to improve future financial stability.
The U.S. subprime crisis had little impact on the top line of luxury automaker BMW, the company's CEO said Tuesday, but expectations of stricter emission standards are pushing the company to produce more environmentally-friendly cars.
Euro-zone interest rates have further to rise, European Central Bank Governing Council member Axel Weber said on Friday, although other policymakers stressed no move is imminent given uncertainty over the credit crunch.
The eurozone finance ministers' chairman said on Friday French President Nicolas Sarkozy was neither noble nor correct to claim some of the credit for the European Central Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold.
EU ministers and national experts are due to approve a genetically modified (GMO) sugar beet variety this month despite a long running dispute over the use of biotechnology.
Luxury automakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes reported healthy sales increases for August on Friday, with demand from Asia and the U.S. driving gains but with mixed results in their home markets.
The European Central Bank kept its key monetary policy rate flat at 4% on Thursday due to persistent turbulence in the financial markets because of fears of a spillover of the U.S. subprime crisis.
Another rise in euro-zone interest rates looked assured last month, but the turmoil in the credit markets has brought pressure on European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet to keep rates at 4%.
The Bank of England broke its silence on Wednesday over the current storm engulfing world financial markets and took steps to bring overnight interest rates down.
Euro zone growth next year could be weakened by the credit crisis triggered by high-risk U.S. mortgage debt, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday.
Germany has arrested three men it suspects of belonging to an Islamist terrorist group and planning attacks on Frankfurt international airport and a major U.S. military base, German officials said on Wednesday.
A sharp drop in investment and government spending more than halved quarterly euro zone growth for April to June, but this is unlikely to stop further ECB interest rate rises as analysts expect the economy to pick up.
Germany's Deutsche Bank said in a surprise trading update Tuesday that it has suffered some impact from recent credit market problems, but said it hasn't made unsecured loans to hedge funds and that its margin calls are being met.
German media group Bertelsmann, the purveyor of books, CDs and other entertainment, lost 51 million euros ($69.52 million) in the first half of 2006 after costs related to settling copyright claims that arose from its backing of file-sharing service Napster eroded its overall results, it said Tuesday.