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  • Akzo Nobel to Buy ICI for $16.2 Billion Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 11:20 AM ET

    Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel has agreed a deal to buy Britain's ICI for 8 billion pounds ($16.2 billion) to boost its position as the world's biggest industrial coatings maker.

  • Growth Spurt Can't Mask East-German Problems Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 6:05 AM ET

    Between the shelves of product catalogues on the wall of a spartan office in an eastern German lighting factory sits a framed quotation, in bold black lettering on silver paper, from Winston Churchill.

  • German pay-TV broadcaster Premiere said Monday that its long-serving chief executive, Georg Kofler, is stepping down.

  • New Suspicious Payments Uncovered at Siemens: Report Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 3:29 AM ET

    Internal investigators have uncovered more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of dubious payments at Siemens' telecoms and turbines divisions, far more than previously thought, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

  • German charter airline LTU said Saturday it reached a new wage agreement with its pilots, averting the threat of a strike.

  • ThyssenKrupp Third-Quarter Profit Soars 62% Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 3:27 AM ET

    Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp on Friday  reported a 62% increase in net profit in its fiscal third quarter as rising demand for steel lifted its sales.

  • German utility RWE said Thursday that its first-half net profit rose by 58% amid high power prices in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, and raised its full-year earnings forecast.

  • Commerzbank Second-Quarter Profit Doubles Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 2:38 AM ET

    Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank, said Thursday that its second-quarter profit doubled on gains from the sale of its asset management business Jupiter.

  • Deutsche Telekom said Thursday that its second-quarter net profit fell by 40% as it continued to lose customers from its fixed-line unit.

  • DaimlerChrysler Still has Excess Liquidity Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 6:42 AM ET

    DaimlerChrysler still believes it has excess liquidity on hand but has not yet decided what to do with it, a spokesman for the world's fifth-biggest carmaker said on Wednesday.

  • Adidas Second-Quarter Income Rises 27% Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 3:08 AM ET

    Adidas, Europe's biggest sports goods maker, said on Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose 27% despite nearly flat revenue because of lower brand Reebok sales and currency effects.

  • German airport operator Fraport said Tuesday second-quarter profit dipped nearly 6% largely because of rising costs and the lack of several one-off gains from last year.

  • St Gobain to Buy HeidelbergCement's Maxit Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 6:28 AM ET

    St Gobain, the world's biggest building materials group, said on Tuesday it would buy clay and mortar company Maxit Group from Germany's HeidelbergCement in a deal worth around $3 billion.

  • BMW Reports Jump in July Sales Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 6:28 AM ET

    BMW, the world's biggest producer of luxury automobiles, said Tuesday that sales rose in July, as well as in the January-July period, on continued demand for its BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands.

  • Bayer Second-Quarter Operating Profit Rises 30% Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 3:53 AM ET

    Bayer, which raised its profit guidance in June, posted a 30% rise in quarterly operating profit on Tuesday, driven by strong sales of its cancer and contraceptive drugs.

  • Munich Re Reports Rise in Second-Quarter Net Profit Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | 2:56 AM ET

    Germany's Munich Re on Monday reported a 2.2% increase in second-quarter net profit, beating expectations as a lower tax rate offset lower premiums, lower capital investment gains and higher claims.

  • BMW's Second-Quarter Profit Slips 4.3% Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 4:27 AM ET

    Luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit slipped 4.3 percent, hurt by a strong euro, rising materials costs and the costs of launching new models.

  • BASF Profit Climbs on Chemicals Demand Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 3:44 AM ET

    BASF, one of the world's biggest chemical companies, said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 11.3% as demand and higher prices for its products padded global sales.

  • Deutsche Bank Sidesteps Credit Crisis Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 3:18 AM ET

    Deutsche Bank sidestepped the crisis in U.S. sub-prime mortgage lending to deliver the best second-quarter profit in its history on the back of a strong performance from its trading arm.

  • Germany's Jobless Rate Higher in July Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 7:40 AM ET

    The ranks of the unemployed in Germany ticked nominally higher in July, rising to 8.9% from 8.8% in June, the government said Tuesday, as workers took an expected pause at the peak of the country's vacation season.