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  • *Mood swing from austerity seen helping France's case. PARIS, Sept 30- From Athens to Madrid and Dublin to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.

  • *Monthly headline rate down to 0.3 percent year-on-year. BRUSSELS, Sept 30- Euro zone inflation slowed further in September on falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate showed on Tuesday, sending the euro lower against the dollar on expectations of further European Central Bank policy easing.

  • *Share markets mixed amid uncertainty over Hong Kong, quarter end. *HSBC manufacturing survey disappoints, but exports improve. LONDON, Sept 30- World markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar eased off the throttle after its biggest quarterly gain in six years.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 13 Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles speaks at London School of Economics and Political Science- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger speaks at the annual supervisory conference in Vienna on the topic: "National supervision within a European system- getting the balance right"- 0745 GMT.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The woman likely to become the EU's new trade chief sought to reassure lawmakers on Monday that U.S. companies will not be able to challenge Europe's safety and environmental rules if Brussels and Washington agree the world's biggest trade deal.

  • Fiat CEO endorses Italy PM Renzi's reform efforts Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept 26- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Thursday Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must ignore critics and push ahead with plans to reform the country's economy.

  • AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept 26- Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said on Friday that the automaker's Windsor, Ontario minivan plant will be shut for 12 weeks of upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 ahead of its production of the company's next-generation minivan.

  • European stocks hit by news of Gross departure Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    *Allianz tumbles 6 pct as Gross leaves Pimco. PARIS, Sept 26- European shares trimmed gains in afternoon trade as shares of German insurer Allianz plunged on news that fund manager Bill Gross was leaving Allianz's asset-management unit Pimco.

  • PARIS, Sept 26- European stocks rose on Friday, shrugging off declines on Wall Street, with euro zone banks leading the gains on expectations they will be the big winners in the European Central Bank's drive to stave off deflation. Spain's Banco Santander rose 0.8 percent, Italy's Intesa SanPaolo gained 1.6 percent and BNP Paribas added 1 percent.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 8 Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England holds quarterly Financial Policy Committee meeting. Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual meeting in Chicago- 1615 GMT.

  • *Telecom Italia board to examine Fintech's proposal Friday. MILAN/ BUENOS AIRES, Sept 25- Investment company Fintech has asked Telecom Italia to further extend an agreement to buy the Italian group's controlling stake in Telecom Argentina, Telecom Italia said on Thursday, in a last-minute attempt to ensure the sale does not fall apart.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 25- It has been billed as a make or break moment for Europe's banks: the publication of rigorous industry-wide health checks next month after three previous tests failed to spot problem lenders.

  • Tory Burch names Farah as co-CEO Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    Burch's namesake company, Tory Burch LLC, said Thursday that Farah's experience with international brands will help with its ongoing global expansion efforts. Farah's prior experience includes stints as chairman and CEO at Venator Group, Federated Merchandising Services and Rich's Department Stores.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Oct 9 Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    VILNIUS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will visit Lithuania to attend a high-level Euro Conference Lithuania "Single Market, Single Currency, Common Future," organized by the Bank of Lithuania in partnership with the ECB, European Commission and the Republic of Lithuania Ministry of Finance- 0700 GMT.

  • *FTSE MIB outperforms after Italy consumer confidence rises. LONDON, Sept 24- The Milan stock exchange outperformed a broad rally on European equity markets on Wednesday after data showed that Italian consumer confidence had risen for the first time in four months.

  • Milan outperforms sluggish European equity markets Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 24- The Milan stock exchange rose to outperform sluggish European equity markets on Wednesday after data showed that Italian consumer confidence had risen for the first time in four months.

  • MILAN/ LUANDA, Sept 22- Angola's liquefied natural gas plant faces major reconstruction to fix design flaws and corrosion of nearly-new equipment, threatening to extend a lengthy closure and pushing unofficial estimates of the project's cost to at least $12 billion.

  • European markets close: German M&A     Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Germany Merck's deal to buy Sigma-Aldrich, and why mining stocks across Europe are down.

  • Maestro Muti skipping strike-plagued Rome theater Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    ROME— Riccardo Muti won't be picking up the baton to conduct at Rome's strike-plagued Teatro dell'Opera. Muti had been set to conduct Verdi's "Aida," starting Nov. 27, and Mozart' s "Le Nozze di Figaro," in spring 2015. Past performances conducted by Muti sold out, boosting both the theater's prestige and coffers in a country where opera is dominated by Milan's La Scala.

  • The world agrees: Governments are corrupt Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    In a world riven by differences, there's still plenty of common ground when it comes to public attitudes about major institutions.