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  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • Argentina's capital is world capital of bookstores Friday, 1 May 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    From hole-in-the-wall joints with used copies of works by Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to elegant buildings with the latest children's books in several languages, Buenos Aires is filled with locales that pay homage to print. With a population of 2.8 million people within the city limits, there are 25 bookstores for every...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage...

  • Spain, Egypt to study Cairo-Luxor bullet train link Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:29 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain and Egypt have agreed to study the feasibility of a bullet-train link between the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the ancient southern city of Luxor. The agreement was signed Thursday by the countries' economy ministers during a one-day visit to Spain by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Spain's Economy Ministry said.

  • FAA had questioned mental health of Germanwings pilot Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    The records, posted online by the FAA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, show that Andreas Lubitz had applied for a U.S. pilot license while he was employed by Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, and was training to be an airline pilot at a flight school in Phoenix in 2010. As part of the application, he initially submitted a medical form to...

  • MADRID— Spain's National Statistics Institute says the economy grew by 0.9 percent in the first quarter compared to the previous three-month period, its strongest rate since before the economic crisis began in 2007.. It was Spain's seventh consecutive quarterly growth figure. The ruling conservative Popular Party hopes the recovery can stem its plunging...

  • FAA had questioned mental health of Germanwings pilot Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    The records, posted online by the FAA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, show Andreas Lubitz applied for a U.S. pilot license while he was employed by Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, and was training to be an airline pilot at a flight school in Phoenix in 2010. As part of the application, he initially submitted a medical form to the FAA...

  • April 29- General Motors Co said it is likely it will cease vehicle production in Venezuela in July as the automaker joins other U.S. corporations in taking action to shield their profits from the South American country's volatile currency. GM has one plant in Venezuela, in Valencia, where it builds the Chevrolet Aveo and Cruze cars, the Orlando crossover vehicle...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 12 Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation Deputy Director Mark van der Weide testifies on insurance regulation before the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance- 1400 GMT. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets speaks on "What to Expect from the Next U.S.- China...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— The Venezuelan unit of General Motors is firing 13 percent of its workforce as a shortage of dollars idle assembly lines across the oil-rich South American country. Autoworker union representatives said Tuesday that an arbitration panel had given GM permission to lay off 446 employees at its factory in the coastal city of Valencia.

  • LG's new G4 phones will have leather backs Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    LG's mobile chief, Juno Cho, said a wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain, last month confirmed LG's belief that smartphones have become clones of one another. "I was almost shocked," Cho told The Associated Press. Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market, with LG Electronics Inc. and other companies vying for third place with market shares of less than 5...

  • MADRID— A Spanish investigative magistrate has opened a probe into possible money laundering at Banco de Madrid SA, a unit of Andorra's Banca Privada d' Andorra accused by the U.S. of helping groups from China, Russia and Venezuela launder money. The National Court said Tuesday that Judge Fernando Andreu had opened an investigation into the bank and its seven...

  • *Longer-term outlook for Spain's economy unclear. MADRID, April 28- At Diego Manrique's second-hand car dealership on the outskirts of Madrid, business is picking up. This recovery in consumer confidence is underpinning official forecasts for a rise in Spain's growth to 2.9 percent this year from last September's 2 percent.

  • Google to extend branch to news publishers Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:40 PM ET
    The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results in favour of its Google Shopping service and also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system

    Google is considering changes to its news service to aid publishers who have been struggling to make money, reports The Financial Times.

  • European markets close: Greek exit near?   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 11:27 AM ET
    European markets close: Greek exit near?

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the exit of Greece from the eurozone and European banks.

  • MADRID— Spain's prime minister says the country's economy is on track to grow 2.9 percent this year and expand an additional 2.9 percent in 2016.. Mariano Rajoy gave the upbeat assessment a month before his party is expected to face a tough challenge in nationwide regional and local elections from the main opposition Socialist Party and two new parties...

  • MADRID— Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil spill rising up from a sunken fishing trawler off the Canary Islands after spotting a five-kilometer slick. The group said one of its planes had detected "thick oil" covering the ocean just above where the Russian fishing boat Oleg Naydenov sank on April 14, about...

  • *Spain seeks influential post to gain influence in EU. RIGA, April 25- Spain will make a bid to EU leaders in the coming weeks to take over as chair of euro zone finance ministers' meetings, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Saturday, seeking a post that shapes key policies in the single currency bloc. The post, long sought by Madrid to balance what Spain...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • European markets close: Euro banks doing well   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:27 AM ET
    European markets close: Euro banks doing well

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Electrolux and European banks.