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  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 10 Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by Central Exchange- 1715 GMT. KRONBERG, Germany- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann speaks at the spring meeting of the Market Economy Foundation in Kronberg on "Principles of the market economy in a currency union"- 1730 GMT.

  • *Investing online, to launch in Spain, Italy and China. STOCKHOLM, March 27- A drive to increase wages for Asian clothing workers is likely to hit profit margins at world No.2 fashion retailer Hennes& Mauritz as weak consumer demand and stiff competition make it hard to pass on the cost to shoppers, it said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, March 27- Spanish, Italian and Portuguese bond yields hit new historical lows on Thursday, with speculation about further European Central Bank monetary policy easing prompting investors to seek higher returns in lower-rated assets.

  • STOCKHOLM, March 27- Hennes& Mauritz, the world's No.2 fashion retailer, missed first-quarter profit forecasts as it invested to catch up with rivals online in an increasingly competitive budget clothing market.

  • LONDON, March 25- European banks such as Societe Generale, Credit Agricole and Unicredit will likely have to pay investors a higher return to buy the risky bonds that banks use to strengthen their balance sheets after the crisis in Ukraine forces a rethink about the potential dangers from such investments.

  • STOCKHOLM, March 24- Swedish prosecutors are investigating the daughter of Uzbekistan's president on suspicion of taking bribes to let Nordic telecoms company TeliaSonera enter the country's market, they said on Monday.

  • *Hit to Nokia income seen from patent concessions. HELSINKI, March 24- Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, it said on Monday, fuelling speculation it may have to make technology patent concessions to get the deal done.

  • *Analysts fear concessions affecting Nokia's patent income. HELSINKI, March 24- Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, it said on Monday, fuelling speculation it may have to make more concessions to get the deal done.

  • STOCKHOLM, March 23- Such is the weight of Christer Gardell's voice in Europe that Volvo's share price jumped 4 percent one day in January when a Swedish business daily ran a front-page story on the activist investor calling on the truckmaker to "start delivering".

  • STOCKHOLM, March 21- With cost cutting boosting profits last year, Swedish car firm Volvo is looking forward to all its main markets growing in 2014, especially in Chinese owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's home market, it said on Friday.

  • *Energy firms urged to do more to limit water use. *Water under strain from rising population, climate change. OSLO, March 21- Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.

  • German yields hit two-week high in broad Fed-led selloff Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    LONDON, March 20- German yields hit a two-week peak on Thursday, leading most euro zone bond yields up in a broad sell-off after the U.S.

  • *Yellen signals rate hikes might come sooner than expected. LONDON, March 20- Top-rated euro zone debt underperformed peripheral bonds on Thursday in a broad sell-off triggered by the U.S.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 1 Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry- 0715 GMT. BERKS, United Kingdom- Bank Of England Monetary Policy Committee member speaks at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. ZURICH- Swiss National Bank holds Monetary policy assessment- 0830 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 30 Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit Miami and Florida to highlight the importance of investing in workforce skills and job training to promote lasting economic opportunity, including for the middle class. LONDON- British Finance Minister George Osborne unveils 2014 budget. FRANKFURT- ECB governing council and general council meeting.

  • *Say 200 SEK/ share bid does not reflect full value of Scania. STOCKHOLM/ BERLIN, March 18- Scania's minority shareholders should reject Volkswagen's 6.7 billion euro bid, the Swedish truckmaker's independent directors said, underlining a rift between its German main owner and remaining Swedish investors.

  • *Services, aftermarket accounted for 45 pct of 2013 sales. GOTHENBURG, Sweden, March 18- SKF, the world's biggest bearings maker, believes its services business which includes monitoring and maintaining equipment can tap customers' focus on cost savings and productivity improvements to help drive its profit margins to record highs.

  • *Say does not reflect full value of Scania. *VW offered 200 SEK per share; Scania ended Monday at 195.9. STOCKHOLM, March 18- Scania's minority shareholders should reject Volkswagen's 6.7 billion euro bid, the Swedish truckmaker's independent directors said, underlining a deep rift within the company.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to March 30 Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray and Bank of Mexico Governor Agustin Carstens. *BRUSSELS- ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to appear before European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels- 1000 GMT.

  • STOCKHOLM, March 17- To glimpse Swedish angst under its picture postcard prosperity, look no further than film director Lisa Ohlin, who has enjoyed years of tax cuts in an economy the envy of Europe. But this leafy, well-heeled area is a microcosm of Sweden, where eyes are on a struggling school with strained finances, not enough teachers and poor results.

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