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  • Swiss April Unemployment Drops 0.1% Monday, 7 May 2007 | 4:53 AM ET

    The Swiss unemployment rate fell to 2.9% in April, from 3.0% in March, Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) said.

  • Converium Urges Scor Shareholders to Block Bid Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 4:46 AM ET

    Converium Holdings has issued an appeal to Scor shareholders urging them to vote against the French insurer's capital increase at its AGM on Apr 26, thereby blocking the takeover bid for Converium.

  • Roche First-Quarter Sales up 16%, Raises Outlook Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 2:25 AM ET

    Fast-selling cancer drugs boosted first-quarter sales at Roche Holding by 16% to 11.4 billion Swiss francs ($9.41 billion), the Swiss drugmaker said, raising its outlook for the full year.

  • Converium Urges Rejection of Takeover Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 7:04 AM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding on Friday urged shareholders to reject a $800 million hostile takeover from French rival SCOR.

  • Apollo to Buy Xstrata Aluminum Unit for $1.15 Billion Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 4:00 AM ET

    Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata said on Wednesday it was selling its aluminum business to private equity firm Apollo Management for $1.15 billion cash.

  • Here are some of Tuesday’s big movers on European stock markets

  • Fastweb Board: Swisscom's Bid Is Fair Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 1:44 PM ET

    Italy's second-largest telecom company Fastweb said Monday its board considers a 47 euros ($62.35) per share offer by Switzerland's largest telephone company Swisscom as fair and considers it a good development opportunity.

  • Swiss National Bank Raises Rates Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

    The Swiss National Bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points on Thursday and said more tightening was probably needed to secure price stability in the long term as the weak franc could push up inflation.

  • European Stocks to Watch Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 11:23 AM ET

    Here some of Tuesday's big movers on European stock markets: Cadbury Schweppes, Altana, Altadis, Alliance Boots, SABMiller, Lagardere and Swisscom.

  • European Stocks to Watch Monday, 12 Mar 2007 | 11:53 AM ET

    Here some of Monday's big movers on European stock markets: Akzo Nobel, Alliance Boots, ICI,Swisscom and DSG International.

  • Swisscom, the former state telecommunications monopoly, said Monday it offered to buy Fastweb, Italy's second-largest fixed-line phone company, for 3.7 billion euros ($4.9 billion) to expand into the Mediterranean nation.

  • Converium in Talks with White Knight Bidders Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 3:13 AM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium is looking for rival bidders to fend off Scor's hostile takeover attempt but has not yet received any firm offers, the company said on Friday.

  • Richemont and Ralph Lauren Form Joint Venture Monday, 5 Mar 2007 | 3:45 AM ET

    Swiss luxury goods group Richemont said it would set up a joint venture with Polo Ralph Lauren to distribute watches and jewellery through shops of the U.S. company.

  • Converium Seeks Support to Duck Takeover Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding  sought shareholder support Wednesday to fend off a takeover bid by French competitor Scor, promising higher future profits and a share buyback should the company remain independent.