The Netherlands


  • ECB's Trichet Leaves Options Open on Rates Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 11:30 AM ET

    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday his remarks on August 2 were made before the current market turbulence, leaving the options open on whether the ECB will raise its key interest rate at a meeting next week.

  • Germany's LBBW Buys Stricken State Bank SachsenLB Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 1:12 AM ET

    German state-backed bank Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg agreed on Sunday to buy subprime victim and fellow lender SachsenLB, as pressure mounts for further mergers among German state banks.

  • European Stocks Close Up after Strong U.S. Data Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 12:17 PM ET

    European stocks finished the week in the green after stronger-than-expected U.S. durable goods orders and new home sales data on Friday pushed back fears of a spillover of the credit markets crisis to the wider economy.

  • ECB Keeps Options Open on Rate Hike - Sources Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:51 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is not set on raising rates in September, and its recent reference to its Aug. 2 policy statement was intended to keep options open, national central bank officials have told Reuters.

  • France Says September ECB Rate Rise Not Done Deal Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 8:43 AM ET

    France on Friday kept up the pressure on the European Central Bank to take account of global financial market turmoil and economic growth when setting interest rates, and said a September rate rise was not a done deal.

  • Euro Zone August Growth Dips, Confidence Hit Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 6:44 AM ET

    Euro zone private sector growth cooled in August as factory order growth hit its weakest since late 2005 and a credit squeeze in financial markets bruised service sector confidence, key data showed on Friday.

  • Industrial supplier Hagemeyer reiterated its full-year goal of improved profitability and a 9% return on invested capital for its PPS division, while announcing an interim dividend of 0.04 euros per share as it posted half-year results that showed increased sales and net profits that were in-line with analysts' expectations.

  • KKR Affiliate Posts Double-Digit Investment Return Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:49 AM ET

    KKR Private Equity Investors, the Amsterdam-listed affiliate of U.S. private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, said it made an investment return of 12.3% on an annualised basis in the six months to June and an 11.6% annualised return in the second quarter.

  • Kaupthing Buys Netherlands' NIBC for $4.06 Billion Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 4:57 AM ET

    Icelandic lender Kaupthing Bank said Wednesday it bought the Dutch merchant bank NIBC Holding for 2.99 billion euros ($4.06 billion).

  • RBS Team Says it has 3.25% Stake in ABN Amro Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 4:44 AM ET

    A consortium of European banks seeking to buy ABN Amro said on Tuesday it had increased its stake in the Dutch bank to 3.25%.

  • 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.

  • ABN Shares Recover, Banks Move to Calm Financing Fears Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 12:11 PM ET
    The setting sun casts a yellow glow on the ABN Amro head office building in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday July 18, 2007. ABN Amro said Wednesday it would meet with a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland that is offering euro 71.1 billion (US$97.8 billion) for the Dutch bank and with rival bidder Barclays PLC to discuss "the implications" of the RBS bid. The target of the largest takeover battle in the history of the financial industry added that it has "no intention of making any major a

    Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposed 71 billion euro ($97.24 billion) takeover of ABN Amro on Friday, the third and final leg of backing from investors in the RBS-led consortium.

  • Fortis Second-Quarter Net Profit Beats Forecasts Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 4:48 AM ET

    Belgian-Dutch financial services group Fortis reported a 16% year-on-year rise in second-quarter net profit on Thursday, beating analysts' expectations due to strong banking results.

  • ING Net Profit Rises 27% on ABN Amro Stake Sale Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 3:30 AM ET

    ING Groep, the Dutch banking and insurance group, reported a 27% rise in net profit for the second quarter on Tuesday, boosted by the sale of part of its stake in ABN Amro Holding.

  • Fortis Wins Backing for ABN Consortium Takeover Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | 12:19 PM ET

    Belgian-Dutch financial services group Fortis on Monday cleared the way for its plan to buy parts of rival ABN Amro, as its shareholders in Belgium and the Netherlands gave their approval.

  • Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel has won access to Imperial Chemical Industries' books after raising its indicative bid for the British maker of Dulux paints to 8.0 billion pounds ($16.3 billion).

  • Unilever Second-Quarter Sales Beat Forecast Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | 3:02 AM ET

    Consumer goods giant Unilever beat forecasts with a 5.8% rise in quarterly underlying sales, and said it now expected sales growth for the full year at the upper end of its 3% to 5%  target range.

  • Dow Chemical May Make a Counterbid for ICI: Report Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 7:21 AM ET

    Dow Chemical, the biggest U.S. chemical company, is considering making a bid for Britain's Imperial Chemical Industries, the Daily Telegraph newspaper said on Wednesday.

  • Barclays Deal Would Boost ABN Board Pay: SEC Data Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 3:18 AM ET

    A takeover of Dutch bank ABN Amro by Britain's Barclays would boost pay of ABN board members, a filing at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

  • Tele Atlas Reports Second-Quarter $1.6 Million Loss Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 4:56 AM ET

    Digital mapping company Tele Atlas, in the process of being acquired by navigation device maker TomTom for 1.8 billion euros ($2.5 billion), Tuesday reported a second quarter net loss of 1.2 million euros ($1.6 million).