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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 24- Euro zone leaders sought on Friday to bridge stark differences over how to avoid economic stagnation and deflation in the bloc, with Germany facing fresh calls to soften its budget rigor and spend more. After the euro zone's revival came to a halt in the second quarter, France and Italy want to shift course away from the spending cuts that marked...

  • "A hope was expressed that the next round of three-party consultations between officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Oct. 29 in Brussels will be productive," the Kremlin's press service said in a statement.

  • LONDON, Oct 24- World stocks dipped on Friday, as European bank stress test results due at the weekend and New York City's first case of Ebola prompted investors to lock in profits after the best week for shares in well over a year. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city,...

  • Rapid UK economic growth slows slightly in 3rd quarter. LONDON- Britain's rapid economic recovery eased as expected during the third quarter, as services output growth slowed and manufacturing expanded at the weakest pace in 18 months, official data shows. BRUSSELS- France and Italy make fresh commitments to reform to persuade Germany and the European...

  • Britain says EU is asking for bigger contribution Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Britain says its prime minister is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. The European Commission did not immediately respond to the complaint. A longtime reluctant member, Britain has seen a surge in the...

  • Germany is looking increasingly isolated on its prescription for an economic revival with its focus on balancing the books and avoiding new debt, while France, Italy, the United States and the IMF want to see Berlin agree to more public spending. "What we have heard from Germany is that their potential growth is currently 1.5, or something like that.

  • Germany's BASF warns on profits and shares drop Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— Chemical and oil company BASF is warning that its profits will come in below its previous forecast in the wake of slower global economic growth and industrial production. Shares in BASF SE dropped 2.4 percent to 69.34 euros in Frankfurt trading Friday after the company revised its forecast. BASF upheld its target of a slight increase in pretax earnings...

  • Survey: German consumer confidence stabilizes Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:48 AM ET

    BERLIN— A survey finds that a downward trend in German consumer confidence has come to an end, despite cooler growth prospects for Europe's biggest economy. The government and economists have cut their growth forecasts for Germany after a string of disappointing industrial data for August. It cautioned that consumer confidence would likely be affected if...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 24- European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked...

  • EU agrees target to cut gas emissions Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 PM ET

    The EU has agreed a landmark target to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the FT reports.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Nov 4 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Oct 24- For other related diaries, please. COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presents 2015 budget in the parliament. SEOUL- South Korea's Central Bank Governor Lee Ju- yeol and Finance Minister Choi Kyung- hwan will appear before lawmakers.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 5 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN, Italy- ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet speaks at the International Banking Conference "Structural changes in the banking sector" organized by Bocconi University- 0820 GMT. FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret to give press conference at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor...

  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 24- European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked...

  • BRUSSELS— EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030..

  • Chicago Bridge & Iron beats 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $161.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.39 per share. Analysts expected $3.45 billion, according to Zacks.

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be agreed in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by increasing...

  • LONDON/ PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- EE, Britain's largest mobile network operator, is braced for the increasing convergence of mobile and fixed-line services in the UK market next year and the pace of consolidation is likely to pick up, Gervais Pellissier, a lead director of EE, said on Thursday. EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, is a joint venture of Deutsche...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 23- A former senior Swiss bank executive on trial for federal tax evasion was a micro-manager intimately involved in efforts to deceive U.S. authorities, a former employee testified on Thursday. Martin Liechti, the former head of the wealth management division for the Americas at UBS, was testifying in Fort Lauderdale for a second day in...

  • PARIS, Oct 23- The outgoing head of France's Thales sought to reassure investors that a new global focus at the aerospace and defense group was irreversible, as he unveiled his last quarterly figures containing a boost from developing economies. Thales, 26 percent owned by the French state and 25 percent by Dassault Aviation, also said on Thursday its sales fell 3...

  • *Poland leads objections, but is not alone. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be hammered out in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. Conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the EU's biggest energy supplier, has also focused the EU on reducing its reliance on imported fossil fuels by...