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  • FRANKFURT/ DUESSELDORF, Jan 30- SMA Solar, Germany's largest solar company, expects to make a loss for the third year in a row in 2015, with no let up in falling demand in Europe and fierce competition from Asia. Shares in SMA Solar, down more than 27 percent year-to-date, were 6.9 percent higher at 11.179 euros by 1015 GMT, bouncing back from a record low of 10.275 euros...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts at 1 trillion euro stimulus effort. Japan fell into deflation in the 1990 s and is still trying to get out. The European Central Bank is readying a massive 1 trillion euro stimulus program to try to raise inflation close to its...

  • European gains tracked a late rally on Wall Street on Thursday, where stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers and a rally in Apple and Boeing helped offset some disappointing earnings. "Retail sales in Germany and Spain, as well as consumer spending in France, are above expectations. These are the first signs for the positive impact from low oil prices and are a...

  • Germany's DAX, up 0.3 percent, outperformed the pan-European index after data showing German retail sales increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2014, rising by 1.4 percent in real terms, reflecting the buoyant mood among consumers in Europe's largest economy. "Retail sales in Germany and Spain, as well as consumer spending in France, are above expectations.

  • *Sanofi struggling to find new CEO in narrow field. PARIS, Jan 30- Barring a last-minute breakthrough, drugs firm Sanofi's Chairman Serge Weinberg may have to acknowledge in his results presentation next week that the hunt for a new chief executive is not going well. Paris- schooled Olivier Bohuon, chief executive of British medical devices maker Smith& Nephew,...

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat rallied after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • *Greece drops resistance, says "not a Russian puppet". BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. Germany said that decision would depend on...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Agriculture Department reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat bounced after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended Jan....

  • *EU considering new sanctions after rebel advance in Ukraine. *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS/ KIEV, Jan 29- European Union foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty...

  • PARIS/ MUNICH, Jan 29- Airbus Group shook up the management and organisation of the A400M military transport programme on Thursday after the latest in a long series of delays and technical problems to beset Europe's largest defence project. Chief Executive Tom Enders acted two days after apologising in Britain over the problems and promising to draw internal "...

  • Milan Expo 2015 tightening security after Paris attacks Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    MILAN— Expo 2015 officials have heightened security measures surrounding the world's fair in Milan, which is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors over six months, following the terror attacks in Paris, the event's commissioner said Thursday. "The events in Paris made us focus even more attention on security, but this is work we started a long time ago,"...

  • *Greece's position unclear, signs of division emerging. BRUSSELS, Jan 29- Greece's new leftist government exasperated its EU allies on Thursday at negotiations over extending sanctions against Russia, leaving the other 27 member states guessing as to whether it would support new sanctions or veto them. Leaders of several EU countries and officials of the bloc...

  • Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using "N-word" Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 AM ET

    PARIS— Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday. Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, caused much fracas when she attended Valentino hiding her baby bump. But it was surely Naomi...

  • *VW eyes truck holding to integrate MAN, Scania. WOLFSBURG, Germany, Jan 29- Volkswagen should be able to cut costs at its troubled passenger car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros planned by the German carmaker's top management, its works council chief said. Europe's largest automaker announced plans in July to cut 5 billion euros of costs at its...

  • EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro- Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. The new radical left-wing government in Greece didn't fall immediately in line with plans for further actions...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- European stocks slipped and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where an anti-austerity prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- Total became the first oil major to renew a 40- year onshore concession in Abu Dhabi, putting its peers under pressure to improve terms after the local partner said the French firm made the best offer. The state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the firm a 10 percent stake in the new concession...

  • *Gazprom third quarter profit down 60 pct. *Gazprom hit by weaker rouble, provisions for Ukraine's gas debt. MOSCOW, Jan 29- Russian state gas producer Gazprom suffered a 60 percent slump in third quarter net profit on Thursday, hurt by the weaker rouble and after exports were halted to Ukraine over a pricing dispute.