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  • The China flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index showed factory output contracted in the world's second-biggest economy for the first time in six months.. In Europe signs were just as gloomy as the private sector in its biggest economy, Germany, grew at the slowest rate in 16 months, and in France a slight pick-up was overshadowed by the...

  • Energy groups face climate threat, says ex-BP chief Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 AM ET

    Energy and mining companies are ignoring the "existential threat" from climate change and must change the way they operate, the former head of BP warns, the FT reports.

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Crimean savers ask: Where's our money? Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Ten months after Russia invaded this Black Sea peninsula and seized it from Ukraine, the financial fallout is still being felt. Lawyers for the banks are preparing legal actions against Russia, which confiscated many of the banks' buildings, equipment and cash. The banking and phone chaos are another front in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Dec 3 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MADGEBURG, Germany- Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch speaks in Magdeburg, Germany- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to speak on "Understanding of economic matters" in Vienna- 1700 GMT. FRANKFURT- EU Council President Van Rompuy, ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy, ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger to take...

  • Libyan OPEC official indicates output cut on Nov 27. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Oil prices fell for a third straight day on Wednesday, as early gains on talk of a possible OPEC output cut vanished after the Federal Reserve released minutes of last month's policy meeting revealing worries that U.S. inflation could remain below target for "quite some time."

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields gain after Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday and U.S. The tendency has been for the minutes to go the other way of the statement, said Robbert Van Batenburg, director of market strategy at Newedge in New York. The yen weakened further after the minutes were released, with the dollar rising as high as 118.0 yen, its highest since August...

  • *Foreigners dominate Hungary retail market. BUDAPEST, Nov 19- Multi-national supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said on Wednesday, after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two years. Hungary's economy ministry this week submitted to parliament a draft bill that...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- President Vladimir Putin hailed Hungary as one of Russia's most important partners on Wednesday, giving his seal of approval to a budding relationship with a Soviet-era ally that is worrying some of its European Union allies. While the Ukraine crisis is straining ties between many EU capitals and Moscow, Hungary- which relies heavily on Russia...

  • *Morgan Stanley analysts expect production cut sooner or later. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Libya's representative to OPEC fueled hopes of an output cut, prompting traders to focus on next week's meeting of the producer group and ignore an unexpected surge in U.S. crude inventories. U.S. crude and Brent futures shrugged off the bearish...

  • Weary Italy vents its rage in spate of strikes and protest Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    ROME, Nov 19- Italy's social fabric is fraying. Scarcely a day goes by without Italy's main cities being disrupted by workers, students or angry citizens' groups. Centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been wrong-footed by the souring mood and his approval ratings are falling.

  • GENEVA, Nov 19- Anti-corporate activists declared moral victory over the annual Davos World Economic Forum of global business and political leaders on Wednesday and said they would no longer lobby there after the next meeting in January. To mark their "farewell to Davos", they said in a statement, they would use the Forum from January 21-24 to present a final "award...

  • European shares erase gains ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares ended flat after hitting a seven-week high earlier on Wednesday, with investors trading cautiously ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. The market also faced pressure from a sharp decline in mining shares after China's iron ore futures dropped nearly 5 percent to a record low.

  • BUDAPEST, Nov 19- Multi-national supermarkets could be driven out of Hungary, a trade lobby said on Wednesday, after the government raised their inspection costs and threatened to shut them down if they fail to make a profit for two years. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has a record of adopting idiosyncratic laws untroubled by how they are viewed...

  • European shares edge lower ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares edged lower from a seven-week high late on Wednesday, tracking a fall in U.S. equities, with investors trading cautiously ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. The market also came under pressure from a sharp decline in mining shares after China's iron ore futures dropped nearly 5 percent to a record...

  • *After record orders, Airbus reshapes for higher output. PARIS, Nov 19- An industrial drumbeat is picking up in European aircraft factories as Airbus borrows a new range of carmaking strategies to keep pace with record demand. The transformation underpins one of the toughest challenges faced by Airbus in its 44- year history: switching to a new model of...

  • Ridesharing service Uber expands in Nordics Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    HELSINKI— Uber is expanding its app-based taxi and ridesharing services in the Nordic region, to include the cities of Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen. The San Francisco- based company, which claims operations in 47 countries, launched its service in the capitals of Finland, Norway and Denmark on Wednesday. The company's regional manager Jo Bertram said it had...

  • Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Strong growth in China and more modest gains in Europe have helped Volvo grow sales for 16 straight months. Volvo, bought by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. from Ford Motor Co. in 2010, said it expected to reach its sales target "in the medium term" and sought to dispel doubts it had a future in the vast U.S. market. Volvo Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson believes...

  • European shares advance, Swiss index hits 9,000 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index climbed to a seven-week high on Wednesday, helped by broker upgrades, and Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.3 percent after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630 pence, Severn Trent was up...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of minutes from the U.S. U.S. equity futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street while oil prices recovered a touch but stayed near four-year lows on signs of disagreement between OPEC members before a meeting next week. Petr Krpata, currency strategist at ING, said the Fed...

  • COLUMN-Why we don't need better forecasts: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- One of my first assignments as a newly-minted graduate in the late 1990 s was to produce a 30- year forecast for the Bangladesh taka against the U.S. dollar on behalf of a client contemplating a multi-billion dollar investment. Even then, I realised this was not a sensible question. I wasn't even sure how much of Bangladesh would still be above sea...