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  • Speculation is growing that Britain's Barclays may abandon its bid for the Dutch bank ABN Amro, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo reported. Barclays is due to finalize its bid for ABN next week, Bartiromo said, "but sources tell me there is a chance Barclays will pull out" because of "past liability concerns over past money-laundering questions."

  • Finland Says Inflation Up to 2.6% Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 4:05 AM ET

    Finland's annual inflation rate surged to 2.6 percent in March, the highest figure in almost six years, the government statistics agency said Friday.

  • European Central Bank Keeps Rates Steady at 3.75% Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 8:58 AM ET

    The European Central Bank kept short-term interest rates on hold Thursday as expected, but economists and investors think that another rate rise is due this summer.

  • Novartis Confirms $5.5 Billion Gerber Sale to Nestle Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 5:57 AM ET

    Nestle, the world's largest food company, will buy U.S. baby-food giant Gerber from NovartisAG for $5.5 billion in cash, becoming the world's biggest baby food company.

  • OMX in Talks, But Denies Nasdaq Bid Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 3:07 AM ET

    Nordic bourse operator andtechnology firm OMX said on Thursday it was in cooperation talks with several exchanges, but added it had not received any bid.

  • SABMiller Annual Beer Volumes Up Underlying 10% Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 2:22 AM ET

    Global brewing giant SABMiller said on Thursday its annual worldwide underlying beer volumes rose 10%, and said its financial performance was in line with its own expectations.

  • DaimlerChrysler to See Bidders, But Not Kerkorian - WSJ Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 1:18 PM ET

    A top DaimlerChrysler executive is scheduled to meet in New York this week with bidders for the German auto maker's Chrysler unit but it appears that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda isn't among those on the invitation list, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Puma Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:27 AM ET

    Shares in German sportswear maker Puma rose after French luxury-to-retail giant PPR (up 2.61%) made a 5.3 billion euro ($7.1 billion) takeover bid for the company.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Air France-KLM Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 6:58 AM ET

    Shares in Air France-KLM increased on Friday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.

  • Ahold Looking to Buy Dutch Retail Chain Hema Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 2:37 AM ET

    Dutch food retailer Ahold is looking to buy the Dutch-based retail franchise Hema, recently put up for sales, possibly for more than 1 billion euros ($1.34 billion), a newspaper reported on Thursday.

  • John Thain, chief executive officer of the New York Stock Exchange, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that different listing standards in the United States and Europe create an opportunity – not a barrier – for Euronext.

  • European Stocks to Watch: NYSE Euronext Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 7:15 AM ET

    The newly merged transatlantic exchange operator NYSE Euronext made its debut in Paris when it started trading as a combined company on Wednesday.

  • European Stocks to Watch: E.ON Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | 6:48 AM ET

    Shares in the world’s largest utility E.ON increased considerably after it gave up its 42 billion euro bid ($56 billion) for Spanish utility company Endesa (down 0.69%), agreeing to split it up with rivals.

  • Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.

  • ECB's Trichet: Euro Zone Inflation Risk Remains Monday, 2 Apr 2007 | 5:25 AM ET

    Risk to euro zone inflation remain and the European Central Bank will do what is necessary to ensure stable prices, the authority's president, Jean-Claude Trichet, said in newspaper interviews published on Monday.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Cap Gemini Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 8:09 AM ET

    Cap Gemini’s shares increased  2.37% in Paris trade Friday after Exane BNP Paribas upgraded the IT group from ‘neutral’ to ‘outperform’, citing the company’s strong growth prospects based on its business mix, cost control and use of off-shoring.

  • Philips Reiterates Targets, Looking at Takeovers Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 10:38 AM ET

    Dutch Philips Electronics , confirming its financial targets at its annual shareholders' meeting on Thursday, said it is looking at takeovers and ways to return excess cash to shareholders.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Compass Group Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 7:45 AM ET

    Shares of caterer Compass Group gained 5.78% in midday London trading Thursday after it reported that trading in the first 5 months of the year has been ahead of its expectations and the sale of its European vending business is progressing.

  • Moller Maersk Says Full-Year Profit Fell 22% Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 1:13 PM ET

    Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk's full-year profit fell 22% after freight shipping rates fell and as the government raised its tax rate on oil and gas activities, the company said Wednesday.

  • CNMV Confirms 6-Month Ban on Enel/Acciona Endesa Bid Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 6:03 AM ET

    Spanish market regulator CNMV said it had taken note of Enel and Acciona's joint takeover plan for Endesa and reiterated no bid could be made for six months.