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  • Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly at the first auction for long-term debt to be settled in 2013 as thin trading and worries over the U.S. budget weighed on peripheral bonds.

  • How the UK Tax Man Got Cozy With Big Business Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 4:53 AM ET

    For Ian Barlow, Britain's tax authority has gone from being fearsome to being really rather nice.

  • Euro Zone Crisis Batters Holiday Sales Prospects Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 3:28 AM ET

    Shoppers in euro zone nations battered by years of recession and crisis are on the hunt for bargains, delaying their purchases until the last minute, or simply not buying at all as post-Christmas sales get underway.

  • Will 2013 Be the 'Break-Out' Year for China Stocks? Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 2:10 AM ET
    Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    Chinese stocks have gained more than 11 percent in December after languishing in negative territory for most of 2012, prompting analysts to say 2013 could finally be the year for Chinese stocks to break out of the doldrums.

  • Singapore's Temasek Raises Stake in Olam to 19% Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:37 PM ET

    Olam International, which has been battling short-seller Muddy Waters, said on Friday that Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings had raised its stake in the commodities firm to 19 percent from 18 percent.

  • Porsche Wins Dismissal of Hedge Fund Lawsuit on VW Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:11 PM ET

    Thursday won the dismissal of a New York lawsuit by 26 hedge funds that accused the German automaker of causing more than $1 billion of losses by cornering the market in Volkswagen AG shares.

  • UK Bid to Win EU Opt-Outs Is Damaging: Van Rompuy Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 8:42 PM ET
    David Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to win back powers from the European Union could damage the 27-nation bloc and its single market, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in an interview published on Thursday.

  • Justice Department Opens Probe Into Autonomy: HP Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 6:46 PM ET

    Hewlett-Packard said the Justice Department has notified the firm that it has opened an investigation into Autonomy.

  • The Worst of Euro Crisis Is Over: Germany's Schaeuble Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 12:39 PM ET
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, Pool)

    The worst of the euro zone sovereign debt crisis is over, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview to be published on Friday.

  • Italy Hits Target Amount at First Debt Auction of 2013 Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 7:17 AM ET

    Italy sold all the bills and bonds it aimed to at an auction on Thursday, a few days after outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti announced he may join the election race to lead a reform-minded centrist alliance.

  • ECB Will Not Waver Over Bond-Buying Conditions: Coene Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 5:16 AM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    The European Central Bank will steadfastly enforce conditions attached to sovereign bond purchases under its program to help euro zone states cut borrowing costs, ECB Governing Council member Luc Coene said.

  • Profits Up, but Britain Gets Less Tax From Big Firms Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 4:39 AM ET
    London Bridge

    Big companies in Britain now pay less tax than they did 12 years ago despite a big jump in profitability. Tax campaigners say the trend is the clearest signal yet that tax avoidance has blossomed under a more business-friendly strategy at the UK tax authority Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

  • Alcatel CEO: European Policy Hurting Telecom Sector Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 4:23 AM ET
    Alcatel Lucent

    European regulations are stifling innovation within the telecom industry and preventing its growth, Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Paris-based telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent has told CNBC.

  • Piano Maker Steinway Takes Down 'For Sale' Sign Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 4:02 AM ET

    Steinway Musical Instruments, the famous manufacturer of pianos, saxophones and trumpets, said on Wednesday it had decided not to sell itself following a 17-month-long exploration of strategic alternatives.

  • Lessons From Japan for the West     Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    Peter Chatwell of Credit Agricole and Roger Nightingale of RDN Associates debate the lessons from Japan for monetary and fiscal policy in the U.S. and Europe.

  • Big Pharma Bets on Obesity Drug Binge Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 2:18 AM ET

    As Christmas overeating gives way to under-fulfilled new year diets, the pharmaceutical industry's appetite has been whetted for a fresh surge in business.

  • The 'Fiscal Cliff' Doesn't Matter: Economist     Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    Roger Nightingale, Economist at RDN Associates argues the "fiscal cliff" doesn't matter and the U.S. economy will head into recession, irrespective of what Congress and the White House do.

  • Bankia Shareholders Face Big Losses on Valuation Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 1:17 AM ET

    Shareholders in Spain's nationalized lender Bankia face high losses after the country's bank rescue fund disclosed on Wednesday the bank has a negative valuation of 4.2 billion euros.

  • Hybrids Are Best Value for Auto Buyers: Report Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
    The Toyota Prius C.

    They may not be sexy or exciting to drive, but a new study by Consumer Reports says hybrids offer the best value for those buying a new vehicle.

  • Profits at China's Factories Jump as Economy Recovers Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 9:56 PM ET
    Labors work at a factory's workshop in Huaying, Sichuan province of China.

    Annual growth of China's industrial profits quickened to 22.8 percent in November from October's 20.5 percent, official data showed on Thursday, reinforcing signs of a steady economic recovery thanks to pro-growth policies.

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