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  • Power Down: Tablets Are Crushing PC Sales Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:43 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft Corp.

    PC sales plunged to record lows in the first quarter as tablets gain in popularity.

  • 'Massive' Deficit Cuts Hurt Growth: IMF’s Lagarde Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:42 PM ET

    More needs to be done to promote global economic growth, and any additional U.S. deficit reduction needs to be restrained, the IMF's Christine Lagarde told CNBC.

  • Bitcoin Bounces Back After Crashing Nearly 60% Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:31 PM ET
    Bitcoins

    Bitcoin staged an impressive comeback Wednesday, after crashing nearly 60 percent earlier to a low around $105, erasing more than half of its intraday losses.

  • Italy Hikes Debt Targets to 130 Percent Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Italy's caretaker government on Wednesday sharply hiked its targets for public debt this year and next despite waves of austerity measures, and said there was now room for less restrictive fiscal policy.

  • Merkel on Course for Re-Election Despite Euro Crisis Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 11:26 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaks in front of a flag of the European Union

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their junior coalition partners have enough support to win a governing majority in September's election for the first time in more than three years, according to a poll out on Wednesday.

  • Portuguese Banks Need Extra 8 Billion Euros: Moody's Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 10:33 AM ET
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Banks in bailed-out Portugal need an extra 8 billion euros ($10 billion) in capital, based on conservative tests of their financial health, Moody's Investors Service said on Wednesday.

  • Goldman Sachs: Time to Short Gold Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 9:07 AM ET

    Goldman Sachs downgraded its 2013 price target for gold and advised investors to short the precious metal, in a commodities report out on Wednesday.

  • Luxembourg to Scrap Bank Secrecy With EU Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 8:07 AM ET

    Luxembourg plans to lift bank secrecy rules for European Union citizens who have savings based in the country, the prime minister announced on Wednesday.

  • Hollande Calls for Global Tax Havens to Be Abolished Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 6:35 AM ET

    As the French government is mired in a growing scandal over secret foreign bank accounts, President Francois Hollande called for tax havens to be eradicated.

  • UK Bank Chief Asks to Be Stripped of Knighthood Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 6:03 AM ET
    Sir James Crosby

    James Crosby, former boss of failed British bank HBOS, offered on Tuesday to give up his knighthood and nearly a third of his pension after being denounced by lawmakers for the "colossal failure" that led to his bank's collapse.

  • 'Absurd' Chinese Trade Data Confound Analysts Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 4:09 AM ET

    China saw export growth of 10 percent year on year in March while exports to the U.S. and Europe, its two biggest markets, continued to slump, which is making analysts question the reliability of the data.

  • Pimco's Gross Turns Bullish on US Treasurys Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 3:16 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The world's biggest bond fund manager Bill Gross has had a change of heart on Treasurys, raising allocations to U.S.government bonds.

  • Hollande's Camel Eaten in Latest French Setback Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:50 AM ET

    Malian authorities will give French President Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist rebels was eaten.

  • Germans Among Poorest in Europe: ECB Study Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:42 AM ET

    Germans are one of the poorest groups in Europe, according to the surprising findings of a joint survey by various divisions within the European Central Bank.

  • Should Europe Kill Its 'Bin Laden' Notes? Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:39 AM ET

    Demand for 500 euro bills as a store of value has started to decline, according to a currency strategist, who told CNBC that the note is used extensively for criminal activity and should be abolished.

  • US and Europe Separated by Deep Gulf on Policy Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:52 AM ET
    President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

    The effort by U.S. Treasury secretary Lew to persuade Europe to consider shifting its focus from budget balance to growth highlighted a deep trans-Atlantic policy gulf, the NYT reports.

  • Soros Tells Germany It Should Leave Euro Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:42 AM ET
    George Soros

    Billionaire investor George Soros is the latest person to criticize Germany's role in the euro zone crisis, telling the country that it should consider leaving the euro zone.

  • Here's the Real Danger With North Korea Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:30 AM ET
    A South Korean soldier stands at a military check point connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea.

    Repeated threats of aggression from North Korea have created little panic in markets, but some experts warn that a big risk could be Pyongyang not knowing it's crossed the line.

  • Bersani Meets Berlusconi in 'Signal of Unity' Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:14 AM ET

    Italian center-left leader Bersani met his center-right rival Berlusconi to discuss the election for the next president, offering hope of a breakthrough in the deadlock.

  • Europe Risks 'Endless Depression' in Austerity Pursuit Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    After Portugal's rejection of the cost-cutting measures on which its bailout package depends, Invesco Perpetual's chief economist has added his voice to the anti-austerity camp, warning it could lead to "almost endless depression".

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