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  • SYDNEY, Aug 26- London copper climbed to a three-week high as the market reopened after a holiday weekend on Tuesday, with signs of weakening in Europe's economy fanning hopes for fresh stimulus. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $7,097 a tonne by 0027 GMT, having earlier reached its highest since Aug. 5 at $7,108.75 a tonne.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows.

  • PARIS, Aug 23- Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative for the economy. Without specifically taking on Hollande, he said he did not exclude France from his criticism.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc Chief Executive Omar Ishrak defended his company's plan to acquire Dublin- based Covidien Plc in a so-called inversion deal, saying the medical device maker will be able to create more U.S. jobs while still paying substantial taxes once the transaction closes.

  • *Copper prices to fall to $6,600 in months ahead- Goldman. LONDON, Aug 14- Copper fell to its lowest level since late June on Thursday on concerns about demand for the industrial metal after data showing Europe's biggest economy shrank in the second quarter and the Chinese property sector cooled.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigor by contraction in Germany and stagnancy in France.

  • *Germany surprises by slipping into contraction. BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter of the year, drained of vigour by surprisingly shrinking growth in Germany and stagnancy in France.

  • ATHENS, Aug 13- Greece's economy shrank in the second quarter at its slowest annual pace since late 2008 when its protracted recession began, data showed on Wednesday, supporting expectations that Athens will emerge from the six-year slump this year.

  • Renzi under pressure to act after Italy fell into recession. ROME, Aug 8- Italy has pushed through a package of support measures for the economy that offers some help to businesses, but pressure is rising on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to take more significant steps to pull the country out of recession.

  • *Russia plans to ban food imports from U.S., Europe. LONDON, Aug 7- German Bund yields dropped to a record low on Thursday as the European Central Bank warned that the Ukrainian crisis and tit-for-tat sanctions with Russia may threaten Europe's already fragile economic recovery.

  • *Western bank still expects robust Russia profits. ESPOO, Finland/ MOSCOW, Aug 6- Finland warned on Wednesday that Russian retaliation against EU sanctions could push its economy into crisis, while President Vladimir Putin ordered curbs on food imports from countries that join the Western action over Ukraine.

  • UPDATE 4-Italy's economy slides back into recession Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    *Economy unexpectedly contracts 0.2 percent in Q2. ROME, Aug 6- Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter, underlining the chronic weakness of the euro zone's No.3 economy and pressuring Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to complete promised reforms.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Aug 15 Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg holds a press conference from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington- 1100 GMT. ATHENS- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visits Athens and meets Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras- 0800 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • PARIS, Aug 1- Shares trimmed losses and the dollar dipped on Friday after the U.S. reported job growth slowed more than expected in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, easing worries that interest rates will rise soon.

  • *Wall St tumbles with Dow, S&P turning negative for July. NEW YORK, July 31- Doubts on whether stock markets can ride out a tightening of U.S. monetary policy dominated trade on Thursday, sending major U.S. stock indexes down more than 1 percent, while the dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies.

  • LISBON, July 21- Portugal's president warned on Monday that fallout from the financial troubles of the founding family of Banco Espirito Santo could affect the wider economy, while the bank said it was appointing a special financial advisor to help boost its capital structure.

  • *U.S., Britain to outperform peers in industrialised world. July 17- Global growth prospects have dimmed slightly, with the United States and Britain leading industrialised economies that are not generating much inflation even after years of aggressive monetary stimulus, Reuters polls found.

  • BRUSSELS, July 17- Euro zone countries must beware of bending budget rules in the quest for economic growth, the EU's new economics czar said on Thursday, suggesting some proposals from France and Italy sought too much leeway.

  • Most of the cuts he suggested in a 72- page review of Italy's public administration- an unpublished tome seen by Reuters that picks apart services ranging from disability benefits to policing- appear to have been ignored by Matteo Renzi's government.

  • LONDON, July 10- The yen rose to a three-week high against the euro on Thursday as investors sought safety following weak Italian economic data and concerns about Portugal's largest listed bank that hit European shares. The euro dropped 0.5 percent to 137.84 yen, its lowest since June 16.