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  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 29- Euro zone inflation dropped as expected to a fresh five year low in August, data showed on Friday, something likely to concern the European Central Bank but not force it into immediate policy intervention.

  • Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to an annual 0.3 percent in August, a sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • *JP Morgan calls for ECB rate cut next week. LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • *Germany's Schaeuble says Draghi comments' over-interpreted'. LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields fell back towards record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the bloc's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • LONDON, Aug 26- Copper prices rose to three-week highs on Tuesday, as hopes of stimulus measures by the European Central Bank gathered pace following signs of a weakening European economy.

  • 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.