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  • Why You Should Buy French Bonds Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 7:38 AM ET

    After several weeks of improved sentiment, yields on Italian and Spanish bonds spiked this week amid political uncertainty. But instead of fleeing to safe havens, investors may seek a halfway house in French sovereign bonds, analysts told CNBC.

  • Risks to Spain's economy and financial sector remain elevated as it undergoes a difficult process of fiscal and external adjustment, the IMF reported Monday.

  • Peripheral European economies are paving the way for an earlier return to growth than forecast thanks to fast-growing exports and falling labor costs, Standard & Poor's said in a new report on Monday.

  • This Week, Watch What Central Bankers Say, Not Do Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 7:02 PM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Central banking is in a state of flux as policymakers from Tokyo to Washington ditch prevailing orthodoxies to try to grab a bigger share of a slow-growing global economic pie.

  • China's Rancid Haze Puts Spotlight on Oil Giants Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 6:03 PM ET

    The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China's capital has turned a spotlight on the country's two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his "last great electoral and political battle" on Sunday.

  • BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5 smartphones

    The company must chart a tough course: quickly launch cheaper handsets to woo lower-end subscribers while restoring its tattered brand among the countries' status-conscious.

  • Barclays said its finance director Chris Lucas and its top legal expert are to retire, adding to change at the top of the British bank as it struggles to put a series of scandals behind it.

  • Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy Denies Corruption Charges Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 10:54 AM ET
    Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain.

    The Spanish PM has strongly denied claims that he and other members of the governing party received secret payments. "I have never received or distributed 'black money', it's false," he said, stressing that he would not resign.

  • France On Track for Growth Target: Minister Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici on Sunday said the government believed it could reach its 2013 economic growth target of 0.8 percent.

  • Hedge Funds Up Bets Against Italy's Monte Paschi Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 9:24 AM ET

    London hedge funds Odey Asset Management and Egerton Capital are among those upping their bets against Monte dei Paschi di Siena in recent days, after revelations the troubled Italian bank faces heavy losses.

  • New Measures to Lift Veil on Banks' Capital Ratios Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 9:17 AM ET

    The game may soon be up for banks that have made themselves look healthier by understating how risky their businesses are, which should help pension funds, savers and companies to decide which institutions to invest in.

  • ANA in Talks With Boeing to Speed Up 777 Jet Deliveries Saturday, 2 Feb 2013 | 11:05 PM ET

    Japan's All Nippon Airways is in talks with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing to speed up the delivery of three 777 jetliners as its fleet of 787 Dreamliner airplanes remains grounded with undiagnosed battery problems, the Nikkei newspaper said on Sunday.

  • Declining Car Sales Sink European Upturn Hopes Saturday, 2 Feb 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Car sales extended their declines in France, Spain and Italy last month, data showed on Friday, leaving little hope of a European auto market rebound anytime soon.

  • Google is to pay 60 million euros into a special fund to help French media develop their presence on the Internet.

  • Denmark's Nokia Moment on $100 Billion Stock Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 6:37 AM ET
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Denmark is facing its "Nokia moment"; drugmaker Novo Nordisk has ballooned into a $100 billion giant, dominating its home stock market just as the Finnish firm did at the height of the 1990s tech boom.

  • TeliaSonera CEO Quits Over Shadowy Uzbek Deal Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 6:32 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass the TeliaSonera AB company headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.

    The chief executive of Nordic and emerging markets telecoms group TeliaSonera resigned on Friday after an in-house investigation into its purchase of an Uzbekistan 3G licence harshly criticized the deal.

  • Denmark Faces Nokia Moment on $100 Billion Stock Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 5:28 AM ET

    Denmark is facing its "Nokia moment"; drugmaker Novo Nordisk has ballooned into a $100 billion giant, dominating its home stock market just as the Finnish firm did at the height of the 1990s tech boom.

  • The grand opening Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

    Louis Vuitton, the world's biggest luxury brand in terms of sales, is planning to dampen its expansion worldwide and focus on high-end products to preserve its exclusive image, said Bernard Arnault, chief executive of parent LVMH.

  • Rome Court Summons Bank of Italy Over Monte Paschi Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:46 AM ET
    Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

    A court in Rome has summoned Bank of Italy officials for questioning on the state bailout of Monte dei Paschi, as scandal spread over the trading that plunged the world's oldest bank into trouble.