The European Central Bank is not expected to deploy any of its "powerful artillery" next week, but economists warned that calls for more action in 2014 would build.
Unemployment in the euro zone remained stubbornly high in November at 12.1 percent, but retail sales rebounded over the month.
Euro zone consumer inflation slowed unexpectedly in December, raising concerns that the region could be heading towards a period of deflation.
The co-founder and former head of Autonomy, the software company accused of massive accounting fraud by HP, has defended it against claims of alleged accounting irregularities by the U.S. Air Force.
AstraZeneca has agreed to buy Bristol-Myers Squibb's stake in the companies' diabetes joint venture in a deal worth $4.1 billion.
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