The U.S. unit of German lender Deutsche Bank suffers from ongoing financial reporting problems, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Agricultural chemicals groups Syngenta posted a fall in profit for the first half of the year, as bad weather in North America hit the market.
There were strong signals Tuesday that the European Union is preparing to step up its economic sanctions against Russia.
The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action.
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European shares opened lower on Wednesday as investors took profit after strong gains in the previous session amid ongoing geopolitical concerns in Gaza and Ukraine.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, says the World Bank's negative view of the country's economy is wrong and says local businesses are competitive.
Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, says growth in the emerging markets has dropped but China is not a concern.