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Thursday will be a big day for European earnings, with heavyweights like Credit Suisse, Fiat and ABB set to hit the tape.
Fiat said Wednesday that net profit more than doubled in the third quarter, leading it to raise its full-year targets on a strong performance by its core auto division and good results in its truck and farm machinery operations.
New car sales in Europe were slightly down in September and virtually flat over the nine months, data showed on Tuesday, as consumers remained cautious despite low interest rates amid a paucity of new car models.
European car sales zoomed ahead in July and August after slow sales most of the year in major car-buying nations, netting strong results for BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat and General Motors.
CNBC Europe's Dan Scott reports from the Frankfurt Motor Show and marvels at Porsche's decision to make a hybrid SUV.
European auto manufacturers will struggle to maintain credit ratings in a very difficult environment despite expected long-term global growth in demand, Moody's Investors Service said in a report. Over-capacity is just one of several challenges the Original Equipment Manufacturers are facing, the agency added.
Shares in Fiat bucked the overall weakness in European stock markets on news the Italian carmaker won a contract worth $3.22 billion to supply DaimlerChrysler with truck engines for the next eight years.
Italian car maker Fiat posted an almost four-fold rise in first-quarter trading profit at its auto unit, beating forecasts, as it squeezed more money from a rise in sales of its smaller city cars, like the Panda.