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Central banks scooped up more gold in 2012 than they have annually in nearly half a century as they sought to diversify reserves, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Thursday.
Thousands of job losses in London's high-profile banking industry are causing ripple effects across a wide array of businesses that rely on the wealth of City workers.
Willem Nabarro, Head of European Equities for Asia at Exane-BNP Paribas shares his investment strategy for Europe's banks
An HSBC report ranked the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc as the world's most aggressive currency warmongers.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on today's top business headlines from Europe.
Spain is set to usurp Germany as the strongman of Europe, due to the increasing competitiveness of its exports, say Morgan Stanley analysts.
Rosneft is seeking to borrow $30 billion from China, making Beijing the largest consumer of Russian oil and further diverting supplies away from Europe.
A $2 trillion economy and a stock market that trades at valuations cheaper than Pakistan - Russia is struggling to gain the trust of international capital.
Inflation in the U.K. will remain above target for the next two years, Bank of England governor Mervyn King warned on Wednesday, but tightening monetary policy was not the solution as it could push the economy deeper into recession.
CNBC's Kelly Evans reports European shares were mixed in morning trade, as investors digested a series of earnings news, and focused on currency wars.
The Swiss government is taking steps to try to stop a housing market boom running out of control, announcing on Wednesday it will demand banks hold additional capital to dampen mortgage activity.
Italy successfully sold its first 30-year bond in nearly two years at an auction on Wednesday, shrugging off concerns about the outcome of a general election on Feb. 24-25.
Output at euro zone factories rose for the first time since August last year.
Jean-Guy Carrier, secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce, tells CNBC that he has seen a clear increase in market confidence over the past six months and expects that to continue.
Iranian oil output will likely fall further from its lowest in three decades as the West tightens sanctions on the Islamic Republic, depriving Tehran of hard currency revenues, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.
Karen Cho takes you through the European Market open, where stocks are looking a little bit firmer.
John Haynes, head of research at Investec Wealth & Investment, tells CNBC there is a tension between those who want to take money off the table and others who think they need to stick with the rally a bit longer.
Heineken, the world's third largest brewer, reported higher than expected 2012 profit on Wednesday on the back of sharply higher earnings from Africa and the Americas and forecast higher revenue this year.
Jean Francois van Boxmeer, CEO of Heineken, tells CNBC that the importance of Europe is declining for Heineken and they have been increasing their footprint in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
French bank Societe Generale has named a new chief financial officer and reshuffled its management team after swinging to a loss in the fourth quarter on the back of a weak euro zone economy and one-off charges.
Bitcoin fans learnt that one of the virtual currency's exchanges will enforce customer verification checks from Thursday.
Google is challanging Apple's iPhone with MotoX, the FT reports.
The recent move by the Swiss government to allow banks to sidestep secrecy laws won't prevent them from depositing money in the country.
Kairat Kelimbetov, governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, says the country's economy should benefit from strong growth in the next few years, and discusses the reform process.
Pierre Moscovici, French finance minister, says Africa is a land of opportunities and France should increase its public and private investments in the continent.
Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's (S&P), tells CNBC that the euro zone has been working on rebalancing its economy, but that "much more needs to be done".