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  • Verizon, Vodafone seal $130 billion wireless deal Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 12:05 PM ET

    Verizon agreed to buy out Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, capping its effort to win control of the most profitable U.S. mobile provider.

  • Protectionism is thriving and ‘could hit growth’ Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 10:44 AM ET
    Riot police line up at an anti Free Trade Agreement rally in Seoul, South Korea.

    Trade protectionism has continued to increase across the world over the last year, with over 150 new trade restrictions created and almost 700 introduced since October 2008.

  • Icahn mulls activist role in Switzerland's Nuance Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    Carl Icahn, the activist investor, has been building a stake in Swiss technology firm Nuance since April, and last week made a financial filing that signaled an intention to move from a passive to activist position in the company. The FT reports.

  • Roll up, roll up: UK banks are up for sale Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 7:44 AM ET

    U.K. banks are probably still a high wire act. But there is definitely money to be made in this circus, writes CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi.

  • Property boom may double homebuilder dividends Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 7:34 AM ET

    Dividend payments by U.K. homebuilders will nearly double this year, according to financial information provider Markit, as a buoyant housing market prompts better returns for shareholders.

  • How should Vodafone spend Verizon’s $130 billion? Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 7:32 AM ET

    The long-anticipated sale of Vodafone’s stake in its wireless joint venture with Verizon is expected to leave the European telecoms giant with tens of billions of dollars to spend. So what will be top of chief executive Vittorio Colao’s shopping list?

  • The gap in earnings between the U.S and Europe is at a 25 year high, according to UBS, which says profits in Europe will rebound to their pre-crisis peak within three years.

  • UK retail: Good data, grim prognosis Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 6:29 AM ET

    Thousands of retail businesses in the U.K.'s town centers are on the brink of collapse, a veteran retail analyst will warn this week, as data appears to confirm a rebound in sales.

  • Euro zone manufacturing picks up in August Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 5:25 AM ET

    Manufacturing activity in the euro zone rose to its highest level since June 2011 in August, as the sector expanded across the majority of countries in the region.

  • Severstal: Steel must prepare for slowing China Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 4:24 AM ET
    steel making.jpg

    The global steel industry should prepare for slowing China growth, Alexey Kulichenko, the chief financial officer of Russia's second-largest steel producer Severstal, told CNBC on Monday.

  • Telecom Italia up as mammoth deal reshapes sector Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 4:15 AM ET

    Shares in Telecom Italia rose 3 percent in early trade on Monday, amid renewed speculation it may join a sector merger wave as Verizon Communications and Vodafone were set to announce a $130 billion deal.

  • Italy launches tax on high-frequency trading Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 3:14 AM ET
    Milan Stock Exchange

    Italy introduced a levy on high-frequency and equity derivative trades on Monday, the second stage of a process started earlier this year to tax financial transactions in the country.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be closer to a grand coalition with her socialist opponent in upcoming elections after he put in a surprisingly well-received performance in a TV debate Sunday.

  • Bale to join Real Madrid on record transfer fee Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 1:41 AM ET

    Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record in soccer after signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for £85.3 million (100 million euros or $132 million).

  • Merkel, challenger clash in tight TV duel Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 6:03 PM ET

    Angela Merkel touted her government's economic record as she faces off against her rival in their only live televised debate before the Sept. 22 election.

  • Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G-20 Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 2:49 PM ET

    Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama.

  • Verizon nears $130 billion wireless deal: Report Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | 8:01 PM ET

    Verizon is near a $130 billion deal to buy out the stake in Verizon Wireless it doesn't already own, sources said.

  • Vodafone investors split on best use of windfall Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | 4:41 PM ET

    Top investors in Vodafone are set to clash over what it should do with perhaps as much as $130 billion in proceeds from the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless.

  • Zurich probes if undue pressure caused CFO suicide Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 1:32 PM ET
    Pierre Wauthier, CFO of Zurich Insurance Group

    Zurich Insurance will investigate whether excessive pressure was put on the company's finance chief ahead of his apparent suicide.

  • Hermes co-CEO: Weak yen means we may hike prices Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 10:19 AM ET

    The co-CEO of Hermes said that volatility in the currency markets, particularly the yen, could lead the French luxury goods maker to price hikes next year.

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