Manufacturing output in the euro zone slipped in August, failing to meet market expectations, as economic and geopolitical uncertainties hit demand in the region.» Read More
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.
As tension over exchange rates grows and central bankers across the globe try to cool talk of a "currency war", Russia on Wednesday denied it was manipulating its currency.
Dutch banking and insurance group, ING reported fourth-quarter net profit that missed expectations on Wednesday but the company's Chief Financial Officer told CNBC it would implement major cuts to save 1 billion euros in operating costs per year.
A BofE pledge to help London become a global trading center for China's yuan has stirred talk of a revival in the city's fortunes, similar to the explosion of the U.S. dollar market in the 1960s and 70s.
Patrick Flynn, CFO of ING Group, tells CNBC that the group saw a solid result in the background of a difficult European environment.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports European shares staged a turnaround, as bank stocks closed higher.
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said exchange rates are as important for growth as for price stability.
Barclays plans to cut at least 3,700 jobs in 2013 as part of a strategic overhaul aimed at reducing the group's annual costs by 1.7 billion pounds ($2.7 billion) by 2015.
L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics group, said it was open to a strategic acquisition, a day after unveiling results at the top end of expectations and a 500 million euro ($669 million) share buyback.
CNBC's Kelly Evans reports Barclays announced its turnaround plan aimed at reducing the bank's annual costs, which sent the stock up over 4 percent.
Jeff Molitor, CIO Europe at Vanguard, tells CNBC why exchange-traded funds are so useful for investors and why the ETF boom is sustainable.
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Steve Keen, head of the school of economics, politics and history of Kingston University, London, says fiscal policy in Europe should aim to allow the private sector to sort out its debts at a slower pace.
Richard Mallinson, geopolitical analyst at Energy Aspects, says the Ukrainian crisis should have little impact on oil supply, but highlights that oil prices could respond to other geopolitical risks.
Jon Jonsson, global fixed income manager at Neuberger Berman, says that European data is "close to the bottom" and discusses sovereign bond yields in Europe.