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Karen Cho takes you through the European market open, where stocks have come in higher.
Standard Chartered reported pre-tax profit of $6.88 billion for 2012, an increase of 1 percent from a year earlier but below analyst expectations.
The Dunlop and Goodyear plants near Amiens in northern France chose different destinies four years ago when Dunlop's unions accepted tougher labor conditions.
Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, tells CNBC that the luxury manufacturer's new Wraith, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is the most powerful Rolls Royce ever built.
Mark Tinker, global portfolio manager at Axa Framlington, tells CNBC that regulators are trying to focus on the origin of the money being moved around the world and Cyprus is part of that.
Stephen Odell, CEO of Ford Europe, tells CNBC that Europe is down between three and five percent, with a lot of indicators suggesting the market has now bottomed out.
The City of London's big banks are considering suing the EU over rules to cap bonuses after receiving legal advice that the pay regulation could be struck down in court. The Financial Times reports.
Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post, tells CNBC that while they expect the first half of the year to be challenging they are confident of meeting the guidance.
Christian Schulz, Senior Economist at Berenberg Bank says the uncertainty from the Italian elections is a setback for confidence returning to Europe. He says there will be an uneven recovery nonetheless.
Euro zone finance ministers pledged on Monday to agree a bailout for Cyprus by the end of March, but details of how the rescue will be financed are yet to be sorted out.
Hans Goetti, Chief Investment Officer Asia at Finaport says Europe is essentially in recession when you look at the unemployment numbers. He says central bank action is what is keeping markets up.
Stephen Sheung, VP & Investment Strategist, SHK Private tells CNBC's Cash Flow which sectors he likes in Europe at the moment.
Erik Berglof, chief economist at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells CNBC why the benefits of Lativa joining the euro outweigh the negatives.
Stephen Fidler, Brussels bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, tells CNBC that he expects no firm decisions from a meeting of EU finance ministers, a body which refuses to act unless forced.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports a major sell-off in Chinese stocks pushed European markets lower.
Allister Heath, editor of CityAM, tells CNBC why the Swiss pay vote is far more sensible than a "disastrous" potential EU cap on bankers' bonuses.
Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, tells CNBC that politics rather than economics is looking most likely to cause a market shock.
An inconclusive election in Italy, the region's third- largest economy, rattled investors and caused a sharp fall in Euro-Zone sentiment, Sentix said on Monday.
Italy could be inching closer towards another election within months after center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani issued an ultimatum to anti-establishment 5-Star Movement boss Beppe Grillo to support a new government or return to the polls.
Swiss voters on Sunday approved what has been dubbed the toughest executive pay rules in the world. Sixty eight percent of voters were in favor of forcing Swiss companies to give shareholders sweeping powers in deciding on executive pay.
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Noel Tagoe, executive director at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), says what happened at Tesco was an "easy" mistake, as it used historical data to overestimate volumes, which had been falling.
European shares closed higher on Thursday tracking a rally in the U.S., as better-than-expected economic data helped ease fears over lackluster corporate earnings.
CEO of Kingfisher says Tesco is still a very important company for the UK and it can be turned around.