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  • Europe Auto Sales Lowest Since '94 Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Ford

    With much of Europe sliding back into a recession auto sales have dropped to the lowest level since 1994. Compounding the problem for automakers is a price war in the industry that is cutting into already squeezed margins.

  • Coolest Corporate Headquarters Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    The term “corporate headquarters” often brings to mind an intimidating environment, full of modular furniture, fluorescent lights and joyless gray cubicles. For many years, there were scant deviations to be found.In the 21st century, that rule book has been tossed out the window. The new one has been written by veterans of the tech boom, the start-up boom and the dotcom boom, and this new “old guard” has changed the rules.Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional

    Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional office spaces have become more common. Click ahead to see some of the coolest corporate headquarters in the world.

  • Euro Slips, Chinese GDP Hits Target Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 8:22 AM ET

    China stays on target and Italy takes a rating cut - it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Forget Profit, New Fund Trades on Superstition Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 7:41 AM ET

    Algorithmic trading was designed to take out the human element liable to mistakes, sentiment and superstition, but one student has designed an algorithm programed to replicate our fears to see whether there is anything rational — or financially rewarding — in superstitious trading.

  • CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including returns on Italian bonds, and whether the IMF will issue more financial support to Greece.

  • No Respite Seen in Spanish Housing Crisis Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 4:21 AM ET
    A road sign stands between blocks of empty apartments at Francisco Hernando village at the Sesena real estate development near Madrid.Out of 13,000 apartments that were meant to make up the development of Sesena only 5,100 were built, many of which are now uninhabited with those Spaniards who bought them as investments trying to sell them off for huge losses.One is example is Juan Carlos Caballero who bought an apartment in Sesena in 2008 for 185,000 euros alongside his father who had previously

    As protesters in Madrid clash with police over new budget cuts, the housing crisis that plunged Spain into economic catastrophe shows no sign of abating. Especially in Ciudad Valdeluz, the Global Post reports.

  • Greece Must Stare Down Privatization Blackmail Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 3:14 AM ET

    The newly sworn in Greek coalition government is committed to restarting the economy, restoring confidence and boosting its reform credentials by taking action on long stalled privatizations. To succeed, it will have to move quickly, face down blackmail and convince mainstream citizens.

  • Austerity Reaches the Hollande Government in France Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:40 AM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama meets with newly elected French president Francois Hollande (L) in the Oval Office on May 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.

    With his first Bastille Day approaching on Saturday, François Hollande and his government have had a good start to his presidency, impressing the French with a down-to-earth style, the New York Times reports.

  • Commodity Falls Spark Investor Rethink Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:40 AM ET
    Fracking

    Prices of commodities from oil to copper have fallen sharply. Money is flowing out of the sector and some investors are questioning the so-called commodities ‘supercycle’ – the mantra that prices will rise and rise, underpinned by Chinese growth, the Financial Times reports.

  • Dash for Cash That Heralds Painful Freeze Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    In normal circumstances, the antics of America’s corporate treasurers should not worry Washington politicians. After all, corporate treasurers are like the supply chain managers of the financial world: decent, unassuming people, who prefer to stay out of the limelight, performing the crucial-but-dull role of handling company finances, the Financial Times reports.

  • Sword of Damocles Hangs Over Europe: Economist Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 1:51 AM ET

    A "sword of Damocles" hangs over Europe and could lead to a fundamental change in the way nation states view the region's single currency, according to Bank Sarasin economist Jan Poser.

  • Angry Birds iPhone app

    Italy gets a downgrade; videogame sales continue to plummet; Ackmans sets sights on P&G; Lexmark revises outlook and Google’s Larry Page is back in the office.

  • Investors are Running for Cover     Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    Sebastien Galy, Senior Currency Strategist at Societe Generale says that investors are buying fixed income as they look for cover.

  • Cramer: Duke Energy’s CEO Switch Is No Reason to Sell Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 6:43 PM ET
    Duke Energy's Allen Steam Station in Belmont, North Carolina.

    While the “Mad Money” host is outraged by the abrupt ouster of its CEO, he remains bullish on the stock.

  • This is a transcript of Warren Buffett, Alan Simpson, and Erskine Bowles' Sun Valley live interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, July 12, 2012, from 8am to 9am ET.  They discussed why the U.S. needs to address its mounting debt problem and suggested some solutions.

  • GM Turns to a Former Analyst to Fix Europe Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    GM auto dealership with sign.

    When GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky was one of the most respected auto analysts on Wall Street, one of his favorite topics was blasting the previous management of GM for not fixing its money-losing operation in Europe.

  • Why It's Time to Sell the Euro Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    With all the tumult in the forex market today, why trade the euro? Here's your reason.

  • Warren Buffett is interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box, July 12, 2012

    This is a transcript of Warren Buffett's Sun Valley live interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, July 12, 2012, from 7:30am to 8:00am ET.  In his conversation with Becky Quick, Buffett says he now sees U.S. economic growth slowing, but residential housing is picking up slightly. He also says Europe has "been slipping pretty fast" over the past six weeks.

  • Europe on the Ropes?     Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 1:33 PM ET

    Brian Singer, William Blair Dynamic Allocation Strategies, offers insight on Europe's debt crisis and just how bad it is.

  • Central Bank Rate Cuts Hurting Carry Trades? Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    The softening global economy is leading central banks to cut rates, and that could change your carry trade strategy.

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  • Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.

  • Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.

  • European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.

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