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  • Bottles of Dove body lotion, manufactured by Unilever NV, are seen in a supermarket in Slough, U.K., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. U.K. retail same-store sales barely rose in July, according to the British Retail Consortium, as consumer confidence was undermined by the double-dip recession and the euro-area debt crisis

    Three years into the global financial crisis, multinational companies that had made huge profits during the consumer boom that preceded it faced a major dilemma: people were no longer buying the expensive premium products that once sold well in Europe, the Global Post Reports.

  • GE: Plenty of Opportunities in China     Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | 8:10 PM ET

    John Rice, President & CEO, Global Growth and Operations at GE says that are tremendous opportunities in the transportation, aviation and the oil & gas sectors in China.

  • How to Trade Currencies' 'Ugly Contest' Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 7:54 PM ET
    Christchurch, New Zealand

    All the central bank stimulus is turning investors away from safe havens and toward riskier currencies, giving this strategist a plan.

  • Your Currency Trade on Rising Commodity Prices Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 3:50 PM ET
    Wheat field

    The Fed's QE3 has Brazil talking currency wars, and it's also pushing up commodity prices. This strategist sees a trade.

  • European Shares End Higher on Spain Bailout Talk Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 11:38 AM ET

    European equities rose on Friday, briefly testing last week's 14-month highs, as banking shares were lifted by speculation Spain was moving towards a bailout request.

  • Dalio Fears Social Unrest That Led to Hitler’s Rise Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Raymond 'Ray' Dalio, president and founder of Bridgewater Associates LP

    Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, predicts a “10 to 15 year managed depression” in Southern Europe. In a worst case scenario, he painted a much darker picture.

  • Is ECB's Draghi Trying to 'Out Bluff' the Markets? Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    Praise all around for Mario Draghi and his ECB's bold strategy of "conditional" bond buying across the euro zone, if and when deemed necessary. "This is the big game changer", insists Polish finance minister Jacev rostowski, echoing what virtually all of his colleagues both inside and out of the EU have voiced over these past weeks.

  • Euro Lifts, Brazil Talks Tough Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    Spain bailout hopes lift the euro and Brazil fires a warning shot — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • 12-Step Guide to Helping the Euro Zone Sober Up Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 5:50 AM ET

    Euro zone leaders may feel like they are amid the throes of the longest hangover ever as the region struggles with an addiction to debt and finds it hard to sober up.  But never fear! CNBC is on hand to help with its Twelve Steps guide to put the euro zone back on the path to recovery.

  • In Britain, Austerity Collides With Pension System Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 1:27 AM ET
    London Housing

    It may be the age of austerity for many in Britain. For a former doctor, Geoffrey Lipman, it is anything but.  Dr. Geoffrey Lipman, who is retired, gets about $78,000 a year in his government pension.

  • Italy Slashes Growth Forecast for 2012 Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 9:55 PM ET
    Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

    The Italian government has slashed its economic growth forecast for 2012, saying the eurozone’s third largest economy is now heading for a contraction of 2.4 per cent, twice as deep as it previously estimated.  The FT reports.

  • Starbucks CEO Draws Comparison to Steve Jobs Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 7:24 PM ET
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Commonwelth Club of California on April 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Schultz discussed his tenure as Starbucks CEO and promoted his new book "Onward. - How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing its Soul"

    Jim Cramer explains why Howard Schultz reminds him of Steve Jobs, the late founder and CEO of Apple.

  • At CGI, Romney and Obama Will Have A Close Call Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 5:23 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    It's not known exactly what the presidential candidates will talk about, but the theme of this year’s conference is decidedly non-political. In fact, it's downright world-builder-y: "Designing for Impact."

  • EU in Talks Over Spanish Rescue Plan Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 5:16 PM ET
    Spain

    EU authorities are working behind the scenes to pave the way for a new Spanish rescue program and unlimited bond buying by the European Central Bank, by helping Madrid craft an economic reform program that will be unveiled next week, the FT reports.

  • How to Play the Euro's Slide Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 4:43 PM ET
    Mario Draghi

    Economic reports from China and Europe have been disappointing, but for this strategist, they suggest a bullish trade.

  • London's Luxury Firms Look East as City Bonuses Shrink Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London, U.K., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Stocks dropped for an eighth day, the longest losing streak since January 2010, and commodities declined on concern the U.S. recovery is faltering. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    "In a normal year before 2008 you’d find 20 percent of the £2 million-plus market was  ‘City money’," says a London real-estate agent.

  • Where the Currency Bargains Are Now Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 1:23 PM ET

    Emerging market currencies have been laggards, but this strategist thinks that could change.

  • Spain's Business Leaders: We Need Bailout Now Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 1:11 PM ET
    Spain, Euro coin

    Spain borrowed money at the lowest rates in months on Thursday, but the country's business leaders want the government to seek help from the European Central Bank to prevent the country’s interest rates from rising again.

  • European Shares End Lower on Growth Worries Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    European shares closed lower Thursday, hurt by a disappointing business activity report and amid ongoing worries over global growth.

  • Tobacco Stocks as Solid as Bonds: Strategist Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    Safer to own than to consume, tobacco stocks have earned enormous returns for investors during the euro zone crisis, mimicking the safe haven of the fixed-income markets sought by jittery investors.

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