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  • LONDON/ ROME, Feb 10- Europe's top four economies suffered steeper drops in industrial output during December than any analyst had forecast, a grim sign for the global economy as it struggles to sustain momentum. Wednesday's industrial output data for Britain, France and Italy followed news a day earlier of a shock plunge in Germany, setting back expectations...

  • MILAN— Italian lender UniCredit says its earnings dropped in the fourth quarter, on a day its shares were being battered amid broad concerns over the country's banking system. UniCredit reported Tuesday a net profit of 153 million euros, down from 170 million euros a year earlier. UniCredit's stock was down 4.1 percent at 2.88 euros.

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 8- European shares touched a 16- month low on Monday with investors rattled over a slowdown in global economic growth and newly concerned about the region's banking sector. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 3.1 percent at 1,243.21 points by 1521 GMT, its lowest level since October 2014. Shares in Deutsche Bank fell 6.5 percent,...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 index falls 2.5 percent. LONDON, Feb 8- European equities fell to a 16- month low on Monday, extending the previous week's hefty losses, with cyclical sectors such as banking and automobiles bearing the brunt of a broader sell-off. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares fell 2.5 percent to 1,250 points by 1252 GMT, its lowest intraday...

  • Should you invest in Italian banks? Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 1:40 AM ET
    Should you invest in Italian banks?

    Filippo Alloatti, senior credit analyst at Hermes Fund Managers, discusses problems in the Italian banking sector.

  • Op-Ed: Is the ECB running out of bazookas? Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 8:35 PM ET

    The latest data showing weak private sector credit flows in the euro area suggest that might well be the case.

  • LONDON/ MILAN, Feb 5- European equities ended lower after a choppy session on Friday, with the sell-off accelerating in late business after U.S. jobs data left investors guessing about the possibility of an interest rate hike this year. "The result is an even more confused picture on the likely pace of rate increases from the Federal Reserve... which is unlikely to be...

  • Italian banks hit by concerns over bad loans Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 12:31 PM ET

    MILAN— Italian banking shares are getting battered this year as the government tries to bundle and dispose of billions of euros in bad loans while attempting to reform and consolidate the ailing sector. Since the start of the year, Italian banks have lost more than 35 billion euros in market capitalization as investors sold their shares amid concern about some...

  • *Chinese tourists spent up to $1 bln in Moscow in 2015. Shoppers from China accounted for 7 percent of the group's sales in 2015 and while the country's economy is slowing sharply, at least it is still growing unlike Russia's which is shrinking. Chinese visitors have become a more frequent sight in central Moscow, some carrying bright orange shopping bags from...

  • European markets close: VW delays results Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 11:29 AM ET
    European markets close: VW delays results

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Italian financials reversing earlier gains, and Volkswagen delaying annual results.

  • MILAN, Feb 5- European equities were steady on Friday as a rise in the shares of major banks and industrial companies offset a fall in stocks such as defense group Finmeccanica and steelmaker ArcelorMittal. Data on Friday showed that U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate was at 4.9 percent, the lowest since...

  • MILAN— Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo reported a 73 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits on lower net interest income and a drop in investment returns. Italy's second-largest bank by assets, Intesa Sanpaolo reported Friday fourth-quarter net income of 13 million euros, down from 48 million euros a year earlier. Fees and commission income rose 6 percent to 1.9...

  • *European Commission has proposed further reforms. *European Commission demanding answers from Volkswagen. They came close to securing a rare veto in the European parliament of a policy that had the backing of the EU's member state governments and, more grudgingly, the executive European Commission.

  • *ING up on solid results, reassuring message on oil risk. MILAN, Feb 4- European shares fell on Thursday as weak U.S. data fed concerns that the world's biggest economy may be slowing down, with export-oriented auto stocks leading the decline and Credit Suisse tumbling after reporting a full-year loss. "The dollar is weakening because the market is starting to worry...

  • *Founder Del Vecchio takes helm as executive chairman. But Leonardo Del Vecchio's return to the helm of Italy's Luxottica, owner of Ray Ban and Oakley sunglasses, at the age of 80 and insistence none of his six children should carry the burden of such a big firm beg the question of who might fit the bill. Positions are not being filled, two of the sources said,...

  • Weak dollar pummels European markets Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 11:30 AM ET
    Weak dollar pummels European markets

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including how the weak U.S. dollar has hurt European mining and materials stocks.

  • *France, Italy, Spain, Portugal at odds with EU commitments. BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Almost half of euro zone countries are facing a clash over EU deficit reduction rules unless they change policies, European Commission forecasts showed, posing a challenge to EU laws that set limits on spending to protect the value of the euro. Governments also argue that they need to spend...

  • The craftsmen of Murano, an island near Venice, didn't have such technology, yet they still turned out museum-worthy pieces known for their artistry and beauty, using techniques that remained exclusive for centuries. Through years of researching Venetian glass collections at American and European museums and comparing the artifacts with more...

  • *Pan-European index down almost 10 pct this year. MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 3- European shares fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from the United States further undermined sentiment already hurt by weak earnings updates. "Sentiment has weakened materially and is being undermined by mounting worries over global economic growth spanning from...

  • European markets close after weak data Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets close after weak data

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including falling retail sales in the euro zone.