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Risks to global expansion have recently increased due to tensions in the U.S. subprime mortgage market and there are fears of growing spillovers to other segments, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday, but uncertainty about the strength of the global economy still lingered and a series of political surprises caught investors off guard.
The European Central Bank lent commercial banks 75 billion euros ($104 billion) in three-month funds Wednesday, 25 billion euros more than in a previous operation last month, the bank said on its Web site.
The U.S. economy will slow next year amid continued trouble in the housing market, likely leading to lower interest rates, a senior International Monetary Fund official said Wednesday.
Shares in port-to-telecoms conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa rose more than 8% on Wednesday and its bond spreads tightened after a British newspaper said the firm planned to sell its Italian 3G mobile operating arm, 3 Italia.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Europe's financial system is sound despite the current market correction, but more needs to be done to improve future financial stability.
The Qatari Investment Authority is considering teaming up with three Italian partners to win over Nasdaq's 31% stake in the London Stock Exchange, Italian daily Il Sole 24Ore reported.
Euro-zone interest rates have further to rise, European Central Bank Governing Council member Axel Weber said on Friday, although other policymakers stressed no move is imminent given uncertainty over the credit crunch.
The eurozone finance ministers' chairman said on Friday French President Nicolas Sarkozy was neither noble nor correct to claim some of the credit for the European Central Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold.
EU ministers and national experts are due to approve a genetically modified (GMO) sugar beet variety this month despite a long running dispute over the use of biotechnology.
The European Central Bank kept its key monetary policy rate flat at 4% on Thursday due to persistent turbulence in the financial markets because of fears of a spillover of the U.S. subprime crisis.
Another rise in euro-zone interest rates looked assured last month, but the turmoil in the credit markets has brought pressure on European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet to keep rates at 4%.
The Bank of England broke its silence on Wednesday over the current storm engulfing world financial markets and took steps to bring overnight interest rates down.
Euro zone growth next year could be weakened by the credit crisis triggered by high-risk U.S. mortgage debt, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday.
A sharp drop in investment and government spending more than halved quarterly euro zone growth for April to June, but this is unlikely to stop further ECB interest rate rises as analysts expect the economy to pick up.
Alitalia will cancel 150 flights that it currently operates daily out of its Milan Malpensa hub as part of a "survival" plan to stem losses while it hunts for a buyer, a union source said on Monday.
European stocks closed mixed on Monday in thin trading because of a national holiday in the U.S. and on anticipation of a busy week.
European stocks closed in the green on Friday after the two top U.S. economic policymakers said it was not up to the government to rescue bad investments but acknowledged they would intervene to prevent a spillover of the U.S. credit market crisis into the broader economy.
Euro zone inflation was stable at the European Central Bank's target for the 12th straight month in August but consumer expectations of inflation jumped and economic sentiment weakened more than expected, data showed.
European stocks managed to close in the green Thursday after oscillating between the joy of some good corporate results on the continent and worries about credit market woes.