Major European markets ended in positive territory Monday, as anticipation of lower U.S. interest rates helped sentiment.
Dutch supermarket group Ahold said on Friday third-quarter sales rose 1.1 percent and it said an ongoing revamp of its stores in the United States would continue to hurt margins.
Britain only has itself to blame for how problems at Northern Rock turned into the first run on a UK bank in 140 years, the European Union's top financial regulator, Charlie McCreevy, is expected to say later Friday.
Dutch electrical parts distributor Hagemeyer rejected a breakup offer from French rivals Rexel and Sonepar, although analysts said the French camp remained well placed in its bid attempt.
Royal Dutch Shell reported an 8 percent drop in third-quarter profit as oil and gas production and refining margins fell, but the underlying result beat all forecasts.
German business sentiment deteriorated in October as expected, pointing to a slowdown in Europe's largest economy, a closely watched survey showed on Thursday.
Euro zone services growth bounced back much more than expected this month after hitting a two-year low in September, but the manufacturing expansion waned further, a key survey showed on Wednesday.
TomTom, Europe's largest maker of car navigation devices, beat average analyst forecasts with a 43 percent rise in operating profit on Wednesday and raised its full-year outlook.
The chief executive of online gaming company Unibet Group has been arrested in the Netherlands on a French warrant, the company said Tuesday.
Dutch electrical parts distributor Hagemeyer posted third-quarter sales of 1.628 billion euros ($2.31 billion) on Tuesday, just below expectations, adding group organic sales grew 3.2 percent.
Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel said on Tuesday its third-quarter core profit rose 11 percent, supported by its chemical unit and cost cutting at its decorative coatings business.
European Union leaders clinched final agreement on Friday on a treaty to reform the 27-nation bloc's institutions, replacing a defunct constitution and ending a two-year crisis of confidence in Europe's future.
One Bank of England policymaker wanted to cut borrowing costs this month, but was outgunnned by the other eight who argued new forecasts in November would provide a better steer on how the economy was faring.
Euro zone economic growth will slow this year and next as fallout from the summer's financial market turmoil hits housing and a stronger euro crimps exports, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.
Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday they would pool revenues and costs on transatlantic flights in a new joint venture that would take effect in April 2008.
TomTom, the world's biggest maker of car navigation devices, said on Tuesday US competition authorities had approved its planned takeover of digital map maker Tele Atlas.
Dutch Philips Electronics posted a quarterly core profit above analysts' average expectations on Monday, but its key medical systems unit showed a surprise decline in earnings.
Better-than-expected earnings from mobile-phone company Sony Ericsson boosted telecommunications stocks in Europe and added to a firm close for the major indexes Monday.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet signaled the bank was still biased towards a rate hike, despite calls for action to curb the euro's rise against the dollar.
European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to review a slew of financial rules in the light of the summer's credit squeeze that tipped securities markets into turmoil.