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  • WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December, 10 a.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for December, 10 a.m.. PARIS— French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi reports 2015 earnings.

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 8- European shares closed at their lowest level in more than two years on Monday with investor concerns over the health of the region's banks compounding worries over slowing global growth. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed down 3.4 percent at 1,239.68 points, its lowest since October 2013. Shares in Deutsche Bank fell 9.5...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company. Frank Tuch, 48, is being replaced as the company deals with a scandal over diesel vehicles equipped to cheat on emissions testing. Volkswagen is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department over some 600,000 vehicles that turned off emissions controls when not being tested.

  • *U.S. shale, OPEC complicate oil price recovery. PARIS/ BRUSSELS, Feb 8- Green power is cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and will buck the trend of falling investment in oil and gas as it can offer long-term returns sheltered from political risk, investors and industry analysts say. The differences this time include the depth of uncertainty over any oil...

  • 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,...

  • *Banks help drive Europe shares to 16- month low. Some U.S. bank shares traded sharply lower in Frankfurt. "The fundamental picture is clearly softening," said Owen Callan, senior analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Another day, another landmark low for the nickel price. London Metal Exchange three-month nickel traded down to $7,900 per tonne on Monday morning. "Not an inconceivable prospect by any means," according to one analyst, Leon Westgate of ICBC Standard Bank..

  • *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...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Members of troubled European industries including steel and aluminium will descend on Brussels in their thousands next Monday to protest against proposed measures to give China greater access to EU markets, and call for action on subsidised Chinese imports. Industrial sector representatives fear millions more jobs will be at risk if Brussels...

  • *Wheat prices fall on Egypt demand uncertainty. LONDON, Feb 8- U.S. soybeans slid to a one-month low on Monday as rains across Argentina eased fears over dry weather curbing yields while wheat also fell as uncertainty about demand from top buyer Egypt kept prices under pressure. Wheat futures were lower weighed by uncertainty about trade with Egypt following the...

  • GENEVA, Feb 8- When executive board members of the World Health Organization sat down for their annual meeting in Geneva in January, many powerful figures spoke forcefully of the need to reform the leading global authority on health and disease. "It's time to stop talking," Stewart Jessamine, New Zealand's director of public health and a WHO executive board member,...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over financial policies at the European level. Such shareholding is a major factor in smoothing recessions in the United States, but is less common in...

  • PRAGUE— After the attacks in Paris and New Year's security scares, Germans have been snapping up self-defense equipment like stun guns— to the delight of a Czech manufacturer who corners the market. Prague- based Euro Security Products, or ESP, has been flooded by new orders from Germany for stun guns and can't keep up with demand. Ingo Meinhard, the head of the German...

  • GENEVA— The new CEO of Credit Suisse has proposed that its board make a "significant" cut in his bonus after the Swiss bank posted disappointing earnings last week and announced 4,000 job cuts. An e-mail from Credit Suisse's press office said he proposed the biggest cut among the bank's management team because "I cannot demand sacrifices from others and not make...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European equities hit 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 2.1 percent to 1,256.30 points by 1004 GMT, after falling down to 1,252.24 points, its lowest level since...

  • PARIS— Jerome Cahuzac was the face of France's fight against tax evaders— until he was forced to acknowledge that he himself was dodging taxes, hiding money in tax havens around the world. The 63- year-old is accused of financing a lavish lifestyle by fraudulently concealing 687,000 euros of income from French tax authorities in 2009-2012 and laundering money...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European shares plunged to 16- month lows on Monday, extending a aggressive sell-off, while bond yields and oil also fell as investors shed risky assets on persistent concern over the pace of global growth. Data over the weekend showing China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as dollars were dumped to defend the yuan and...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European equities fell sharply on Monday, extending the previous week's steep losses, with cyclical sectors losing ground on persistent concerns about the pace of global economic growth. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was down 1.7 percent at 1,261.05 points by 0940 GMT after falling up to 1,259.27 poits, its lowest level since October 2014.

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON, Feb 7- Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group's production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Proposals being debated in Montreal by the International Civil...

  • In September, German prosecutors searched offices and residences linked to Maple Bank in a probe of serious tax evasion and money laundering connected to so called dividend stripping trades. Bafin said in a statement that once Maple Bank made some necessary tax provisions, over-indebtedness loomed. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Sunday...