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  • FRANKFURT, Feb 5- Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche insisted on Friday the German carmaker would not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake arch rival BMW and become the best-selling luxury car brand. Exactly the opposite is true, "he told analysts at a conference to discuss fourth-quarter results in Stuttgart. The Mercedes CEO was more upbeat about...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 5- Monsanto could seek to expand in agricultural chemicals by deepening its partnership with Germany's BASF after losing out to ChemChina in its bid to buy seeds and pesticides firm Syngenta. But while the Ludwigshafen, Germany- based company is not willing to sell its pesticides unit, recent consolidation in the industry means it is now seen by...

  • Under the supply deal, Europe's largest zinc smelter will ship physical zinc to Trafigura over three years, in return for a prepayment of $150 million, Nyrstar Chief Executive Bill Scotting said in an interview with Bloomberg. A spokesman for Nyrstar confirmed the Bloomberg story. A spokeswoman for Trafigura also confirmed the $150 million prepayment, but...

  • PARIS, Feb 5- France's Vinci is looking at opportunities to grow in concessions in Latin America and in oil and gas and infrastructures in Iran, as it further expands abroad to counter weak growth at home, its chief executive said on Friday. Vinci was also looking to grow all its businesses in America, notably motorway concessions in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and...

  • AMSTERDAM— NATO's chief met Friday with European Union defense ministers to discuss boosting cooperation between the military alliance and the 28- nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region. The EU and NATO are working to beef up their responses to threats such as Russia's increased military activity to the east and the Islamic State group's threat...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- The wait for U.S. monthly jobs numbers steadied stock markets on Friday and allowed the dollar to recover after its worst week in more than six years. London and Paris both gained; Frankfurt fell around half a percent.,. "There is a general skepticism towards a proper rate hike cycle by the Fed- that's been driving down the dollar there's probably not that...

  • MILAN, Feb 5- European shares were little changed in choppy trade on Friday with investors reluctant to take up big positions before a key U.S. jobs report that could provide clues on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy outlook. "With the focus on the jobs report in the U.S., we don't expect a very dynamic market today in Europe," Johannes Mayr, head of economic...

  • ATHENS/ SHANGHAI, Feb 5- China's COSCO is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port, two people familiar with the matter said, as the state owned shipping giant forges ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub. Bolstered by December's merger with China Shipping Group, COSCO's...

  • *On track for worst week since May 2009. LONDON, Feb 5- The dollar inched up from a 2-1/ 2- month low on Friday but was on track for its heaviest weekly loss since 2009, as investors awaited U.S. employment data for justification of the view that the Federal Reserve will not raise rates in 2016.. Commerzbank currency strategist Thulan Nguyen, in Frankfurt, said a weak...

  • Whatever lifts off from North Korea's western coast space center this month, one thing is certain— since rockets and missiles inevitably have overlapping technologies, it will run afoul of U.N. resolutions that have been in place for years to bar North Korea from testing any technology that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missiles.

  • PARIS— Protesting chauffeurs have moved to Paris' city center after having disrupted access to the Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs pelted each other with projectiles overnight at the Porte...

  • BERLIN— German factory orders declined slightly more than expected in December, dragged down by lower demand at home and in other eurozone countries. The Economy Ministry said Friday that orders were down 0.7 percent compared with the previous month, more than the 0.5 percent drop economists had forecast. Orders from inside Germany were down 2.5 percent and...

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:40 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago- based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 1:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for December, 10 a.m.. PARIS— French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi reports 2015 earnings. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases...

  • *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.

  • Business events scheduled for Friday Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 1:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases employment data for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for December, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for December, 3 p.m..

  • *Graphic on UK inflation, rate: http://reut.rs/1SDRz9w. FRANKFURT, Feb 4- The world's top central banks have all but given up hope of returning to conventional monetary policy soon with many touting rate cuts, raising the risk of competitive currency devaluations and doubts they can meet their mandates. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England had expected to...

  • *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...

  • LONDON, Feb 4- European Union rules that will introduce curbs on hundreds of commodities contracts to try to stop abuses are unnecessary, Britain's markets regulator said on Thursday. The blunt criticism comes when Brussels is set to propose a one-year delay until January 2018 for the launch of the new rules, known as MiFID II. Tracey McDermott, acting chief...

  • LONDON, Feb 4- The dollar was back on the defensive in morning trade in Europe after a collapse in expectations of a further rise in U.S. interest rates this year drove its biggest daily fall in over two months on Wednesday. The triggers then were a weak batch of U.S. sentiment data and New York Fed President William Dudley's warning that a weakening outlook for the...