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  • BERLIN, Feb 5- Volkswagen has postponed publication of its financial results for 2015 and delayed its annual shareholders' meeting as the German carmaker struggles to put an exact price on its diesel emissions scandal. More than four months after the scandal broke in the United States, Europe's leading carmaker is still to come up with a technical fix for almost...

  • LISBON, Portugal— In a tug of war over budgets, the European Commission approved Portugal's so-called anti-austerity spending plan on Friday, but only after extracting a promise for almost $1 billion in additional cost cuts. Left-wing and center-left governments— particularly in Greece, Spain, Italy and France— have long complained that the EU's executive...

  • London's bid to win exemption from the European Union goal of "ever closer union," preserve its financial sector from regulation by the euro zone and curb access to in-work benefits for EU migrant workers won backing from Poland as the meeting of national negotiators- or sherpas- began in Brussels. The powerful leader of Warsaw's new ruling party, Jaroslaw...

  • The German carmaker said Friday it would give new dates for the earnings release, formerly slated for March 10, and for its shareholder gathering originally set for April 21. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is suing the company in federal court over what it says were 600,000 such vehicles. U.S. law firm Jones Day is conducting an investigation into who...

  • 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..