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  • HSBC Outranks Citi as West's Most Valuable Bank Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 1:09 PM ET

    HSBC Holdings was one of the first and most exposed banks to the U.S. housing crisis, but the recent bigger problems of leading rivals mean its shares have outperformed to make it the West's biggest bank.

  • Ryanair: Who Needs a Beauty Contest Anyhow? Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 12:58 PM ET

    Ryanair took the honors in a recent airline survey run by Tripadvisor, for all the wrong reasons. The online travel site asked its users to rate airline companies and Ryanair came in as the least favored.

  • European Banking Stocks Tumble on Credit Concerns Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    Leading European bank stocks tumbled on Friday as worries mounted that the U.S. subprime crisis has taken a sharp turn for the worse and will force another round of hefty writedowns of bank exposures.

  • British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said on Monday the global banking industry was experiencing great uncertainty, but it was vital to keep the problems of U.S. bank Citigroup in perspective.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Jumps, Raises Odds for ECB Rate Hike Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 7:30 AM ET

    A surge in euro zone inflation in October beat all expectations, data showed, raising the odds for a rise in European Central Bank interest rates despite weakening sentiment and sending the euro up against the dollar.

  • Banks' Writedowns Signal Continuing Weakness Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 12:09 PM ET

    The latest warning by UBS that it may face more writedowns, as well as last week's announcement by Merrill Lynch that it would have to write down $8.4 billion, show that the weakness in the financial sector is set to continue, analysts told CNBC Monday.

  • Big 3 Automakers: Road To Success May Be Overseas Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    The latest reports in Automotive News about strong sales in Eastern Europe helping Ford and Toyota meet sales goals, confirms something I've been hearing for some time from Big 3 execs. Don't focus so much on the U.S. and lose sight of the real battle over global sales.

  • International Investing: The United Kingdom Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 1:24 PM ET

    The United Kingdom is one of five trillion-dollar economies in western Europe. Its economic strength has allowed it to remain independent of the European Union, and public opinion polls have shown steady, substantial opposition to abandoning the pound for the euro.

  • International Investing: Italy Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 4:26 PM ET

    Italy has a diversified, primarily industrial economy with roughly the same total and per capita output as France and the UK. In recent years, it has pursued a tight fiscal policy to meet the requirements of the European Union and has benefited from lower interest and inflation rates.

  • International Investing: Germany Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    Germany's two-trillion-dollar economy emerged from a long period of stagnation last year to post a 2.2% growth rate, cutting unemployment to about 7%. The last two decades have been dominated by the modernization and integration of the economy of the former East Germany, a costly, long-term process.

  • International Investing: France Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 4:23 PM ET

    France is transitioning from an economy featuring extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms. Many large companies have been partially or fully privatized, with the government relinquishing stakes in such big firms as Air France, France Telecom, and Renault. The government continues to hold major interests in the power, public transport, and defense industries.

  • Aker Yards Shares Soar After S. Korea's STX Buys Stake Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 7:48 AM ET

    Shares in Europe's largest shipbuilder, Aker Yards, soared more than 20 percent on Monday after South Korea industrial group STX bought a 4.3 billion kroner ($796 million; 558 million euros) stake in the Oslo-based company.

  • Scottish & Newcastle Says Break-Up Bid is Unwelcome Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 10:02 AM ET

    Britain's Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) said on Wednesday a possible break-up bid from Carlsberg and Heineken was unwelcome and it was confident of its future as an independent company.

  • Euro Stocks Ready to Pause After Rally Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 2:24 AM ET

    European stocks were seen edging lower on Monday, after rallying for nearly three weeks, but losses could be limited as buoyant crude oil prices are expected to lend support to energy shares.

  • Euro-Zone Industrial Output Rose in August Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 8:49 AM ET

    Euro-zone industrial production rose much more than expected in August, the European Union's statistics office said, raising hopes of continued strong growth despite a rising euro and the global credit crunch.

  • Euro-Zone Growth Resists Turmoil: ECB Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 8:47 AM ET

    Financial market turbulence has so far failed to dent the euro zone economy and inflation dangers remain, European Central Bank policymakers said on Friday.

  • Look Who's Worried About the Dollar Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Citizen Bill Clinton just came back from Europe and he says, "It was expensive over there."I asked the former president if he were he still in the White House, would he be concerned about the weakening dollar, and he said he certainly would. "At this level, it's alright, but if it keeps falling it could become precarious," he said.

  • Euro Zone First-Quarter Growth Better than Expected Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 6:40 AM ET

    Euro zone growth turned out better than expected in the first quarter, making the second-quarter slowdown more pronounced, revised data showed on Thursday.

  • European Stocks Finish Mixed as Energy, Banks Fall Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 12:55 PM ET

    The European stock indexes closed mixed Wednesday as declines in the price of oil dragged energy stocks into the red, matching losses in banking shares.

  • Saudi Arabia to Keep Europe Nov. Crude Supply Steady Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 8:32 AM ET

    Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, will keep its crude supply steady to Europe in November but is expected to boost shipments to Asia, industry sources said on Wednesday.