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Euro zone price discounting drives growth in activity

By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) – Price discounting drove growth in all of the euro zone’s major economies in March, helping business activity increase at its fastest rate for nearly a year, a survey showed on Tuesday. New orders came in at their fastest rate since May 2011 and the survey found that companies have […]

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April 7, 2015
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Euro zone deflation eases, unemployment drops

Deflation in the euro zone persisted in March but the rate of decline slowed, further easing concerns that the economy faces a dangerous spiral of falling consumer prices.  Prices in the 19-nation euro zone were down 0.1% in March, less than the drop of 0.3% in February with low energy costs still impacting the […]

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March 31, 2015
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Euro zone price fall slows as expected, deflation fears ease

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone consumer prices fell again in March, as expected, but the decline was the smallest this year, indicating the price of goods and services could start rising again soon. Meanwhile, the region’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest in almost three years, a sign the economy is picking […]

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March 31, 2015
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Higher German prices could help spur euro zone inflation

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – German consumer prices rose in March for the first time this year when harmonised to compare with other European Union countries, and could help spur euro zone inflation. EU-harmonised consumer prices were up 0.1 percent on the year in Europe’s largest economy after dropping 0.1 percent in February, preliminary […]

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March 30, 2015
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Gold near 2-1/2 week high on U.S. rate expectations

By Jan Harvey LONDON (Reuters) – Gold held near 2-1/2 week highs on Wednesday as upbeat euro zone economic data supported the euro versus the dollar, and as expectations receded that a U.S. interest rate rise is imminent. The metal’s five-day rally to Tuesday, its longest since January last year, came after Federal Reserve chair […]

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Strong euro zone business data sends euro, shares higher

* Better-than-expected European PMIs boost euro, hurt dollar * Gauge shows China factory activity skids to 11-month low * Cautious Fed view on rate hike keeps dollar off recent highs By Jemima Kelly LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – The euro rose and European shares edged up on Tuesday, responding to signs the euro zone economy […]

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March 24, 2015
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek pledge and cautious Fed soothe investors

* Euro set for best week in over two years * U.S. stocks set to open higher on weakening dollar * Brent set to rack up third weekly price drop * Greek yields fall after Athens’ assurances (Updates prices, adds U.S. stocks) By John Geddie LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – The euro headed for its […]

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Greek pledge and cautious Fed soothe investors

By John Geddie LONDON (Reuters) – The euro headed for its best week in more than two years on Friday while yields on low-rated bonds fell as investors welcomed the Fed’s caution on rate hikes and a reform pledge from Athens that could avert a cash crunch. Illustrating the problems low inflation is causing for […]

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US firms use cheap euros to access dollars, but window closing

By Jamie McGeever LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – The stark divergence between U.S. and euro zone monetary policy has made it more attractive than ever for U.S. companies to raise cash in euros and swap it back into dollars this year, but that window of opportunity could be closing. The euro/dollar cross currency basis swap, […]

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March 18, 2015
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U.S. firms use cheap euros to access dollars, but window closing

By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) – The stark divergence between U.S. and euro zone monetary policy has made it more attractive than ever for U.S. companies to raise cash in euros and swap it back into dollars this year, but that window of opportunity could be closing. The euro/dollar cross currency basis swap, effectively the […]

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