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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Luxottica confirms 2017 guidance after hurricanes hit third quarter

MILAN Ray-Ban maker Luxottica on Monday confirmed its 2017 guidance even after reporting weak third-quarter sales as hurricane-related store closures hit North America, its biggest market.

09 Oct 2017

ECB still concerned about existing stock of bank bad loans: Mersch

MILAN The European Central Bank wants banks in the euro zone to tackle the stock of bad loans still clogging their balance sheets, Executive Board member Yves Mersch said on Monday.

09 Oct 2017

ECB still concerned about existing stock of bank bad loans - Mersch

MILAN The European Central Bank wants banks in the euro zone to tackle the stock of bad loans still clogging their balance sheets, Executive Board member Yves Mersch said on Monday.

26 Sep 2017

EU to investigate $54 billion Luxottica, Essilor deal

BRUSSELS/MILAN EU antitrust regulators will investigate whether the planned 46-billion-euro ($54 billion) merger of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor could drive out rivals from the market or push up prices.

14 Sep 2017

Carige bets on cash call, debt swap in turnaround effort

MILAN Italy's Banca Carige will cut around 1,000 jobs, almost twice as many as previously envisaged, and try to raise 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) under a new plan to revive its fortunes.

07 Aug 2017

Open Fiber head says well-placed to buy Telecom Italia's network

MILAN Italy's new telecoms network company Open Fiber would be in a good position to buy Telecom Italia's (TIM) network, it said on Monday, adding to a growing debate on whether the former phone monopoly should sell its most prized asset.

04 Aug 2017

Banco BPM agrees $1.3 billion sale of asset manager to Anima

LONDON/MILAN Italy's third-largest bank, Banco BPM , is set to pocket up to 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) from the sale of its asset management business Aletti Gestielle SGR to domestic rival Anima Holding , the companies said.

24 Jul 2017

Luxottica on track with targets and Essilor deal after steady first half

MILAN Italian eyewear group Luxottica is on track to meet full-year targets and win regulatory approval for its planned merger with France's Essilor, it said on Monday, after its first-half underlying operating profit came in just ahead of forecasts.

12 Jul 2017

Bank of Italy says any state-backed 'bad bank' should be voluntary

MILAN Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco welcomed on Wednesday a European Union proposal to set up state-backed vehicles to buy bad loans off banks, but said participation should be voluntary.

27 Jun 2017

Bank bailouts not the end of Italy's bad loans saga

MILAN One of the first things Andrea Ricci did when he was promoted to head the new problem loan division at Italy's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro this year was to launch a recruitment campaign.

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