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Falling prices on radar as euro inflation drops again

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BRUSSELS - Annual inflation in the euro zone fell in July to its lowest since the height of the financial crisis in 2009, keeping the risk of deflation on policymakers' radar but unlikely to spur the European Central Bank into further policy action.

Falling prices on radar as euro inflation drops again 12:10pm BST

BRUSSELS - Annual inflation in the euro zone fell in July to its lowest since the height of the financial crisis in 2009, keeping the risk of deflation on policymakers' radar but unlikely to spur the European Central Bank into further policy action.

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Banks loosen purse strings for euro zone businesses 30 Jul 2014

FRANKFURT - Euro zone banks have loosened their lending terms for businesses for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, reducing one of the chief obstacles to an economic rebound.

German inflation probably eased in July, states data shows 30 Jul 2014

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Europe's largest economy probably slowed in July, data from some German states suggested on Wednesday, probably pushing the euro zone rate lower and raising pressure on the ECB to take action.

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Bundesbank chief welcomes inflation-busting German wage gains 30 Jul 2014

FRANKFURT - Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has welcomed above-inflation wage increases in some sectors in Germany, where price pressures are firmer than in many other euro zone countries but still weak.

Russia sanctions threaten to blow euro zone off course 29 Jul 2014

BERLIN/FRANKFURT - The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the euro zone's budding economic recovery even if it shrugs off the fallout on trade.

Corporate price cutting highlights European deflation threat 29 Jul 2014

LONDON - Weak consumer spending and intense competition among retailers are forcing some makers of packaged goods to lower their prices, intensifying the threat of euro zone deflation.

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ECB balance sheet shrinks in week to July 25 29 Jul 2014

FRANKFURT - The balance sheet of the European Central Bank and the euro zone's national central banks shrank by 18.161 billion euros (14.38 billion pounds) to 2.044 trillion euros in the week that ended on July 25, the ECB said on Tuesday.

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Euro zone may discuss early Irish bailout repayment to IMF 26 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone finance ministers are likely to discuss in September whether to allow Ireland to repay its more expensive bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund before paying back the euro zone bailout fund, a euro zone official said.

Bank lending in Ireland sees steepest fall since late 2011 25 Jul 2014

FRANKFURT - Lending to companies and individuals in Ireland fell at the fastest rate since October 2011 in June, data from the European Central Bank showed on Friday, highlighting one of the impediments to growth in the euro zone.

Turks abroad begin voting in landmark presidential election

BERLIN - Turks in Germany streamed into Berlin's Olympic stadium on Thursday, seizing the chance to vote from abroad for the first time in an election Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make him Turkey's first directly-elected president.

Braving weak French economy, investors pile into its property

PARIS - Undeterred by a stagnant local economy and falling rents, yield-starved investors are pouring capital into France's commercial real estate market at the fastest rate since the start of the financial crisis.

Ex-hedge fund chief Micalizzi loses appeal against UK ban, fine

LONDON - The Italian former head of defunct UK hedge fund Dynamic Decisions on Wednesday lost his appeal against a multi-million pound fine and a ban from holding any role in Britain's financial sector.

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