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Euro zone may discuss early Irish bailout repayment to IMF


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.


Euro zone private sector loans contract less in June - ECB 25 Jul 2014

FRANKFURT - A decline in lending to households and firms in the euro zone slowed slightly in June and money supply grew, as the European Central Bank's new stimulus measures find their way through the system.

Eurogroup's Wieser sees euro zone reforms biting slowly - paper 25 Jul 2014

VIENNA - Reforms to cut public and private debt in euro zone countries could take up to a decade to have a sustainable effect on growth in the bloc, the head of the Eurogroup's working group told a newspaper.


Global economy starts second half on solid footing - PMIs 24 Jul 2014

- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest in 18 months in July, while the euro zone's private sector also perked up, but the pace of U.S. manufacturing expansion slowed.


ECB's Mersch says sees revival of money markets - media 24 Jul 2014

WARSAW - There is a revival in the euro zone money market, but levels of liquidity have still not returned to where they were before the global financial crisis, European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch said.


Euro zone confidence falls in July, bodes ill for recovery 23 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - Consumer confidence in the euro zone deteriorated much more than expected in July, adding to worries about the health of the bloc's economic recovery, European Commission preliminary data showed on Wednesday.


Don't risk market confidence by bending budget rules - EU economy czar 17 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone countries must beware of bending budget rules in the quest for economic growth, the EU's new economics czar said on Thursday, suggesting some proposals from France and Italy sought too much leeway.

Deflation still threatens euro zone, growth steady at best 17 Jul 2014

- There is little chance of a significant rebound in the euro zone economy in the next two years as low inflation and high unemployment keeps the currency bloc lagging behind its peers, a Reuters poll found on Thursday.


Euro zone June inflation unchanged at low levels as expected 17 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone inflation stayed low as expected in what the European Central Bank calls the "danger zone" in June as falling prices of food and phone calls offset more expensive tobacco and restaurants, data showed on Thursday.

Commerzbank deepens job cuts in toughened savings plan - sources

FRANKFURT - Commerzbank , Germany's second-biggest bank, is widening the scope of its savings programme and plans to shed more than 450 jobs on top of an ongoing restructuring plan, three people familiar with the matter said.

Thousands march in French city of Marseille in support of Israel

MARSEILLE France - Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France on Sunday to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza, organisers said.


Costa Concordia completes its voyage to the scrap yard

GENOA Italy - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port on Sunday, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives. | Video

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