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Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review

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LONDON/FRANKFURT - At around noon on Thursday, the euro zone's 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector.

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German survey props up European shares 10:02am BST

LONDON - Stock markets in Europe recovered from a poor start on Thursday after a batch of more optimistic than expected surveys of German and euro zone purchasing managers leavened an otherwise shaky mood.

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Euro zone business growth unexpectedly gains pace, prices still falling - PMI 9:36am BST

LONDON - Euro zone businesses performed much better than anyone expected this month but did so by slashing prices again, and optimism about the future fell to its lowest level in over a year, surveys showed on Thursday.

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Bank of England minutes add to signs rate hike on back burner 22 Oct 2014

LONDON - Most Bank of England policymakers are firmly against raising interest rates, seeing little evidence of inflation pressures while the slowing euro zone poses growing risks, minutes of their latest meeting showed.

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Euro zone banks to repay 4.5 billion euros of LTRO money next week - traders 20 Oct 2014

- Banks in the euro zone will next week repay 4.5 billion euros (3.56 billion pounds) of the long-term loans taken roughly three years ago to weather the financial crisis, a Reuters poll of euro zone money market traders found.

France says respects budget rules, Germany says EU must decide 20 Oct 2014

BERLIN - France's finance minister said after talks in Berlin on Monday that the European Union's fiscal rules were indispensable for the credibility of the euro zone and Paris must reduce its excessive budget deficit by cutting spending.

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ECB starts buying covered bonds in fight to revive euro zone economy 20 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT/PARIS - The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy and keep deflation at bay.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 20 Oct 2014

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 19 Oct 2014

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Euro zone avoids stagnation in second quarter under new accounting method - Eurostat 17 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The euro zone economy slowed in the second quarter but is not stagnating yet, data showed on Friday, as the European Union's statistics office revised up its numbers after changing to a new accounting standard.

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German private sector expands in October, eases growth concerns - PMI

BERLIN - Germany's private sector grew faster in October as manufacturing rebounded, suggesting Europe's largest economy may be gaining momentum in the fourth quarter, a survey showed on Thursday.

Safran shares rise on third-quarter revenues, confident outlook

PARIS - France's Safran posted solid third-quarter sales and said it would easily meet 2014 profit forecasts on Thursday, pushing its shares up as aerospace investors put aside recent concerns over the economy.

Swiss retailer apologises after Hitler pictured on dairy creamer

ZURICH - Swiss retailer Migros apologised on Wednesday after dairy creamers decorated with images of Adolf Hitler and Italian fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini found their way into restaurants in Switzerland.

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