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Euro zone manufacturing growth slows again in September as inflation fades - PMI

- Manufacturing growth in the euro zone slowed further in September as new orders contracted for the first time in over a year on dwindling demand at home and from abroad, a business survey showed on Wednesday.

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Dollar gain hits commodities; stocks drop for quarter 30 Sep 2014

NEW YORK - The dollar advanced on Tuesday after weak euro zone inflation data for September heightened expectations of stimulus from the European Central Bank, while world stock markets recorded their largest quarterly drop in more than two years.

Greek banks win restructuring plan reprieve in ECB tests - sources 30 Sep 2014

LONDON/ATHENS/FRANKFURT - Greece has won an important concession from the European Central Bank (ECB) that could help its top four lenders pass a landmark review of the euro zone's banking sector, three sources familiar with the process told Reuters.

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Euro zone inflation slows in September, weakens euro vs dollar 30 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone inflation slowed again in September as some food and energy prices fell, a first estimate showed, reinforcing expectations the ECB will ease policy further and sending the euro to a two-year low.

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Stagnant French consumer spending offers economy little respite 30 Sep 2014

PARIS - French consumer spending largely stagnated in July and August, offering little support to the euro zone's second-biggest economy as it struggles to mount a convincing recovery.

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Steady German inflation could prop up euro zone rate 29 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Europe's largest economy rose more than expected in September, data showed on Monday, potentially helping to keep euro zone rate stable, but remained low enough to keep pressure on the European Central Bank to revive the euro zone economy.

Germany's Bundesbank says need solid finances for growth 29 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Solid public finances are a key precondition for achieving economic growth, the head of Germany's influential central bank said on Monday, undercoring a divide between the euro zone's biggest country and the bloc's central bank.

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Euro zone sentiment worsens in Sept, inflation expectations fall 29 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone economic sentiment deteriorated in September to levels last seen in late 2013 and inflation expectations among households and producers alike continued to fall.

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German economy minister: 2014 GDP growth could be less than forecast 28 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany could grow less in 2014 than the 1.8 percent forecast by the government early this year, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview published on Sunday, although he added the country was still in good shape compared to euro zone peers.

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Weak euro zone lending data underscores need for ECB stimulus 25 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - Lending to euro zone households and companies contracted for the 28th month in a row in August, though at a slower pace, putting a keener spotlight on European Central Bank efforts to get credit flowing again. | Video

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Commerzbank to cut 60-70 fixed income, currency jobs - sources

FRANKFURT - Germany's second biggest lender Commerzbank is cutting 60 to 70 jobs in its fixed income and currencies (FIC) division in Frankfurt as it adjusts to declining demand, several sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

France defies EU partners with 'no austerity' budget

PARIS - France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.

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Rights group urges Europe to press Thai leader on rights on Italy trip

BANGKOK - A human rights group on Tuesday urged the European Union to press Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha to protect human rights and restore democracy quickly when he travels to Italy for a summit of Asian and European leaders. | Video

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