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Sales of asset-backed securities will jump next year by the most since 2007, to €115 billion, Credit Suisse said in a separate note this month

Euro zone banks may have 1.28 trillion in loans eligible to be packaged and sold to investors, freeing up money to lend, according to Credit Suisse Gr(...)

A tram is seen in downtown Lisbon. Loomis Sayles, which  sold at least part of its Irish bond holdings last year, now likes Portuguese dollar bonds. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Loomis Sayles, the investor that bought Ireland’s government debt before the nation’s 2011 bailout triggered a historic rally, now likes Portugal’s do(...)

An Infineon Technologies semiconductor wafer factory in Regensburg, Germany Photographer: Guenter Schiffmann/Bloomberg

Infineon brushed off concern that it was spending too much to buy US-based International Rectifier, saying the $3 billion (€2.25 billion) cash deal pr(...)

Equity price gains approaching 25 per cent annually will weaken to 3 per cent over the next decade analysts say. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Five years of profit growth exceeding 17 per cent is poised to slow in the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index, reducing returns as the bull market ages, ac(...)

Royal Bank of Scotland has cut lending to Russian companies, following European banks including Societe Generale and Natixis in complying with the latest round of sanctions over Ukraine. Photo: PA Wire

Royal Bank of Scotland, Britain’s largest state-owned lender, said it’s cutting lending to Russian companies, following European banks including Soci(...)

Ryanair finished 0.9 per cent lower at €6.91, with the airline announcing that Howard Millar plans to step down as deputy chief executive and chief financial officer in December

European stocks were little changed, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index capping its fourth straight quarterly gain, as contracts to buy previously owned(...)

French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg (left) and president Francois Hollande. First quarter data released today on the economy missed expectations of analysts. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Weak consumer spending and business investment brought the French economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year, with inventory changes and(...)

French banks Natixis and Société Générale have agreed to fund €120 million of the €300 million of debt required for the project.

Yesterday brought another indication the Irish economy is recovering with the signing of a public-private partnership (PPP) to construct the new N17/N(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank: his comments are  his most explicit yet on what would prompt action by the central bank. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

ECB president Mario Draghi said the European Central Bank might start broad-based asset purchases if the inflation outlook worsens, as he prepa(...)

The deal for Iran to limit its nuclear programme lifted airline stocks as investors decided they are likely to benefit from falling oil prices

European stocks advanced, after posting their first weekly loss since October, as Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme, lifting airline stocks, (...)

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