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Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

From watchmakers to ski resorts, Swiss firms hammered by franc surge

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Switzerland’s companies warned of a plunge in exports, tourist revenues and profits after the country’s central bank scrapped its cap on the Swiss franc, sending the currency soaring up to 30 percent and crushing their competitiveness in world markets.

Analysts said the country’s renowned watchmakers and luxury goods companies, including Swatch and Richemont, were likely to be the biggest casualties, with the starkest mismatch between revenues abroad and costs at home.

Jan 15, 2015
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Jan 14, 2015

Commodity slump hits European shares, ECJ opinion lends support

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – European shares fell on
Wednesday, mirroring a slump in copper and oil prices after the
World Bank cut its global growth forecast for this year.

However, shares trimmed losses after an adviser to Europe’s
top court said an ECB bond-buying programme was legal under some
conditions, potentially smoothing the way for a widely
anticipated quantitative easing package for the euro zone.

Jan 13, 2015

Retail sector fuels gains for Britain’s FTSE 100

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index edged
higher on Tuesday, led by Morrisons after the grocer
announced the departure of its chief executive following its
poor performance during the busy Christmas trading season.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.5 percent at
6,533.95 points by 1131 GMT. However, weaker commodity stocks on
the back of fresh lows for oil and copper prices limited gains.

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