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Dec 5, 2011

SAP falls after pricey SuccessFactors purchase

FRANKFURT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Shares of SAP (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research)
fell on Monday after the German software group announced a $3.4
billion takeover of U.S. web-based services company
SuccessFactors (SFSF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) over the weekend that some analysts say
looks expensive.

SAP shares were down 2.1 percent at 43.78 euros by 1028 GMT,
while Germany’s blue-chip DAX index .GDAXI was up 1 percent.

Dec 2, 2011

Merkel sees debt funds aiding euro confidence: aide

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes her finance minister’s proposal of national funds in Europe for sovereign debt that is over 60 percent of gross domestic product could help restore confidence in the euro, her spokesman said on Friday.

“The chancellor welcomes the proposal of introducing national redemption funds as very interesting,” Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

Dec 2, 2011

Merkel says Kosovo clash shows Serbia not ready for EU

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday clashes between NATO soldiers and Serbs on the border with Kosovo showed Serbia was not yet ready to be a candidate for European Union membership.

“The path of Serbia into the EU can only lead through the normalization of its relations with Kosovo,” Merkel told the German parliament.

Dec 1, 2011

Global corruption index reflects Arab Spring unrest

BERLIN (Reuters) – Awareness of corruption has risen in some Arab countries in the wake of their uprisings earlier this year, a global league table released by Transparency International showed on Thursday.

North Korea was included in the Berlin-based watchdog TI’s annual corruption perceptions index (CPI) for the first time and was judged the most corrupt country, along with Somalia, putting them at the bottom of the table.

Nov 30, 2011

Night ban to cost Lufthansa about $53 mln per year

BERLIN, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Lufthansa Cargo,
the freight arm of Germany’s largest airline, stands to lose
about 40 million euros ($53 million) a year if a night-flight
ban in Frankfurt is made permanent, its finance chief said.

“Those are the additional costs for stopovers in Cologne,
cancelled flights and business that we lost because of the ban,”
Peter Gerber told Reuters on the sidelines of an event late on
Tuesday.

Nov 25, 2011

Will Heidelberg benefit from Manroland’s woes?

FRANKFURT, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Manroland, the
world’s third-biggest printing machine maker, filed for
insolvency on Friday, a move that could give top rivals
Heidelberger Druck and Koenig & Bauer more
market share.

Bears see Heidelberg’s own troubles being too deep and its
business too far from Manroland’s for it to benefit. Bulls,
however, see Heidelberg achieving better prices and increasing
market share.

Nov 14, 2011

Hochtief hit by Greek toll dodging

FRANKFURT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – German construction
group Hochtief revealed it may have to write down the
value of its road contracts in Greece due to mass toll dodging.

The news accompanied a gloomy outlook for 2012 and a warning
that the group might post a loss this year if it fails to sell
its airport business on schedule.

Nov 10, 2011

German state bank to buy EADS stake from Daimler

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – German state-controlled development bank KfW will buy a 7.5 percent stake in Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), maintaining a Franco-German balance of influence over the aerospace company.

The agreement on EADS comes after months of negotiations with the German government, during which Daimler urged Berlin to find a solution so it could focus on its core car and truck businesses and reduce the drag on earnings from EADS.

Nov 9, 2011

Deutsche Post hikes outlook as Asia demand buoys Q3

FRANKFURT, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Deutsche Post DHL
raised its 2011 outlook after robust Asian demand helped it beat
expectations for the third quarter, marking a bright spot in an
industry battered by soaring costs and a weakening global
economy.

“We are not ignoring the possibility that the economic
environment could get rougher, especially in developed
countries,” Chief Executive Frank Appel said in a statement.

Nov 3, 2011

BMW Q3 beats forecasts on robust Chinese demand

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German premium carmaker BMW’s (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) third-quarter earnings surpassed expectations and outperformed rival Mercedes-Benz (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), bolstered by robust growth in China and demand for its 5-Series sedan.

“The Chinese market is still strong in our segment,” Chief Financial Officer Friedrich Eichiner told journalists on a conference call on Thursday.