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Apr 11, 2014

S&P cuts Finland’s rating outlook, cites political uncertainty

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s on Friday cut its outlook on Finland’s triple-A credit rating from stable to negative, citing persistent growth problems and political uncertainties.

The move pushed spreads between Finnish and benchmark German bonds out to their widest in two weeks.

Apr 8, 2014

Nokia wins Chinese approval for Microsoft deal

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia has won approval from Chinese competition authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp without having to change its main technology patent practices, it said on Tuesday.

The Finnish company agreed in September to sell its flagship business to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro ($7.4 billion) deal. However, it kept its patent portfolio, viewed by analysts as a promising source of future growth.

Apr 1, 2014

Finnish retailer Stockmann freezes Russia expansion over Crimea crisis

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish retailer Stockmann is freezing plans to open more department stores in Russian cities due to the uncertainty caused by the Crimean crisis, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday.

Hannu Penttila, who has headed the company since 2001, told Reuters in an interview that so far the biggest impact of the crisis for the retailer had been through the weaker rouble.

Apr 1, 2014

As Russia growls, Swedes, Finns eye defence options, NATO

STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) – When Russian warplanes staged a mock bombing run on Sweden last year, air defences were caught napping. It was the middle of the night and no Swedish planes were scrambled.

Instead, Danish jets belonging to NATO’s Baltic mission based in Lithuania, took to the air to shadow the Russians.

Mar 26, 2014

Builder YIT must look beyond Finland and Russia, says CEO

HELSINKI, March 26 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Finnish construction group YIT, the biggest foreign
housebuilder in Russia, said the company must look elsewhere for
future growth to safeguard the company’s long-term stability.

Though YIT’s Kari Kauniskangas says the company’s Russian
sales have yet to be affected by the seizure of Crimea,
Finland’s close business ties with Russia mean that European
Union and U.S. sanctions against Moscow have a disproportionate
knock-on effect for the Nordic nation’s companies.

Mar 25, 2014

Left party to exit Finland’s government over budget cuts

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s Left Alliance will quit the government after opposing cuts to welfare spending in the budget, the party’s leader said on Tuesday, but the ruling coalition will retain a parliamentary majority.

The five other parties in the coalition government have accepted the budget and together have 112 seats in the 200-strong parliament. The Left Alliance holds 12 seats.

Mar 24, 2014

Finnish hopes for fragile growth hit by Ukraine crisis

HELSINKI, March 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s takeover of Crimea
has put Europe in an economic quandary, and Finland may be
getting squeezed the hardest of all western European countries.

Finnish politicians support Europe Union unity in action
against Russia in its conflict with Ukraine. But they are
uneasily aware of how sanctions would backfire against Europe’s
and especially Finland’s economy.

Mar 24, 2014

ECB keeping eye on euro exchange rate – Liikanen

HELSINKI (Reuters) – The European Central Bank keeps a close eye on the euro exchange rate to see how it affects inflation, and it stands ready to act if the inflation rate appears headed in the wrong direction, ECB Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen said on Monday.

The euro’s exchange rate is not an ECB policy target, but it has become increasingly relevant in the central bank’s economic assessment. A stronger euro could hamper the 28-country bloc’s recovery and weigh on already-low inflation.

Feb 27, 2014

Fed’s Fisher says happy with pace of QE withdrawal

FRANKFURT, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Dallas Federal Reserve Bank
President Richard Fisher said on Thursday he would like the U.S.
central bank to continue scaling back its monthly bond-buying
stimulus at the current pace of $10 billion at each policy

If U.S. economic growth picked up significantly, Fisher
said, he “of course might be in favour of further reduction”,
but even if he did support such a step, he said he knew he
“wouldn’t win the argument”.

Feb 18, 2014

German investor morale drops unexpectedly in February

MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) – German analyst and investor sentiment fell in February due to concerns that the economic upturn in the United States could lose steam and worries about emerging market economies’ prospects in the medium-term, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The Mannheim-based ZEW economic think tank’s monthly poll of economic sentiment dropped to 55.7 from 61.7 in January, falling well short of the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts for it to hold steady. It was the lowest reading since November.

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