PARIS (AP) — French conglomerate Bouygues is offering 10.5 billion euros ($14.4 billion) for control of mobile operator SFR telecommunications, entering a bidding war for the Vivendi unit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is questioning the legitimacy of a referendum in Crimea on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia instead.
Oil prices declined further Thursday but stayed above $101 per barrel as concern about Ukraine eased and U.S. supplies rose.
Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was down 13 cents at $101.32 per barrel at 1040 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, oil plunged $1.88, or 1.8 percent, to close at $101.45.
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, are filing a complaint for privacy violations after personal conversations recorded by an ex-aide were released on a French website.
BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders rebounded more than expected in January, driven by demand from outside the 18 countries using the euro.
The Federal Statistical Office said Thursday that orders were up 1.2 percent over December, when adjusted for price, calendar and seasonal factors. Analysts had predicted a 0.9 percent gain.
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has decided to keep its key interest rate at a record low in hopes of strengthening the emerging economic recovery.