European Central Bank chief signals more rate hikes ahead with inflation still ‘strong’June 5, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde said Monday that price pressures are “strong” and made clear that the bank will raise interest rates high enough to bring down inflation and keep them there “for as long as necessary.”
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — As it marks its 25th anniversary Wednesday, the European Central Bank is readying a proposed design for a digital version of the euro, responding to pressure from developing technology that could change how money is used over the bank's next decades.
European Central Bank slows pace of rate hikes but vows moreMay 4, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank slowed the pace of its interest rate increases Thursday, stepping back like the U.S.
Europe’s inflation inches up ahead of interest rate decisionMay 2, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's painful inflation has inched higher, extending the squeeze on households and keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to unleash what could be another large interest rate increase.
ECB’s Lagarde: Future rate hikes open amid banking turmoilMarch 22, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said future interest rate decisions are open after upheaval in the global banking system left the economic outlook “blurrier” than just a few weeks ago.
Europe’s central bank backs big rate hike despite bank chaosMarch 16, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank carried through with a large interest rate increase Thursday, brushing aside predictions it might dial back as U.S.
Europe inflation eases slightly but consumer pain persistsMarch 2, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation eased only slightly in the 20 countries that use the euro currency as the pain from higher costs for food and fuel persists and gives the European Central Bank no reason to slow interest rate increases aimed at getting prices back under control.
European Central Bank hikes rates, vows ‘we are not done’February 2, 2023 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank chugged ahead with another outsized interest rate hike Thursday and vowed more will follow, underlining its drive to subdue inflation even as the economy slows and the U.S.
European inflation eases for 3rd month but prices still biteFebruary 1, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Europe's inflation rate dipped at the start of the year, giving some relief to consumers but still leaving them facing higher prices that have driven protests and will likely press the European Central Bank into another interest rate hike Thursday.
Asian markets rise after Wall St losses amid recession fearsJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street losses deepened as worries grow that the U.S. economy is headed for recession.
Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Seoul declined.
Croatia rings in New Year as fully integrated EU memberJanuary 1, 2023 GMT
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Croatia switched to the shared European currency, the euro, and removed dozens of border checkpoints to join the world’s largest passport-free travel area.
Asian markets follow Wall St lower amid gloomy outlookDecember 20, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets extended their losses Tuesday amid gloom about weaker global economic growth as central banks raise interest rates to cool inflation.
Asian stock markets sink under global recession fearsDecember 19, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell again Monday as investors wrestled with fears the Federal Reserve and European central banks might be willing to cause a recession to crush inflation.
European Central Bank slows rate hikes but vows more aheadDecember 15, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank slowed its record pace of interest rate increases slightly Thursday but promised that more hikes are on the way, joining the U.S.
Europe’s inflation likely hasn’t peaked, ECB’s Lagarde saysNovember 28, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Monday she does not believe inflation has peaked after reaching the highest levels on record.
ECB President Christine Lagarde also told European lawmakers that the bank isn't through raising interest rates to combat those price spikes.
Sweden’s big interest rate hike follows other central banksNovember 24, 2022 GMT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank followed other central banks in undertaking a big increase to its key interest rate to combat inflation, saying Thursday that high prices are undermining people's purchasing power and making it tough for households and companies to plan their finances.
Lagarde warns ECB may do more to rates than remove stimulusNovember 18, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned Friday that the bank may have to raise interest rates beyond merely withdrawing stimulus and into territory that could restrain growth as the bank fights to control record inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro.
European Central Bank: Recession ‘has become more likely’November 16, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank sees an increased likelihood of a recession in the 19 countries that use the euro currency, warning that soaring energy prices and high inflation fed by Russia's war in Ukraine have raised risks for bank losses and turmoil on financial markets.
European Central Bank leader doubles down on rate increasesNovember 4, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank underlined the bank's determination to fight rampant inflation with more interest rate increases on top of record hikes, saying Friday that “our job is far from being completed” and that even a mild recession would not be enough to bring rising prices back under control.
European Central Bank pushes banks to speed up climate workNovember 2, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is warning that many of the financial institutions it oversees are moving too slowly to shield themselves and Europe's banking system from the impact of climate change, and it is setting new deadlines to meet those requirements.
Europe sees fastest pace of rate hikes since euro launchedOctober 27, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank piled on another outsized interest rate hike aimed at squelching out-of-control inflation, increasing rates at the fastest pace in the euro currency’s history and underscoring the bank's determination to control prices despite the threat of recession.
Asian stocks mixed ahead of US GDP update, Europe rates callOctober 27, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday ahead of an update on the U.S.
Europe’s outlook ‘darkening,’ ECB head hedges on recessionSeptember 26, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Monday that the economic outlook “is darkening” and she expects business activity to “slow substantially” in the coming months as high energy and food prices pushed up by the war in Ukraine sap consumer spending power.
Europe’s central bank to use climate scores as it buys bondsSeptember 19, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank said Monday that it will give corporations climate scores before it buys their bonds and intends to prioritize those doing more to reveal and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, filling in details of its efforts to help Europe meet its environmental goals.
Asian shares rise after Wall Street rise, Fed Chair commentsSeptember 9, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Asian benchmarks rose Friday, cheered by gains on Wall Street as comments from the Federal Reserve chairman assured markets on the expected rate rise.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.4% in morning trading to 28,181.50.
How major US stock indexes fared Thursday 9/8/2022September 8, 2022 GMT
The stock market recovered from a midday stumble and ended higher, staying on track for its first weekly gain in four weeks.
The S&P 500 rose 0.7% Thursday. The Nasdaq composite and the Dow Jones Industrial average also ended higher after bumpy rides of their own.
European Central Bank makes largest-ever interest rate hikeSeptember 8, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank made its largest-ever interest rate increase Thursday, following the U.S.
Inflation hits 9.1% in countries using euro currencyAugust 31, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency hit another record in August, fueled by soaring energy prices mainly driven by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Annual inflation in the eurozone’s 19 countries rose to 9.1%, up from 8.9% in July, according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the European Union statistics agency Eurostat.
Business Highlights: Cool housing market, jobless claimsJuly 21, 2022 GMT
Housing market chills as mortgage rates, prices scare buyers
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising mortgage rates have combined with already high home prices to discourage would-be buyers. Mortgage applications have declined sharply.
Europe’s central bank backs larger-than-expected rate hikeJuly 21, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank raised interest rates Thursday for the first time in 11 years by a larger-than-expected amount, joining steps already taken by the U.S.
Italy political turmoil a headache for Europe’s central bankJuly 20, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's offer to resign has sent unsettling ripples through financial markets, bringing back bad memories of Europe's debt crisis a decade ago and complicating the European Central Bank's job as it raises interest rates for the first time in 11 years to combat record inflation.
Asian markets rise ahead of US inflation dataJuly 13, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday as investors waited for U.S. inflation data some worry might lead to more interest rate hikes.
Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul rose. Sydney declined.
European Central Bank head targeted in hacking attemptJuly 12, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — The European Central Bank said Tuesday that its president, Christine Lagarde, was targeted in a hacking attempt but no information was compromised.
The attempt took place “recently,” the Frankfurt-based central bank for the 19 countries that use the euro said in an emailed response to a query about a report by Business Insider.
Croatia clears final hurdle to adopting the euro next yearJuly 12, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday removed the final obstacles to Croatia adopting the euro, enabling the first expansion of the currency bloc in almost a decade as the exchange rate fell to its weakest level against the dollar in 20 years.
Report: Europe’s banks need to raise game on climate riskJuly 8, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's banks aren't sufficiently considering risks from climate change and must “urgently step up efforts” to make sure they understand the possible impact of floods, wildfires and losses on investments.
Powell: ‘No guarantee’ Fed can tame inflation, spare jobsJune 29, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said there's “no guarantee'' the central bank can tame runaway inflation without hurting the job market.
Europe’s central bank ready to ‘stamp out’ surging inflationJune 28, 2022 GMT
SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Tuesday that it will move gradually to combat soaring consumer prices with interest rate hikes in July and September but will keep its options open to “stamp out" inflation if it surges faster than expected.
EU leaders endorse Croatia’s switch to euro currencyJune 24, 2022 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday that Croatia will join the group of countries using the euro, bringing the number of nations sharing the currency to 20 starting in January.
“The euro is the monetary expression of our shared destiny and has been part of our European dream," said EU Council President Charles Michel, who chaired a summit of bloc leaders in Brussels.
European Central Bank vows backstop against market turmoilJune 15, 2022 GMT
A European Central Bank poised to raise interest rates for the first time in 11 years vowed Wednesday to create an unspecified market backstop that could buffer member countries against financial turmoil like that seen during a debt crisis more than a decade ago.
Business Highlights: Tumbling US stocks, inflation crunchJune 9, 2022 GMT
Stocks tumble as rate pressures grow, inflation report looms
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks on Wall Street tumbled Thursday following the latest reminder that central banks now care more about fighting inflation than propping up markets.
How major US stock indexes fared ThursdayJune 9, 2022 GMT
Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street Thursday following the latest reminder that central banks now care more about fighting inflation than propping up markets.
The S&P 500 fell and is on track for its ninth losing week in the last 10.
Europe’s central bank to hike rates in July, 1st in 11 yearsJune 9, 2022 GMT
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Central Bank will raise interest rates next month for the first time in 11 years and add another hike in September, catching up with other central banks worldwide as they pivot from supporting the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic to squelching soaring inflation.
Asian shares fall as oil lingers above $120, yen sinksJune 9, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday as investors watched for fresh signs of inflation and crude oil prices hovered above $120 a barrel, adding to price pressures.
Benchmarks declined across the region, except in Tokyo, where a weakening yen sent issues of some Japanese exporters higher.
European Central Bank chief signals possible July rate hikeMay 23, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The president of the European Central Bank on Monday gave the clearest sign yet that policymakers will aim to raise interest rates as soon as July to ease surging inflation.
European Central Bank gives no clear date for rate hikesApril 14, 2022 GMT
The head of the European Central Bank reiterated Thursday that the bank would raise interest rates “some time after” ending its pandemic stimulus efforts later this year, sticking to a gradual path even as the United States, United Kingdom and other countries take a harder line to combat soaring consumer prices.
European Central Bank head says she’s positive for COVID-19April 7, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde tweeted Thursday that she tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms but will continue working from home.
“I am vaccinated and boosted, and my symptoms are thankfully reasonably mild,” Lagarde, 66, wrote on Twitter.
European Central Bank chief: No data suggests stagflationMarch 30, 2022 GMT
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — No data currently suggests Europe will fall into stagflation, a combination of high inflation, little or no economic growth and high unemployment, the European Central Bank 's president said Wednesday.
Cyprus’ RCB Bank to close, cites Russia’s Ukraine invasionMarch 24, 2022 GMT
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — RCB Bank in Cyprus said Thursday an “extremely volatile geopolitical situation” has prompted it to wind down operations and turn itself into an asset management company.
The announcement came exactly a month after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Europe’s central bank to speed up end to economic stimulusMarch 10, 2022 GMT
The European Central Bank said Thursday that it will make an early exit from its economic stimulus efforts as it combats record inflation that threatens to go ever higher as energy prices soar during Russia's war in Ukraine.
With sanctions, Russian Sberbank faces ‘failure’ in EuropeFebruary 28, 2022 GMT
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Faced with a rush of people withdrawing money, Sberbank and the Russian bank’s subsidiaries in southeastern and central Europe are facing closures or takeovers following international sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.
Asian stocks mixed after Wall St falls amid rate hike uneaseFebruary 8, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street fell as investors watched for signs of whether global central banks will try to cool inflation by speeding up the withdrawal of economic stimulus.
Europe’s central bank worried about inflation but holds offFebruary 3, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said record inflation could linger for “longer than expected” and appeared to open the door at least a crack for an interest rate increase this year.
Inflation in 19 countries using the euro hits another recordFebruary 2, 2022 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation fed by high oil and gas prices hit record levels in Europe for the third month in a row, extending pain for consumers and sharpening questions about future moves by the European Central Bank.
Senior ECB official: rate rise too soon could choke recoveryJanuary 15, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — A senior European Central Bank official says that raising interest rates prematurely could “choke off the recovery,” comments that come as inflation in the 19-nation euro area has hit a record rate.
Europe’s shared notes and coins turn 20 at New Year’sDecember 31, 2021 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is celebrating the 20th anniversary of euro notes and coins as member countries wrestle with the pandemic's impact on the economy and the European Union forges a new level of financial cooperation to help boost the recovery.
German government chooses Joachim Nagel to head central bankDecember 20, 2021 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — The new German government has chosen an experienced central banker and former board member of Germany's state-owned development bank to head the country's central bank, the finance minister said Monday.
Business Highlights: UK lifts rates, tech-heavy Nasdaq sinksDecember 16, 2021 GMT
UK raises interest rates as central banks focus on inflation
LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s central bank has become the first in a major advanced economy to raise interest rates since the coronavirus pandemic began.
How major US stock indexes fared ThursdayDecember 16, 2021 GMT
Technology companies led stocks lower on Wall Street Thursday as investors weighed the implications of higher interest rates as the Federal Reserve prepares to begin raising rates next year to fight inflation.
UK raises interest rates as central banks focus on inflationDecember 16, 2021 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's central bank on Thursday became the first in a major advanced economy to raise interest rates since the coronavirus pandemic began, as banks controlling monetary policy around the globe shift their focus from stimulating the economy to combating soaring consumer prices that arrived during the recovery.
European Central Bank to taper pandemic stimulus, but gentlyDecember 16, 2021 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank decided Thursday to avoid an abrupt end to its pandemic crisis support for the economy as the new omicron variant of COVID-19 stirs uncertainty about the recovery, despite inflation hitting record highs and the U.S.