Italy has joined France in contraction, while German factories had their most sluggish month since September last year. By contrast, activity in Greece expanded, while Ireland's factories had their strongest month since late 1999.
Five years after Dubai teetered on the brink of financial disaster, there are signs emerging that the emirate's IPO market is returning to life as the owner of the world's largest shopping mall prepares to sell shares to the public.
European Union antitrust officials have sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook and message service WhatsApp as they probe the proposed $19 billion acquisition of the latter by the California-based tech giant.
Heineken has sold its Mexican packaging business to Crown Holdings for $1.23 billion in cash, allowing the Dutch brewer to tighten its focus on beer and the U.S. group to entrench its beverage-can business in North America.