FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Union's markets watchdog said on Wednesday that it was reviewing Germany's financial reporting set-up in the wake of Wirecard's collapse as Germany widened its own investigation into the failed company. The assessment by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will focus on Germany's financial supervisor BaFin and the accounting watchdog - the privately-owned Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (FREP)
By Marc Jones and Swati Pandey LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - World shares climbed towards a four-month high on Wednesday with the euro and oil in tow, as hopes for a coronavirus vaccine offset rising tensions between the United States and China. Asia had a choppy session after more barbs between Beijing and Washington over Hong Kong, but near 1% gains for London, Frankfurt, Paris and Milan early on and a rise in Wall Street futures blew away any caution.
BENGALURU (Reuters) - India's Infosys Ltd on Wednesday reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit, as the software services firm managed to secure large client deals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infosys signed $1.74 billion worth of large deals in the three months to June 30, it said in a statement. That was higher than the $1.65 billion in the preceding quarter, but lower than a year earlier
By Eileen Soreng (Reuters) - Gold prices on Wednesday retreated from a one-week high hit earlier in the session as other assets rose, but was kept above the key $1,800 level by simmering U.S.-China tensions and mounting coronavirus cases. Spot gold dipped 0.1% to $1,805.97 per ounce by 1215 GMT, having hit its highest since July 9 at $1,814.40
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday he knows nothing about resignation plans by members of his top finance team amid conflicting media reports. Thai online media reports said Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana and economic policy guru and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak would announce their resignations soon, though other media reports said the ministers were not quitting
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The European Union seeks an "ambitious" free trade deal with India although "we're not there yet", European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday. "But, with this high level trade and investment dialogue, we hope to advance things and to promote our common interest in moving forward towards a free trade agreement," von der Leyen, who was speaking from Brussels, she told reporters at an EU-India summit held via video-conference
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Policymakers will pay greater care to the legal foundations of corporate tax reforms after an EU order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.9 billion) in Irish back taxes was rejected in court, Ireland's finance minister said on Wednesday. "I imagine that one of the consequences of this is that care will be given for what are the legal foundations for pursuing change in this area, and maybe that is the most likely development of the ruling," Paschal Donohoe told a news conference. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Edmund Blair)
By Gabriel Burin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A historic recession in Latin America will likely drag on before Brazil, the region's No. 1 economy, starts fixing a dire budget shortfall that tops the list of threats along with the persistent coronavirus pandemic, a Reuters poll showed
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for Donald Trump told a federal judge on Wednesday they plan further challenges to the Manhattan district attorney's efforts to see the U.S. president's financial records, despite a U.S
By Howard Schneider and Brad Heath (Reuters) - The Paycheck Protection Program appears to have thrown a critical safety net under U.S. middle and upper-middle-wage jobs, but it faltered when it comes to lower-paying positions and the industries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters analysis of loan details
MILAN (Reuters) - Benetton-led Atlantia on Wednesday agreed to give up its stake in its motorway unit to avoid the threatened cancellation of its lucrative operating concession. The deal, to be finalised in coming weeks, ends a dispute over the infrastructure group's motorway concession triggered by the deadly collapse of a motorway bridge in Genoa in 2018
By Herbert Lash and Marc Jones NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - World shares strode to four-month highs on Wednesday as hopes for a coronavirus vaccine offset rising U.S.-China tensions and helped lift the euro and oil prices too.
By Andy Bruce and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation rose unexpectedly last month, spurred by rising prices for in-demand video game consoles during the coronavirus lockdown, official data showed on Wednesday. Consumer price inflation increased to 0.6% in June from May's four-year low of 0.5%, pushed up also by the lack of traditional summer clothing sales last month after retailers slashed prices during the lockdown earlier in the year. The average forecast in a Reuters poll of economists was for the rate to fall to 0.4%.
By Eileen Soreng (Reuters) - Gold rose to a one-week high on Wednesday, holding comfortably above the key $1,800 level, on safe-haven demand fuelled by concerns over brewing U.S.-China tensions and their impact on a global economy already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Spot gold was up 0.1% to $1,809.61 per ounce at 0940 GMT, having hit its highest since July 9 at $1,814.40. U.S.
By Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it would record charges of up to $3 billion in the current quarter for buyout packages aimed at reducing costs while avoiding involuntary furloughs in the fall. U.S.
MILAN (Reuters) - The Benetton family started building its fortune in the 1960s with a small Italian knitwear factory and ended up at the head of an empire that controls infrastructure, shops and shares in listed companies. Revenue of Edizione, the family's holding company, rose to almost 18 billion euros last year with the groups it controls employing around 100,000 people. * 1955 - Luciano, the eldest of the four Benetton siblings, begins to sell the colourful sweaters his sister Giuliana is creating at home in Treviso, in the northeast of Italy.
By Derek Francis BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares pared nearly all gains on Wednesday, as Reliance Industries weighed on indexes after it failed to meet investor expectations at its annual general meeting, while a surge in IT stocks capped losses. The NSE Nifty 50 index and the S&P BSE Sensex both fell from a session high of over 2% and ended with modest gains of 0.1% and 0.05%, respectively
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Luxury brand Burberry said on Wednesday it would cut about 500 jobs globally, including 150 British-based office roles, as it forecast no quick recovery in demand, particularly from high-spending tourists. The company announced the layoffs alongside a 45% drop in first-quarter like-for-like sales, reflecting store closures following lockdowns in Europe and the United States and a dearth of long-haul travellers. Chief Executive Marco Gobbetti said it would take time for demand to return to pre-crisis levels, but he was "encouraged by the improving trends in all regions" and a revival in sales towards the end of June
By Jiraporn Kuhakan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand opened its twice-postponed annual auto show to the public on Wednesday in the country's first large-scale event since coronavirus restrictions eased, with nearly all attendees wearing masks and face shields. Thailand is a major regional car production hub and its previous motor shows booked over a million people in attendance. Thermal scans were at the entrance to the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show and temperatures were measured as people visited booths, where waiting spots were prepared to ensure physical distancing
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Reliance Industries on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Google will buy a 7.7% stake in its digital unit for $4.5 billion, winning the backing of another U.S. tech giant after Facebook Inc in late April. With Google's investment, strategic and financial investors have committed a total of 1.52 trillion rupees ($20.22 billion) in the last few months, Reliance chairman and billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani said at the company's annual shareholders meeting hosted via a webcast.