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(MENAFN - AFP) Consumer prices in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, did not rise in September, data showed on Tuesday, amid concerns that prices could actually begin to fall again in the 19-country eurozone.

Germany's national inflation yardstick, the consumer price index, showed zero change this month, after rising by a meagre 0.2 percent the previous month, the federal ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Japan Tobacco said Tuesday it will buy the Natural American Spirit brand outside the United States for roughly $5.0 billion from Reynolds American.

The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2016, JT said in its statement.

The brand has seen "strong growth momentum in the US, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the UK and others," the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets were steadier on Tuesday after opening the week with heavy losses, while the share price of mining giant Glencore enjoyed a modest recovery.

Volkswagen was flat after the previous day's tumble but Wolseley, the British supplier of plumbing and heating products, plunged in the wake of a poorly-received annual earnings update.

Approaching ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Vietnam's economic growth accelerated in the third quarter, official figures showed Tuesday, boosted by strong foreign manufacturing investment, in stark contrast to many of its neighbours.

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 6.81 percent in the third quarter, according to General Statistics Office estimates, up from 6.47 percent in the second quarter and 6.12 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China will set an annual cap on cash withdrawals overseas using domestic bank cards, state media said Tuesday, as fears over capital outflows in the world's second largest economy grow.

China UnionPay -- which provides almost all the country's bank cards -- will limit annual withdrawals to 100,000 yuan ($16,000) each year, China National Radio (CNR) said.

Effective ...

(MENAFN - AFP) German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday that 1.8 million of its commercial vehicles worldwide are fitted with the sophisticated software enabling them to cheat emission tests.

A company spokesman said the number is part of the 11 million vehicles worldwide that VW has said are affected by the scandal, as the world's biggest carmaker slides deeper into its ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Volkswagen's home town of Wolfsburg in northern Germany has imposed an immediate freeze on spending and hiring in case its finances are hit by the massive pollution test scam engulfing the carmaker, city officials announced.

"Even if our town is debt-free and we've been able to build up reserves, we can expect to see a sharp drop in business tax," Wolfsburg's ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Adrian Hernandez says he can't remember a year as dry as 2015, which has nearly cost him his farm and turned him from a climate change skeptic into a true believer.

Hernandez, who runs a coffee plantation in northern Costa Rica, says he is just barely scraping by after tripling the amount of fungicide he uses, paying high irrigation bills and still harvesting ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Will the good old coloring book make the cut Or do the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have what it takes

The National Toy Hall of Fame is out to determine which old favorites are worthy of its hallowed halls of fun.

Twelve 2015 finalists, announced Monday, include American Girl dolls, Battleship, the coloring book, Jenga, Playmobil, the puppet, the scooter, ...

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