Europe's Sputtering Small Companies, LivingSocial Loses Less, Beekeepers Protest: April 29

Illustration by André da Loba

A survey of European small businesses painted a gloomy picture of the region’s economy, and it may compel the European Central Bank to lower its main interest rate, writes Jack Ewing. [New York Times]

Daily deals site LivingSocial reported operating losses of $44 million in the first quarter of 2013, which is about half as much as it lost in the year-before period, writes Thomas Heath. [Washington Post]

Gabrielle Karol interviews the uncle-nephew team that runs F.X. Matt Brewing, maker of Saranac beer. [Fox Business]

British beekeepers demonstrated outside the British Parliament to argue for a ban on pesticides blamed for a recent drop in bee populations. [USA Today]

Rachel Crane visits TechShop, a fabrication studio in San Francisco that gives members cheap access to powerful manufacturing tools (video). [Bloomberg Television]

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