News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

Commodities in turmoil on devastation in Japan

Global commodities markets were plunged into chaos yesterday as traders across the world struggled with the economic implications of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Bank of Japan to support markets as state fears economic impact of quake

The Bank of Japan is ready to step in and stabilise the country's financial markets with an injection of up to Y3 trillion (£22.8bn) into the banking system today, as a senior government official admitted the economic impact of the disaster could be "considerable".

Japan earthquake: latest developments

Following are main developments in the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northeast Japan yesterday.

Stephen King: Split beyond belief – so where next for the Bank and for mortgage rates?

What's gone wrong? Why can't the experts on the Monetary Policy Committee see eye to eye?

Stephen King: China baulks at sharing the West's post-party hangover

The US may soon switch on its monetary printing press to churn out more dollars, benefiting its exporters even as other nations lose out

Market Report: Telecity falls back as deal hopes take a hit

A negative update by a US peer dampened the mood around Telecity, the data centres group, which fell back as the market rallied last night.

Cuts threaten to knock recovery as jobs 'flatline'

The British economy is facing a sharp slowdown during the third quarter, with a possible contraction arriving at the end of the year.

Japan returns to zero rates

The Bank of Japan pledged to pump ¥5 trillion (£38bn) into the struggling economy and returned to a zero interest-rate policy yesterday, surprising markets with a fresh dose of economic stimulus.

Market Report: Drax switched off as brokers lure the bears

A round of negative broker comment ensured a negative ending for Drax, the power station operator which fell nearly 11 per cent at one point yesterday.

Stephen King: It's all very clear how Japan lost a decade, but will others make the same mistake?

Outlook: Unless a decent recovery is already in the bag, the public will have doubts about the potency of policymakers and the tools at their disposal

Japan tries to curb sharp rise of yen

The Japanese government is putting together a Y920bn (£7bn) stimulus package and the Bank of Japan is increasing its bank lending programme by Y10,000 trillion in an effort to curb the steep rise of the yen and support the country's fragile economic recovery.

Euro leaders try to stem panic as Greek crisis goes global

$20bn poured into Asian market as share values plunge from New York to Tokyo

The world seeks an exit strategy

Ben Bernanke must today begin explaining how the US will pull back from the unprecedented monetary and fiscal support given to the economy after the credit crisis. It is a debate going on across the globe

Battered JAL soars on another £1.34bn government loan

There was no let-up in Japan Airlines' rollercoaster ride yesterday as news of further financial support from the government sent the group's shares soaring an unprecedented 31 per cent.

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