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Inflation across the single currency bloc fell to 0.7% in January moving closer to deflationary territory

CRH chief executive set to step down

CRH, the building materials group, has announced that its chief executive Myles Lee will retire at the end of the year after five years at the helm and 10 years as an executive director.

Italy fears spark a shares sell-off

Inconclusive election result prompts worries of sovereign debt crisis return

New fears for pound after UK's credit rating drops

Sterling is expected to come under pressure tomorrow following the loss of Britain's gold-plated AAA credit rating.

Hamish McRae: Why Italy needs to vote for austerity

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Eurozone strugglers to win more time to cut their deficits

European Commission to extend deadlines as it slashes growth forecasts

Spain, Portugal and France likely to be spared further austerity despite poor EC forecasts

Spain, Portugal and France are likely be spared pressure by Brussels to impose more austerity, despite forecasts today from the European Commission showing that they will miss their deficit reduction targets.

Eurozone still stuck in reverse thanks to austerity

Deficit-busting targets for a trio of eurozone strugglers have been torpedoed by austerity and the region will not return to growth until next year, worrying new forecasts revealed today.

Rathbones planning to grow as its funds weather storms

Wealth manager Rathbone Brothers has recruited the former boss of Williams de Broë, Philip Howell, as deputy chief executive in a signal that it continues to have ambitious growth plans.

Ferrari drives to its best-ever year

Luxury carmaker Ferrari has declared that 2012 was the best year in its 66-year history.

G20 tension builds over Japan’s efforts to drive down yen

Global finance ministers braced for more skirmishes today in a week of simmering tension over “currency wars” as the G20 gathered in Moscow.

Golden numbers

Still worth taking a shine to gold

The precious metal may have lost some of its lustre as investors rediscover their taste for shares – but don't write it off just yet

Fall in German output worsens recession

A shocking decline for the mighty German economy has sunk the eurozone even deeper into recession.

'UK should avoid a triple-dip recession': But CBI cuts growth forecast

A leading business body has cut its UK growth forecast for this year but said the UK should avoid a triple-dip recession.

Satyajit Das: Europe's stealth integration will exact a heavy toll on Germany

Midweek View: The increase in commitments or debt levels will absorb German savings, crippling the economy

Derek Pain: Bright start is pointing to a sunnier year

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