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

Chinese industry in shock slowdown as exports stall

A shock setback for China’s manufacturers in April fuelled concerns over the world’s second-biggest economy today in the wake  of its slower-than-expected start to the year.

Manufacturing sector on cusp of return to expansion

A “march of the makers” may finally be on the way more than two years after the Chancellor predicted it, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said today.

Eurosceptic: Nigel Farage expects a political earthquake this week

The best place to change the EU is the EU

A former European Commissioner for Trade says David Cameron is wrong to pick a fight with Europe

Hamish McRae: Wanted - Confidence booster from ECB

Economic View

James Moore: George Osborne dodges this bullet but trouble looms on the southern horizon

Outlook The sighs of relief from the Treasury could be heard echoing throughout Westminster, Whitehall, and beyond. No triple dip! GDP is growing again! The slight problem with this is that it's a bit like counting your winnings before your horse has cleared the final fence. Yesterday's provisional numbers, even if they were better than expectations, are still subject to revision because all the data is not yet in.

Analysis: Economic recovery - a sprint that became a painful marathon

"We've always said the road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint" said the Business Secretary Vince Cable today in response to the GDP figures. Talk about rewriting history.

Enrico Letta nominated as Italy's new prime minister

Former deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party to form new government

Now German troubles add to the eurozone's pain

The misery of the eurozone is not abating with the German powerhouse back in trouble, according to the latest snapshot of activity in the single currency area.

George Osborne's credibility may take another hit, after Fitch credit rating agency downgraded the UK's rating

George Osborne defends IMF criticism of his economic strategy

Chancellor George Osborne has rejected criticism of his economic austerity strategy by the International Monetary Fund.

Hamish McRae: What hope if Germany is floundering?

Economic View

New car sales nosedive in Europe

A dire month saw European new car sales slump 10 per cent in March and put the industry on course for its worst performance in 20 years, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said yesterday.

Osborne has placed great emphasis on the IMF’s support for his fiscal consolidation plans

Double blow for George Osborne as IMF downgrades UK growth forecast and calls for a Plan B

Chancellor has placed great emphasis on IMF’s support for his plans since his first Budget

IMF revises growth down

The International Monetary Fund will this week downgrade its forecast for global growth in 2013 because of drastic US public spending cuts and renewed uncertainty over the eurozone's future.

Market Report: Resolution gets a result for Cowdery

Clive Cowdery's Resolution was in demand yesterday following upgrades from brokers at Barclays Capital and JP Morgan. Analysts at BarCap seemed enthused by a meeting with the insurer's management, who are crunching together the Friends Provident, Axa Life and Bupa businesses that Mr Cowdery acquired after launching the company in 2006.

Pressure on Cyprus to sell off some of its gold

Mediterranean island looks to raise extra €6bn to avoid bankruptcy

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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