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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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