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Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Just what the euro needs - another new member with a creaking economy

Croatia already effectively lives with interest rate decisions made by the European Central Bank so it might as well sign up for full membership

Larger transfers get the best exchange rates

British pensioners lose £10.6 billion by living abroad

Research from currency specialists HiFX shows that falls in the pound since the start of the financial crisis have resulted in expat pensioners losing thousands of pounds in income.  We look at ways you can protect yourself.

Japanese exports rise to US and China as the currency tumbles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "shock and awe" tactics to revive the world's third biggest economy paid off in May with the biggest rise in exports since 2010.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Goodbye, the money-launderer's choice: €200 note to be taken out of UK circulation

High-denomination notes vital for cash-only crime business that relies on huge cross-border financial transfers

Stock market rises in Iran after election of reformist-backed president Hasan Rowhani

Iran's stock exchange is climbing for the second day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president.

Eurozone urged to print money to put an end to economic slump

OECD tells the ECB to adopt quantitative easing as it slashes 2013 growth forecast for the single currency area

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Australian cricket fans during a Test match at Lord’s

Strewth mate. Aussies wave goodbye to Britain as it becomes too pricey to stay

The recession has seen Australian expats leave in droves, damaging a specialist economy

A woman who managed to find toilet paper at a private store in Caracas, Venezuela

Toilet rolls run out: An inconvenience or move to destabilize Venezuela?

President blames anti-government forces for causing shortages

Former England international Tom Voyce announces retirement

The wing was part of London Welsh's squad in the Aviva Premiership this season

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

BP warns over millions of dollars of 'fictitious' compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of "fictitious" compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.

James Ashton: Time for us to team up with the Germans after their fallout with France?

Europe’s grand alliance of France and Germany is crumbling like a fresh chèvre. The leaked memo from Angela Merkel’s coalition partners this week only confirmed what everyone else suspects about the French economy under the stewardship of François Hollande.

Satyajit Das: Why relying on devaluation to attain prosperity is a flawed policy

Midweek View: Currency conflicts are merely skirmishes in the broader economic wars between nations and a shift to isolationism

Profits jump at Richemont beats expectations

Richemont, the owner of the website Net-a-Porter and jewellery brands Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, has allayed fears of a slowdown in the luxury goods sector with full-year net profits up 30 per cent, well above expectations.

'No guarantee' that independent Scotland could reach currency deal, Osborne warns

Scotland would be left with three options - keeping pound, creating Scottish currency or joining euro

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