News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

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

Sometimes sky-high prices are worth it - but only in context

When you have little or no opportunity to shop around, it's easy to get ripped-off

Small firms give thumbs down for George Osborne's recovery plans

London’s small businesses delivered a harsh verdict on the Chancellor’s faltering efforts to kick-start the recovery today, with just one in 10 claiming the economy has improved in the last six months.

£1m pay cut for City veteran Terry Smith

The City stalwart Terry Smith has felt the pinch from a “not particularly vintage year” as his pay and bonuses fell by almost £1m.

Cyprus woes set to deepen eurozone economy gloom

Financial turmoil in Cyprus risks dragging Europe’s economy deeper into the mire after a worsening decline for manufacturers and services, experts warned today.

Easter: weak pound may deter holidaymakers

Currency collapses will mean a catastrophic cut in spending money for families heading abroad for the Easter holidays.

Five questions about... Exchange rates

Is the pound slumping again?

Pound rallies after Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King says recovery is 'in sight'

The battered pound fought back from recent near three-year lows today after Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King said sterling had fallen far enough and assured a recovery was "in sight".

Hollande, Cameron and how not to be a leader

The French President appears too relaxed, while our PM has the opposite problem

Satyajit Das: Investors might think happy days are here, but the risks still remain

Midweek View: Buying Greek bonds and doubling your money was a surreal bet on a nation that is economically dead

Will the plummeting pound hit your holiday cash?

Travel money firms have been reporting record orders this week as holidaymakers rush to secure current rates among concerns that the pound could fall further against the value of the euro and dollar.

Apple offers cash to angry parents

Apple has proposed to pay compensation to parents whose children made “in-app purchases” without their permission, following claims that it failed to publicise the feature of children-targeted games.

George Osborne was accused of being a “downgraded” Chancellor tonight

Osborne sticks to deficit plan as angry MPs give him a downgrade

George Osborne was accused of being a “downgraded” Chancellor tonight, amid angry scenes in the House of Commons over the loss of Britain’s cherished triple-A credit rating.

Sterling slips in response to Britain’s AAA downgrade

The pound suffered a rocky day in global foreign exchange markets today as European traders responded to the decision of the credit rating agency Moody’s late last week to strip the UK of its AAA credit rating.

City refuses to panic over the loss of UK's AAA credit rating

The City refused to panic over the loss of the UK’s AAA rating today as shares headed higher and sterling avoided a major sell-off.

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