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.

Ahmadinejad is called to account after rial falls to record low

Iran's parliament has summoned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to answer questions about the national currency going into free-fall after Western sanctions over the country's nuclear programme.

European wide Euro 2020 would be one-off says Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini today stated that his idea of playing the Euro 2020 finals in 12 European cities across the continent would be a one-off for that tournament only.

This week: Why taking sterling to Turkey will leave you quids in, plus big money in Vegas

Travel Unravelled: Why taking sterling to Turkey will leave you quids in, plus big money in Vegas

Q: I'm off to Turkey. I have about €500. Should I change my euros for Turkish lira or take sterling?

Karen Fagg, Harefield

Recession fears stalk eurozone after output falls

The eurozone is teetering on the edge of recession even as the dominant German economy continues to expand, official figures showed yesterday.

Troubled eurozone threatened by another recession

The eurozone is teetering on the edge of recession even as the dominant German economy continues to expand, official figures showed yesterday.

UK ticket-holder comes forward to claim £148 million Euromillions jacket

A UK ticket holder has staked a claim to last night's £148.6 million EuroMillions jackpot, the National Lottery has announced.

British winner scoops £148m lottery jackpot

One UK ticket-holder scooped a massive £148.6million in last night's EuroMillions draw, a National Lottery spokesman said.

James Moore: Wheatley on the right lines with Libor probe

Outlook Ms McDermott's boss will be talking tough on the Libor scandal today. Mr Wheatley has rightly established that apparently arcane rule breaches by the bonus boys in the City can all too easily filter through to the consumer's threadbare pocket.

Weak euro boosts travel bookings

A weakened euro and the miserable British summer boosted bookings at Thomson Holidays owner TUI Travel today as more people looked to escape to European destinations such as Spain.

Smaller transfers: get the best exchange rates

Even small sums of currency can be costly to exchange, unless you choose the right service

Larger transfers get the best exchange rates

Larger transfers: get the best exchange rates

Change large quantities of currency at the best rates

President of the European Central Bank vows to do 'whatever it takes to preserve the euro'

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has vowed to do “whatever it takes to preserve the euro” in a speech that cheered world markets today.

Anthony Hilton: Keep calm … if euro collapses we can still carry on trading

With the drachma likely to plunge most, the biggest price cut may well be on retsina

FBI inquiry into Chicago broker

The FBI is investigating Peregrine Financial, a Chicago-based futures broker, after a $220m (£141m) shortfall in customer funds was discovered shortly after an apparent suicide attempt by its chairman, Russell Wasendorf.

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