Voices The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Japanese finance minister found dead

A former Japanese finance minister who stepped down after appearing to be drunk at an overseas news conference was found dead in his home, police said today.

Jeremy Warner: There's a thing: We've won the IMF's praise

Outlook Even the International Monetary Fund, it seems, now concedes Britain is getting at least something right in its management of the economy. There was faint praise in an IMF report card issued yesterday for Britain's handling of the banking and economic crisis, not that this is likely to help Prime Minister Gordon Brown very much in his quest to get re-elected.

Bruce Anderson: Cameron must face down the voters when they are wrong

He is going to have to refight some of the battles which Maggie seemed to have won

Darling defiant as G7 signals hope that the worst is over

Chancellor stands by Budget forecasts

Japan looks to support stock market

Japan's woes hit a new low yesterday as the government of the G7 state, already hurt hard by tumbling exports, announced it may take steps to prop up the spiralling stock market. The government could expand stock buying and take other steps to support shares amid growing fears for the economy.

Japan's finance minister steps down

Japan's finance minister resigned today after being forced to deny he was drunk at a G7 news conference, but the move may be too late to save unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso or the long-ruling party from voters' wrath.

Jeremy Warner: G20 may struggle to make progress

Outlook Gordon Brown believes April's meeting of the G20 in London will be a pivotal moment for co-ordinated action to help revive the world economy. Let's hope he's right, for the last G20, which took place in Washington last November, has already failed to live up to the hype that surrounded it as a new Bretton Woods for the 21st century.

G7 pledges action to save banks

World's leading economies agree on programme to part-nationalise all banks

Empty-handed Bush pulls out some optimism

His approval ratings hover at a record low, his credibility is close to zero and he'll be out of office in three months. But George Bush's address to the nation yesterday underlines how, despite everything, he is a key figure in a financial crisis that is no longer measured in months but in days and even hours.

Hamish McRae: The clouds may not be as dark as the OECD thinks, but not by much

The "R" word is now front stage, at least as far as the UK is concerned. The OECD report this week was much more negative about UK prospects than anything we have seen yet. It makes the Bank of England's latest Inflation Report, which we all thought was pretty pessimistic, appear almost cheerful. If the OECD is right, then it won't just be the economy that is in a mess. Public finances will be far worse than anything yet contemplated, there will have to be spending cuts and I could see this government unable to hang on under any leader till the full lift of this Parliament in 2010.

OECD says UK is worst placed in G7 to withstand global downturn

Britain is the worst placed among the world's major econ-omies to withstand the impact of a global slowdown – and the only one forecast to be in recession this year, according to the respected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD says that the sharp downturn in the British property market, and the increased importance of housing in the economy, has led it to slash its forecasts.

Charter joins Henderson in tax exodus to Ireland

A row is threatening to reignite between UK business and the Government as two companies yesterday announced they are leaving domestic shores to slash their tax bills. The British business trade body yesterday warned that there would be more to come if the Government does not act soon.

Economic View: It's no barrel of laughs, but as Britain changes its behaviour, could we be insulated from oil shocks?

The sky darkened a little more last week, largely because of the further rise in the oil price and the implications for inflation and growth. Shares fell worldwide.

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