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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.

Unilever beats forecasts on emerging markets rebound

After battering global shares in consumer goods giants with a profit warning in October, Unilever, the company behind Dove soaps and Lipton iced teas, said there had been a considerable pick-up in countries like India and China.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

2013 has been the year of smaller companies

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A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organisation in a move that could be worth £1 billion a year to British businesses.

Vodafone appoints ex-Bupa boss Val Gooding as a non-exec director

Vodafone has recruited ex-Bupa healthcare chief executive officer Val Gooding to be a non-executive director, making her the third woman on the 13-member board.

Chinese Yuan surpasses Euro as second most used currency in global finance

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and Australia among top five countries using the yuan to finance trade

Companies lack trust in forecasts, warns study

Less than half of all finance professionals at UK companies think the forecasts they rely on are reliable, a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers has warned.

Fed fears caused £1.2bn Aberdeen pullout

Customers pulled out £1.2bn in funds from Aberdeen Asset Management ahead of the Fed’s announcement on its future monetary policy, it has emerged.  

Container shipping line Maersk's shares jump 7%

Shares in the world’s biggest container shipping line jumped more than 7% today as it reported a sharp improvement in world trade in the latest quarter.

Jim Armitage: Take our economies off their stimulants and they aren't really growing at all

Outlook: We are right to take some cheer from the latest run of official statistics. The evidence is mounting that our economy is, albeit very slowly, moving in the right direction.

Manager David Moyes of Manchester United speaks to Assistant Manager Steve Round, Ryan Giggs and Coach Phil Neville

Former Everton coach Steve Round shocked by 'enormity' of Manchester United after joining David Moyes

The assistant-manager is on the club's pre-season tour

Satyajit Das: Rise of economic nationalism is threat to global prosperity

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Behind closed doors: David Cameron attending Bilderberg meeting

David Cameron is tonight courting controversy by attending a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which comprises senior politicians, economists, business leaders and academics from Europe and North America.

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Recovery hopes have received a further boost after figures revealed the gap between the UK's exports and imports dropped by more than expected to £2.6 billion in April.

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