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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.

US online shoppers' lift for air freight

United States shoppers heading online to buy Christmas presents gave a fillip to the air freight industry in November, the International Air Transport Association said today.

Editorial: What about Britain's tax havens?

The implications of the closure of Wegelin for the rest of Switzerland's secretive banks are far reaching indeed.

Pressure on dwindling resources 'threatens global chaos'

Demand for basic commodities set to soar over the next 20 years

Syrian opposition fighters overrun a military post at Ras al-Ain on Wednesday. Below, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Syrian rebels seek missile supply

Syrian opposition figures will push at a donor conference in London today for the provision of anti-aircraft missile systems to repel President Bashar al-Assad's devastating airstrikes, as momentum builds to adjust a European Union arms embargo.

From Tooting to Islington, our high streets are bereft of buzz and variety

I don't pine for childhood glories, but the disappearance of my old hairdresser is traumatic - and globalisation won't slow down any time soon

It's vital to know just where the pounds are ... and exactly where they have gone

Ten bad habits that could cost us a small fortune

If you don't keep your eye on the ball, small financial oversights can soon add up. Chiara Cavaglieri offers tips on how to make big savings

What a pickle: Demographic, political, technological and commercial forces are making jobs disappear.

Sales that leave our high streets in a bit of a pickle

As whole industries leave our shores, Britain's poor are asking an almost unanswerable question: what jobs will we do now?

Editorial: A dire threat to Britain's ash trees

Once, Britain was a country of elm trees. Then Dutch elm disease arrived, in the late 1960s, and within three decades nearly all of them were wiped out. Now, a similar fate threatens another glory of the British woodland: the ash.

Factory output hits three-year low

Manufacturers saw output reach its lowest level in three years this month as companies became increasingly concerned by political and economic problems abroad, a survey said.

American factories may be doing better with exports than figures first suggest

American exporters are doing better than many think

The United States isn't making things that the world wants to buy.

No UK return planned for Wolseley

The heating and plumbing giant Wolseley has said it does not plan to follow the advertising giant WPP and shift its tax base back to the UK.

Double-dip threat to eurozone

The embattled eurozone was on the brink of a double-dip recession today as figures revealed that the 17-nation economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June.

Growth slow at Standard Chartered

Slowing growth in India and China saw Standard Chartered produce its slowest increase in first-half profits for a decade.

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

Ed Miliband promises new immigration measures to protect British workers

Ed Miliband today promised new measures to prevent British people being "locked out" of jobs by foreign workers, including forcing firms to declare if they employ high numbers of immigrants.

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