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.

Nichols keeps its fizz after defying drag from the weather

The Vimto and Sunkist soft drinks maker Nichols saw its shares fizz up yesterday after it said it would beat City forecasts despite last year's dire weather.

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.

Manufacturers 'face a flat start to 2013'

Britain's manufacturers are braced for a flat start to 2013, the CBI's latest industrial trends survey warned today.

Pressure on dwindling resources 'threatens global chaos'

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

Andreas Whittam Smith: A muddle way not a middle way

Whatever the numbers yesterday, George Osborne couldn't change course. Bringing forward a Plan B would have been to say: "I have been on the wrong track since I took office two and a half years ago". However dim the prospects, he had to press on.

Starbucks has confirmed that it is in talks with the Government about paying more in UK taxes.

In defence of multinationals: Danny Alexander may boycott Starbucks - but it's our barmy tax system that's to blame

We shouldn't beat up businesses for trying to grow rather than recognising profit

Manufacturing output shrinks again for seventh month in a row

The rate of new export orders slowed to its weakest since August

Manchester Airport hub approved for take-off

A £100 million freight and warehouse complex could be built at Manchester Airport after the plans won outline planning permission from the city council.

UK cuts trade gap

The UK's trade gap with the rest of the world narrowed sharply from £4.3bn to £2.7bn in September, bolstering hopes for a boost to the economy from an improved trade performance.

Editorial: Lessons from the ashes

Sad to say, there is little that can now be done for Britain's ash trees. The rapid spread of the Chalara fraxinea fungus – confirmed at just two sites in the wild, two weeks ago, and now found at 61 – only emphasises the impossibility of confining it, and there is no cure. The impact on the countryside, and on all manner of flora and fauna that thrive in the ash's shade, is set to be as devastating as it is heart-breaking.

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Deadly ash disease found in Essex and Kent woodlands

Tree-killing spores may have been carried by winds from Europe, say government scientists

Taxman admits Government powerless to force multinationals to declare profits

HMRC chief denies turning blind eye to global giants avoiding massive UK tax bills

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

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Import ban on ash trees imposed to stop spread of 'devastating disease'

A ban on the import of ash trees has been imposed in a bid to stop the spread of a “devastating disease”, the Government said today.

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.

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

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Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

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