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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.

Global trading presents rich opportunities

Neil Kuschel's guide to international expansion for small businesses

Trade gap hits UK hope of export-led recovery

The Bank of England's hopes of an export-led recovery were dealt a blow yesterday as the UK's goods trade gap with the rest of the world hit £8.6bn.

Fears of a widening trade gap dent hopes of recovery

A worsening trade deficit is set to dampen hopes of an export-led recovery and end the recent run of upbeat news on the UK economy, City experts fear.

UK slowdown worst for two years

Britain's manufacturing base is contracting at the fastest pace for two years.

Million women are 'missing' from Britain's workforce

Changes to family and tax policies would boost the economy

UK trade deficit narrows due to surprise increase in exports

UK balance of payments improves sharply, but economists cast doubt on reliability of figures

Money Insider: Don't pay the penalty for an early payday

The run up to Christmas is the most expensive time of the year for most of us so it's a great help if your employer enters into the festive spirit and stumps up your December salary a week or two in advance. This may initially prove to be a godsend with a seemingly endless number of presents to pay for plus additional parties and nights out celebrating with family and friends.

Rising deficit dents hopes for export-led recovery

The trade deficit shot up in September, according to the Office for National Statistics, dealing a blow to the Government's hopes of presiding over an export-driven recovery.

UK trade deficit jumps to £3.9bn

The trade deficit shot up in September, according to the Office for National Statistics, dealing a blow to the Government's hopes of presiding over an export-driven recovery.

Travelex to clear £480m debt burden

Travelex will go into 2012 free of the high-interest debt that has badly hit the private-equity-owned bureau-de-change group since the credit crunch began.

Rising oil prices boost US trade gap

The US trade deficit ballooned to its highest level in more than two and half years last month, climbing to $50.2bn (£31.5bn), largely owing to rising oil import prices. Exports fell by 0.5 per cent to $174.9bn, while imports rose by 2.6 per cent to $225.1bn, the highest since July 2008, driving the trade gap to its widest since October 2008, according to figures from the US Commerce Department.

UK's stagnating economy is confirmed

The UK's economy failed to show significant growth over the past two quarters as household spending worsened, official figures confirmed today.

Simon Read: Banks should do the decent thing and stop helping themselves to our cash

Would a bank be within its rights if it came into your house and took the cashbox you keep under the bed? Of course not. I can see no difference between that and the money you have in your current account. The money belongs to you, not to them. Helping themselves to it is just not on, no matter how much you owe them.

China posts rare $1bn trade deficit

China recorded its first quarterly trade deficit since 2004 in the first quarter of this year as domestic growth and rising global commodity prices pushed import costs higher than export values.

Trade deficit narrows to 11-month low in January

Britain's trade deficit narrowed to its lowest level in 11 months in January, raising hopes that private sector, export-led growth may balance the economic hit from public spending cuts.

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