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.

Trade deficit narrows

Britain's trade deficit narrowed by more than expected in January, official figures showed today, fuelling hopes the economy will bounceback from a dismal end to last year.

Cable promises help as exporters feel the strain

Plans announced by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to boost exports and help smaller businesses to find markets abroad were welcomed yesterday by both employer groups and Labour.

David Prosser: Exporters need all the help they can get

Outlook They seek it here, they seek it there, but the support for Britain's faltering economic recovery remains elusive. Yesterday's trade figures were somewhat skewed by December's cold weather, but there is no escaping the conclusion that the export sector is not yet up to the job of carrying the rest of the economy on its shoulders.

Britain's trade deficit hits another record high

Britain's goods trade deficit hit a new high in November, undermining hopes that a rebalancing of the economy towards manufacturing and exports generally has begun to have fundamental effects.

David Prosser: Would anyone be allowed to buy BP?

Outlook Not a bad start to the year for BP investors, who saw the oil giant's shares put on almost 6 per cent yesterday thanks to rumours that Shell has been sizing it up.

Surprise as trade gap widens

Britain's trade deficit unexpectedly widened in October after imports into the UK soared to a record high, official figures showed today.

Export of Turner masterpiece is blocked

The Government has stopped Turner's Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino from being shipped overseas after it was sold for £30m this year. Campaigners are trying to raise the money to keep it in the UK.

Is Wolseley's Swiss switch the start of an exodus?

The UK taxes that prompted the plumbing group's move to Switzerland could force others to follow suit

Account-switching apathy costs Britons £2.2bn

Apathetic Britons could lose out on a staggering £2.2bn in interest on money held in their current accounts in the next 12 months by not switching accounts to get a higher interest rate.

UK growth stronger than other G7 nations, say OECD report

The UK will see the strongest growth among all of the G7 nations in the third quarter despite a sharply slowing recovery, economic forecasters said today.

Exporters hope for growth

Small firms are predicting rising sales and profits amid an increase in confidence fuelled by hopes of growing exports, according to a report by Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Trade figures ease economy fears

Upbeat trade figures allayed worries over the UK economy today after the country cut its global goods deficit to a lower than expected £7.4 billion in June.

UK exports rise just £28m in fourth quarter

The value of British exports rose just £28m year on year, or 0.05 per cent, in the final three months of 2009 despite "the competitiveness of sterling against other major currencies".

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