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

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

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L’Oréal reduces products in China

Samsung showed off an 85in television that can be either flat or curved

CES: is gadgets flaunting their curves innovation?

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China lifts ban on sale of foreign consoles

The decision by the State Council will allow the likes of Microsoft and Sony to sell to the Chinese - but it's not certain who can afford to buy their wares

Do you trust your smartphone to park your car for you? Bosch thinks you will

New sensor kit will allow drivers to get out their vehicle and active parking remotely through their smartphone

New car sales in UK at highest since before recession

New car sales in the UK are at their highest level since before the recession, according to figures expected to be released later this morning - with the market boosted by the volume of PPI compensation payouts.

Market Report: China slowdown spells dips for mining sector

China continues to show off its influence over the London market as some of the big miners took a heavy dent on the first day when most trading desks were full after the festive celebrations.

UK economy strengthens as services exports leap

It's a fantastic start to the new year and confidence is high, says British Chambers of Commerce

A research programme newly launched is looking at how neuroscience can best be used to improve standards in UK education system

Do teens who stay in bed longer learn better? A £6m neuroscience study will find out

Innovative programme aims to put Britain at the forefront of global education policy

Mr Hollande is accused of abandoning his 'anti-finance' election promises

Francois Hollande makes drastic U-turn on tax cuts and welfare in bid to save presidency

President says he  is ready to axe the ‘excesses and abuses’ of France’s social model

China moves to curb shadow banking with new rules

Renewed concerns over a slowdown in the Chinese economy emerged today as Beijing moved to rein in potential dangers in the nation's shadow banking system.

Pace of economic recovery slowed in December as growth in dominant services sector slipped to six-month low

Growth in the dominant services sector slipped to a six-month low as the pace of economic recovery slowed in December, amid predictions that it will ease off over the year to come.

CES Las Vegas 2014: Nvidia's K1 chip will give your smartphone better graphics than your console

The Tegra K1 also comes in a 64-bit variant and will be used to power self-driving cars

A Tornado jet flying during a trial of 3D printed components, manufactured by the defence contractor, which could lead the way for further military use on the type

RAF jets fly with parts produced on 3D printers

UK fighter jets have flown for the first time with parts made using 3D printing technology.

Companies such as Coca-Cola should take a lead in establishing measures to ‘capture the value of water’, the expert says

Exclusive: Make food and drink corporations ‘account for water usage’, says scientist

Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan

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