The FTSE 100 Index surged by as much as 2 per cent on Friday after a better-than-expected election performance for the Conservatives cheered the City. Sterling jumped the most since 2009 against the euro, and climbed at least 0.9 per cent versus its 16 major peers. Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

The FTSE 100 Index surged by as much as 2 per cent on Friday after a better-than-expected election performance for the Conservatives cheered the City(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha return to 10 Downing Street after Britain’s general election, in London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

World bond and stock markets rose on Friday after a bruising week and sterling surged to a two-month high after the business-friendly Conservative par(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: A brokerages boom appears to have added more than half a percentage point to Chinese GDP in the first quarter as equities turnover surges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Just what is going on in the Chinese stock market? There is a frenzied feeling about the equity market, where a world-beating rally has seen the bench(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), pauses whilst speaking during the inauguration ceremony for the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt . Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Euro zone banks expect strong demand for loans from companies and home buyers in the coming months as the European Central Bank’s money printing impro(...)

Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister: some  analysts feel that he  has so far failed to bite the bullet on meaningful reforms. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For several years the question has been when, or if, India will finally take off and register a prolonged period of sustained economic growth. Free-ma(...)

The US economy pumped out a strong 295,000 net new jobs in February. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

The dollar soared and bond yields spiked as hiring by US employers surpassed Wall Street expectations and sparked heightened speculation that the Fed(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi and Vice President Vitor Constancio (left) leave after addressing an ECB news conference in Frankfurt. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, a day after the European Ce(...)

German inflation slowed in December, raising pressure on the European Central Bank to unveil unconventional new measures to boost prices. Photo: Bloomberg

German inflation looked set to fall further in December, according to data from several states, raising pressure on the European Central Bank to unvei(...)

Petrol prices fell 6.6 per cent, the biggest drop since December 2008, after declining 3 per cent in October. Petrol has now declined for five straight months

US consumer prices recorded their biggest drop in nearly six years in November as gasoline prices tumbled, but this probably will not change views the(...)

A man standing under a board showing currency exchange rates in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Only a few weeks ago Russian bankers, corporate executives and government officials described the country’s economic woes as manageable, albeit painfu(...)