The latest day of frenzied selling was a slap in the face for the country’s Communist party leaders. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Xinhua, China’s official news agency, commemorated the latest crash in Chinese shares with a tweet that read: “The return of the debacle!” The state(...)

China’s economy grew an annual 7 per cent in the second quarter, with factory output hitting a five-month high. Photo:  Getty Images

Clifford Coonan China’s economy surprised on the upside in the second quarter, expanding 7 per cent year-on-year, ahead of forecasts, although the st(...)

An investor adjusts his glasses as he looks at a computer screen in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China. Photograph:  China Daily/Reuters

For a few days last week, the world held its breath as the Chinese stock market plunged. The data made for heady reading: China’s market lost 15-times(...)

 China’s exports picked up unexpectedly in June but imports tumbled again, reinforcing expectations that the government may further loosen policy. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s exports picked up unexpectedly in June but imports tumbled again, reinforcing expectations that the government may further loosen policy to li(...)

Construction site in Beijing’s central business district:  report by London-based research house Capital Economics believes that China’s economic growth is being overstated by one to two percentage points because of a glitch in the way the data is calculated. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Economists regularly complain that Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) data is not to be entirely trusted, because they believe political manipulatio(...)

The budget deficit fell to £10.1 billion from £12.4 billion a year earlier, a smaller gap than economists had forecast.

Strong income tax receipts pushed British government borrowing to its lowest May reading since 2007, adding to signs that revenue growth could play a (...)

US retail sales rose 1.2 per cent in May from April, and by 2.7 per cent from the same month in 2014

The case for a second-quarter recovery in the US economy grew stronger after retail sales data showed Americans emerged from a long, cold winter and h(...)

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(...)