Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province

Chinese economic growth fell to 6.9 per cent in 2015, its lowest level in 25 years, matching expectations but adding to a picture of slowdown in the w(...)

Gold prices are on the up but may drop to about $955 in the fourth quarter and average around $1,000 over the full year according to estimates. Photograph: Bloomberg.

It’s been a scary start to 2016 for global markets and investors are responding by buying more gold than at any time in the past year. In the past fi(...)

Euro zone core inflation unexpectedly slowed in November, offering yet another argument for the European Central Bank to ease policy on Thursday as price growth looks set to stay below its target for years to come. Photo: Bloomberg

Euro zone core inflation unexpectedly slowed in November, offering yet another argument for the European Central Bank to ease policy on Thursday as p(...)

A screenshot from the Monty Python-esque video ‘Song of Shisanwu’ featuring Chinese president Xi Jinping

At first glance, it’s hard to know whether the video is something achingly ironic or something hilariously funny that hipster pranksters somehow sneak(...)

 China’s economic growth eased to 6.9 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, beating expectations but still the slowest since the global financial crisis, putting pressure on policymakers to roll out more support measures as fears of a sharper slowdown spook investors. (Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters)

China’s economic growth dipped below 7 per cent for the first time since the global financial crisis on Monday, hurt partly by cooling investment, ra(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney who has claimed China’s economic problems are “unlikely” to derail plans to raise interest rates in the UK. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Bank of England said on Thursday its rate-setters felt the threat to the world economy from China’s stock-market slump did not signal a slowdown f(...)

Overheating: an investor cools herself as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai. China’s key indices lost a fifth of their value and wiped out nearly all of this year’s gains in six days. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

In January this year, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who is responsible for steering the world’s second largest economy through increasingly choppy water(...)

 An information board shows the decline of the German DAX to a one-year low at the stock exchange in Frankfurt: Germany’s stock markets, among other international markets, have fallen into bear markets. Photograph:  Christoph Schmidt/EPA

It has been a torrid week for global stock markets. Indices everywhere have been pummelled and volatility has gone through the roof on foot of mountin(...)

A damaged fire truck at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin, the world’s 10th largest port. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The emergency may have eased at the port of Tianjin in northeastern China, but economic activity there has yet to get back to normal days after the de(...)

Separate data also confirmed that annual inflation was 0.2 per cent in July

The euro zone economy grew by less than expected in the second quarter, the European Union’s statistics office said in its first estimate published on(...)