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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

China’s main share markets have lost about 30 per cent of their value since the middle of June. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

While the headlines celebrated Beijing winning the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, there was grimmer news again from China’s bourses as the r(...)

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(...)