A trader looks at his screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Asian shares gained while currencies moved in familiar ranges in thin trading ahead of the Easter weekend, as investors awaited the release of key US(...)

Employees work at the third factory of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company, after its inauguration ceremony, in Wuhan. Photograph: Reuters

Activity in China’s factory sector dipped to a 11-month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in (...)

A BlackBerry  Classic smartphone: company results are out on Friday.    Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
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TODAY Indicators: Euro zone consumer confidence (Mar); US Markit services PMI (Mar) and Existing Home Sales Change (Feb). TOMORROW Results: Datalex; W(...)

A bull figure in front of the Dax board at the Frankfurt stock exchange. As Europe’s biggest exporter, Germany has benefited from quantitative easing’s deliberate weakening of the euro

Germany’s Dax index broke through, and closed above, the 12,000 barrier for the first time yesterday as German equities emerged as the main beneficiar(...)

The Markit household finance survey’s measure of financial well-being for the next 12 months rose to its highest level since the survey started six years ago

British households were more optimistic in December about their financial prospects in the coming 12 months than at any point in the last six years, (...)

Further price cutting, together with signs of economic performance deteriorating in the core countries, will concern the European Central Bank which is battling to reinvigorate the economy and drive up dangerously low inflation

Heavy discounting failed to stop euro zone business activity growing less than thought last month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the econo(...)

An employee welds the exterior of a vehicle along a production line at a factory in Qingdao, Shandong province. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in November, suggesting the world’s second-largest economy is still losing momentum and adding pressure (...)

Markit said the PMIs point to a 0.2 per cent expansion of GDP in the current quarter, with risks to the downside.

Euro zone businesses performed much better than anyone expected this month but did so by slashing prices again, and optimism about the future fell to (...)

Wage growth has been weak despite Britain’s strong economic recovery, but the number of people in employment and total hours worked have grown much more rapidly

British households’ incomes from employment rose at the fastest rate in more than five years in early October, but many families still feel under fina(...)

Beijing: The services sector made up 46.1 per cent of gross domestic product in 2013

Growth in China’s services sector weakened slightly in September as new business cooled, a private survey showed on Wednesday, reinforcing signs of a (...)