Tokyo stocks closed above the 20,000 line for the first time in more than threemonths after the government unveiled better-than-expected datas in Japanese companies capital spending during the second quarter. The Nikkei Stock Average gained 264.93 points, or 1.34 per cent, to close at 20,012.40. (Photograph: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA)
Asian shares climb higher

Asian shares were solidly higher on Tuesday, as investors latched on to tentative signs of stabilisation in China even as twin factory surveys(...)

Workers assemble a General Motors vehicle at Shanghai General Motors plant in Shanghai. Two private surveys suggesting the economy may be regaining some momentum. Photograph: Kevin Lee/Bloomberg News

China’s factory activity showed signs of stabilising in June, with two private surveys suggesting the economy may be regaining some momentum even as m(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi said last week that record monetary stimulus was filtering through to the economy on schedule, and that despite concerns about Greece’s debts the recovery was “on track.” (Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

First-quarter growth in the euro area was driven by exports and private consumption. Gross domestic product rose 0.4 per cent in the three months thr(...)

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China’s  government is stepping up fiscal spending, with a strong focus on infrastructure projects. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Chinese factory activity contracted for a third month in May and output shrank at the fastest rate in just over a year, a private survey showed, indic(...)

China’s factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, harden(...)

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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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

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