Japan’s Nikkei share average dropped more than 2 per cent to six-week lows on Friday morning after Wall Street tumbled as investors unloaded risky assets, hit by concerns that a slowdown in China could affect the global economy. (Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters)

Stock markets tumbled on Friday after a survey showed Chinese factories contracted at their fastest pace since the depth of the global financial cris(...)

 A man looks at a screen displaying a chart with the evolution of the IBEX 35 at Madrid’s Stock Exchange. The main index of Spanish market dropped by 37.20 points, 0.34 per cent, to reach 10,860,70 points at noon. (Photoraph: JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO/EPA)

Fears about China’s economy kept emerging markets under heavy pressure on Wednesday, while the dollar eased as traders awaited minutes from last mont(...)

A vendor holds Chinese yuan notes at a market in Beijing. China’s yuan opened weaker against the dollar on Monday but was stronger than the official midpoint fixed by the central bank. (Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters)

Asian stocks were dragged lower by volatile Chinese equities on Monday, as relative stability in the yuan failed to assuage underlying concerns that (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the start of the trading day in New York. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

European shares rallied on Thursday after China’s central bank said there was no basis for further yuan depreciation after a devaluation this week tha(...)

In China, the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen was flat after curbs on short-selling prompted a sizable bounce on Tuesday. (Photograph: Reuters)

Asian share markets were in a mixed mood on Wednesday as the mounting risks of a hike in US interest rates as early as next month lifted the dollar a(...)

The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Image of the week: Brain stimulants The ‘Economist’ magazine is “stimulating and challenging”, just like the free kopi luwak coffee that it was givin(...)

Pearson last week sold the FT Group, publisher of the Financial Times, to the Nikkei Group in Japan Photograph: Danny E Martindale/Getty Images

Pearson is in negotiations to sell its 50 per cent stake in the Economist Group, publisher of the Economist magazine, to other existing shareholders i(...)

A man using his smartphone walks past an advertisement board for Japan’s Nikkei newspaper’s digital media on a street in Tokyo. Japanese media group Nikkei has agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britain’s Pearson for $1.3 billion. Photograaph:  Yuya Shino/Reuters

The takeover of the Financial Times by Nikkei is probably a surprise, at least to those outside the media. Nikkei’s long-term plan might become clear (...)

Copies of the Financial Times  sit in a rack at a newsstand in London. Concerns have been raised over the ’pink paper’s new owner

The decision by the Nikkei group, publisher of Japan’s top financial newspaper, to pay £844 million (€1.2 billion) for one of the marquee brands in gl(...)

The front page of Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reporting the media group’s acquisition of the Financial Times. Pearson said group aid sales rose 1 per cent to £2.2 billion in the first-half

Pearson, the British group selling the Financial Times in a $1.3 billion deal, increased its dividend and confirmed guidance on Friday despite a dip i(...)