Business activity in France, the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, shrank at the fastest rate in four months while in Germany, the largest, the pace of growth slowed

Euro zone firms expanded at their slowest rate in six months in June while cutting the prices they charge, surveys showed, signalling business conditi(...)

Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris International cut its 2014 earnings forecast saying it is proving to be a “complex and truly atypical” ye(...)

Workers prepare scaffolding at the construction site of the Berlin Fan Mile (Fanmeile) World Cup public viewing area near the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 2014 in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Euro-area manufacturing and services activity weakened in June amid a further slowdown in France’s economy, underscoring the fragility of the recovery(...)

Workers assemble pens at the A.W. Faber-Castell (Guangzhou) Stationery Co. factory in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Activity in China’s factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed today, off(...)

The manufacturing sector reported the fastest rate of growth in employment since the index began

Businesses in Northern Ireland have witnessed the sharpest rise in new orders in more than a decade, research has indicated.Companies have taken on mo(...)

Weak consumer spending and business investment brought the French economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French business activity unexpectedly shrank in May for the first time in three months and industry morale weakened, surveys and data showed today, un(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson  will use a series of engagements in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington to drum up inward investment to the North  in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness have begun a trade mission to the US. Both men will use a(...)

New Year celebrations in Beijing: this year, fireworks sales in the city slumped a fizzling 37.7 per cent, as people declined to light their Catherine wheels and sprockets amid worries about worsening the city’s air pollution. photograph: kim kyung-hoon/reuters

The Chinese New Year holiday is still ongoing – it runs until St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, and most companies are still shut or running on a s(...)

Italy’s minister of economy and finance Fabrizio Saccomanni gestures during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Photography: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Italian government bond yields fell today after a sovereign debt auction drew strong demand, indicating Rome may be fairly insulated from tensions in (...)

Passers-by walk past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo December. Most Asian shares slumped today as the prospects of a reduction in the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus early next year prompted investors to cash in gains from recent rallies. Photograph:Toru Hanai/Reuters

World shares fell for a third day today and gold was at a five-month low, with focus back on the risks of the US Federal Reserve starting to trim its (...)