A Total petrol  station in Paris. It could be a difficult year for many oil producers, according to Fitch Ratings, which estimates the aggregate earnings of seven major oil companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region will fall 22 per cent in 2016.

Stocks are struggling to make headway and bond prices are firmer as a rising dollar and weaker oil prices provide an excuse for a breather after Wall (...)

 An elderly woman holding her pet dog talks on a mobile phone after a second earthquake hit southwestern Japan on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, injuring more than 1,000 and trapping people(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed his readiness to expand monetary policy further, saying that market moves would be among key factors the central bank will look at in deciding when and how it will next expand stimulus. (Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters)

Asian shares and other riskier assets skidded on Tuesday, pressured by slumping crude oil prices and mixed messages from Federal Reserve policymakers(...)

China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan  and Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attend a group photo session during the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting

The world’s top economies failed to find consensus on dealing with sluggish global growth, with the G20 meeting in Shanghai coming up only with a reco(...)

  Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, speaks during a panel session on the closing day at the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Jean Christophe Bott/EPA

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with another bold move to revive the economy as (...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

The Topix index was little changed at 1,462.24 at the close of trading in Tokyo, wiping out gains of as much 1.9 per cent.

Japan’s Topix index erased gains after the nation’s central bank decided against adding to record monetary easing. Mobile phone carriers and construc(...)

BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda acknowledged that the bank’s drive to banish deflation may be swayed by the steep fall in oil prices

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme and offered a slightly more upbeat view of the world’s third-largest economy on Friday, ci(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty (R) listens to the translation of his speech during his press conference at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Sunday. Japanese language version of Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ started selling in Japan from December 2014, becoming the best-selling book in Japan. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 book on wealth inequality became an international best- seller, said Europe should learn from Japan th(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: gave strong hints that the Bank of England could increase interest rates from their record lows sooner than expected. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The ECB has done its part – now it’s up for countries to implement structural reforms. That was the message from Benoît Cœuré, a senior ECB figure,(...)