Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

Shoppers walk around the Easton Towne Center in Columbus, Ohio. Photograph: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

US consumer prices rose in March, but inflation pressures remained generally benign, which should give the Federal Reserve ample scope to keep (...)

Traders work in the Volatility Index Options (VIX) pit on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in Chicago. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Global equities rose today on robust US retail sales data, rebounding from last week’s steep decline, while the euro fell, prompted by the Euro(...)

Wells Fargo: 12th consecutive record quarter. Photograph: Andy Kuno/Reuters

Wells Fargo, the most profitable US bank in 2013, posted a 14 per cent rise in first-quarter earnings as fewer customers missed loan payments. (...)

Net income at the bank fell to $5.27 billion, or $1.28 per share, from $6.53 billion, or $1.59 per share, in the same quarter of 2013, JPMorgan Chase said yesterday. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

JPMorgan Chase reported a far weaker-than-expected quarterly profit as revenue from securities trading fell in a climate of uncertainty about t(...)

Technology stocks led sectoral falls with a 1.9 per cent decline, echoing moves in the United States.

Global equity markets fell today as fears on Wall Street about over-stretched stock valuations spread to Asia and Europe, pushing investors to(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid /Reuters

Equities rose today as markets took heart from minutes of the Federal Reserve’s March meeting, which suggested US policymakers would be more ca(...)

The International Monetary Fund today predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year as output in richer nations picked up, but it wa(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon  in New York City. The Dow fell more than 160 points by the end of trading as technology stocks slipped. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Stock market investors have just taken a $275bn bite out of the world’s largest publicly traded internet companies. The 14 companies, wor(...)

 A public bus transporting passengers passes by a building construction site in Beijing, China. Developing countries in Asia will see their benefits of higher demand from recovering advanced economies offset by a slowdown in China’s economy, the Asian Development Bank said. Photograph:  Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

The economies of developing Asia should be able to weather a slowdown in China and register higher growth rates this year, underpinned by a bet(...)

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