A van carrier transports a container at the harbour of Hamburg. German economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to a rise in exports and capital investment, seasonally-adjusted data showed today. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Economic growth across the euro zone was stronger than expected at the end of 2013, according to official figures, rais(...)

German factory orders unexpectedly declined for a second month in MayPhotograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg.

German factory orders unexpectedly declined for a second month in May in a sign that the euro area’s struggle to emerge from its longest-ever recessio(...)