Annual inflation in Germany fell to its lowest level in nearly five years in November.  Photo: Bloomberg

Annual inflation in Europe’s largest economy fell to its lowest level in nearly five years in November, suggesting the risk of deflation in the wider (...)

 A construction site in Beijing’s central business district. China’s gross domestic product expanded 7.3 per cent from a year ago in the third quarter, compared with 7.5 per cent in the second quarter and 7.4 per cent in the first quarter of this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

China’s economy expanded at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, data showed yesterday, as the world’s second biggest economy struggled(...)

A broker looks at his screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany today. The stock index DAX fell under 8500 points. (Photograph: Michael Probst/AP)

The global economy faces its biggest test of confidence since the European sovereign debt crisis as investors fear it’s running out of engines. Japan (...)

New figures also show a decline in exports in September in the euro zone

Deflation hit five peripheral euro zone countries in September as inflation slipped to its lowest for five years and exports faltered, data on Thursda(...)

New properties in Taiyuan, Shanxi province: Data from the China Real Estate Index System (Creis) showed weak momentum in the property market continued for the fourth month in a row. Photograph: Reuters

Hangzhou, Chongqing, Xian, Wuhan . . . driving through China’s second- and third-tier cities for the past couple of years, it’s been hard not to think(...)

Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Clifford CoonanTaking a good, stand-back reading of the Chinese economy is always a difficult task, especially if one’s spectacles do not happen to be(...)

Shenzhen has 10 per cent the number of luxury goods shops Hong Kong has, and a third of Beijing’s and Shanghai’s. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Shenzhen trails Hong Kong in the consumption of luxury goods, with spending hit by the Chinese government’s crackdown on corruption and by local peopl(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:  ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth.

China’s slowing economy was the backdrop to last week’s annual investment forum in Boao, on the holiday island of Hainan off southern China, wh(...)

Britain’s current account deficit was much bigger than expected in the fourth quarter and households ran down savings to keep up their spending(...)

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is seen on a monitor broadcasting coverage of the opening session of the NPC in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong fell to a three-week low as the national legislature began its annual meeting and concern mounted that the country may be facing its first onshore corporate bond default.  photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

The Chinese government set an economic growth target for the year of 7.5 per cent at the country’s annual parliament last week, and since then (...)

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