Passers-by walk on Marienplatz in front of the city hall of Munich. Germany’s PMI hit a decade high of 60.4, while France’s PMI inched up to 57.1. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Businesses across Europe are experiencing the largest increases in orders and activity for many years, creating growing supply shortages and driving u(...)

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Markets rose last Wednesday on fresh hopes of the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Investors may be getting ahead of themselves, cautioned OANDA (...)

President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde. The ECB is due to update its own forecasts on Thursday

When the European Central Bank (ECB) reveals its next step on Thursday, its president Christine Lagarde is widely expected to announce a fresh boost t(...)

The ECB has consistently said that the issuer limits are not a binding constraint on its asset purchases. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The European Central Bank has given itself an unprecedented level of flexibility in its plan to buy €750 billion in additional bonds to contain the fi(...)

Berlin, Germany. The German economy has been hit by falling household and government consumption, while capital investment in machinery and equipment has fallen. Photograph: Lena Mucha/NYT

The euro-zone’s economy is growing at the slowest rate since the bloc’s debt crisis seven years ago, according to data published on Friday, dealing a (...)

Incoming ECB president Christine Lagarde and the outgoing Mario Draghi.

As the European Central Bank limbers up to restart its debt-buying programme, one question looms large for investors: how long can the purchases conti(...)

Is ECB president Mario Draghi going to go out with a bang? Photograph: STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA

Mario Draghi wants to go out with a bang, by launching a fresh wave of monetary easing before he steps down as European Central Bank president in Oct(...)

Last month’s IPO of Uber saw a tech company that is set to lose $5.4bn this year seek a stock market valuation of around $80bn. Photograph: Johannes EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

Remember the dotcom boom? Gregory Perdon of private bank Arbuthnot Latham does. As its co-chief investment officer, he worries that 2019 feels a bit (...)

A technician works on brake disc components in the Brembo factory in Curno, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

Businesses across the euro zone reported their best monthly performance in more than 6½ years, suggesting the currency area’s economic revival is gath(...)

About €13 billion worth of corporate bonds were issued last week, compared to just €500 million in the last week of December

The European Central Bank bought a record-breaking €24.7 billion worth of debt last week, taking advantage of a bumper supply of bank bonds to boost i(...)