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Brent futures dropped toward $102 this morning after an unexpected jump in oil inventories in the world’s largest consumer, the United States. Photo: Bloomberg

Brent futures dropped toward $102 this morning after an unexpected jump in oil inventories in the world’s largest consumer, the United States, while p(...)

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda  has left a  lending programme unchanged. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Stocks, bonds and commodities fell around the world as Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda left a lending programme unchanged, stoking concern cent(...)

Job applicants wait in line under rainfall in New York.

I’ve been in this economics business for a while. In fact, I’ve been in it so long, I still remember what people considered normal in those long-ago d(...)

Jobseekers wait in line with their CVs to talk to recruiters at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters.

US employers stepped up hiring in May, a sign the economy was growing modestly but not strong enough to convince the Federal Reserve to scale back the(...)

A job seeker talks with a recruiter at a career fair in San Francisco. Fewer Americans than forecast filed first-time claims for unemployment,pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to moderate job growth despite slowing economic activity.(...)

Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke: in testimony to Congress last month, he noted: “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficit reduction policies in current law will slow the pace of real GDP growth by about 1-1 percentage points during 2013, relative to what it would have been otherwise.” Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

It is easy to find people on Wall Street who believe that the aggressive monetary policies of central banks, particularly the US Federal Reserve’s qua(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

The Irish stock market was closed for the bank holiday, but elsewhere in Europe, equities picked up where they had left off before the weekend – on a (...)

Ryanair finished the day  6.6 cent ahead at ¤6.96

Markets had a mostly quiet day yesterday, with stocks holding their own in general. Investors continued to mull the likely intentions of the Federal R(...)

A trader gestures in front of screens at the Madrid bourse in Madrid. Top European stocks edged up 0.2 per cent as they steadied after heavy falls yesterday.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

World shares were under pressure for a second day today and the dollar slipped against major currencies, in markets beset by doubts over when the US F(...)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development expects global economic growth to accelerate in 2014 with both the US and Japan continuing t(...)

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