IMF managing director Christine Lagarde giving a press conference on the IMF World Economic Outlook ahead of the World Economic Forum  annual meeting  in Davos,  Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

A no-deal Brexit could trigger a further slowdown in global growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. In its latest World Economic Ou(...)

US trade war and policy decisions in Beijing hit consumer sentiment in Q4. Photograph: Reuters

China’s economic growth dropped to its slowest annual rate since 1990 and was at its lowest level since the global financial crisis in the fourth qua(...)

Demonstrators hold letters that read in Spanish “No to G20” during a protest in Buenos Aires against the G20 summit. Photograph: Nacho Sanchez/Getty Images

As she walks home clutching a couple of shopping bags holding the bare minimum she needs to feed her family this week, Florencia Bulacios says it has (...)

Buying flowers with a card at a market in Stockholm, Sweden. Cash is disappearing in the country faster than anyone thought it would. Photograph: Loulou d’Aki/The New York Times

Few countries have been moving toward a cashless society as fast as Sweden. But cash is being squeezed out so quickly – with half the nation’s retaile(...)

The Irish market dropped €3.3bn in value as Westminster went into meltdown on Thursday

Theresa May’s keep-calm-and-carry-on stance, even as her EU withdrawal plan continued to unravel on Friday, tempted some bargain hunters into the most(...)

“Bitcoin accepted” sign in the window of a cafe in Zurich. Photograph: iStock

One of the top bankers in the euro zone has described bitcoin as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis”. European Central Bank executive board membe(...)

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, attends the La7 TV program ‘Otto e Mezzo’ hosted by journalist Lilli Gruber in Rome. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Italy’s populist coalition government has defied calls from the European Commission to reverse its plans to sharply increase public spending as part o(...)

The stronger euro and sterling spurred profit-taking in the dollar, which reached a 16-month peak against a basket of currencies on Monday. Photograph: Getty Images

The euro and sterling rose on Tuesday as Britain and the EU agreed on a preliminary text for the UK to leave the economic bloc in a bid to avoid a cha(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Ireland is among member states calling for reforms to the ESM, the EU’s loan bailout fund. Photograph: Tom Honan

The EU’s emergency bailout loan vehicle, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), should be given new powers to vet potential loan applicants’ budget p(...)

Consumers’ outlook on their household finances improved marginally in October, the latest index from KBC Bank Ireland and the ESRI found. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Consumer sentiment weakened for a third consecutive month in October amid worries about the global economy and the risks posed by a potential no-deal (...)

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