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Week ahead: markets fixate on Fed officials

With global stock markets smashing record after record last week, the December minutes from the Federal Reserve hardly appeared on many traders’ radars. But this week, FOMC thinking will loom large amid a slew...

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Euro zone: new data, old dilemma for ECB

Inflation in the euro zone slowed in December, vindicating the European Central Bank’s decision to keep its policy easy despite growing pressure from Germany and other richer euro zone countries. Even so, as David...

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Global PMIs point to way up for 2018 stocks

A global rebound gathers pace as new PMI readings show Germany’s private sector output growing at its strongest in over six years and the French economy surging into 2018. Japan surprised markets, too, with...

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Euro zone GDP surprises, France shines

The latest growth and inflation data shows France expanded at its fastest pace since 2011 in the third quarter, boosted by an acceleration in consumer spending and robust investment. David Pollard reports. Euro zone...

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Germany ups growth outlook to 2% this year

The German government has raised its 2017 growth forecast for Europe’s biggest economy to 2.0 percent, a sharp increase from its earlier estimate of 1.5 percent and the strongest rate since 2011. David Pollard...

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Markets: services with a smile boost mood

Optimism about global growth has been keeping markets at or close to record highs in recent weeks. As David Pollard reports, the euro zone is doing particularly well with surveys showing businesses are now...