German economy makes sluggish gains

German economy makes sluggish gains

Figures released this morning show that the German economy, which has held together the chaotic eurozone during the last few years of financial strife, has grown just 0.3 percent over the last quarter. Fuelled by domestic consumption and relatively strong exports, the rate is less than the 0.5 percent of the previous quarter, but more […]
JP Morgan hopes merging divisions will pay dividends

JP Morgan hopes merging divisions will pay dividends

With many financial institutions coming under pressure to restructure their businesses in the wake of the last few years of economic turmoil, some firms have looked to separate aspects of their business in order to isolate the potential risks. JP Morgan, however, have announced plans to merge their corporate and investment banking divisions with their […]
Manchester United share price slashed prior to US flotation

Manchester United share price slashed prior to US flotation

Originally targeting a share offering of between $16 and $20, Manchester United has been forced to cut down to $14 in advance of today’s historic flotation on the New York Stock Exchange. The Glazer family are eager to float Britain’s largest football club in the US in order to help service the large debts that […]
Belgium shuts nuclear reactor for possible cracks

Belgium shuts nuclear reactor for possible cracks

Belgium has interrupted the use of one of its seven nuclear reactors, after suspicion was raised that one of its components might be cracked, according to the local atomic regulator. The Doel 3 reactor, located around 25km north of Antwerp provides around 16 percent of the country’s nuclear energy. The suspected damages aren’t thought to […]
Calls for stimulus as Chinese economy slows down

Calls for stimulus as Chinese economy slows down

A slowdown in industrial output and retail sales has seen China’s economy stumble in the second half of 2012, alarming investors who had hoped the world’s second largest economy would be immune to the troubles affecting the US and Europe. The economy slowed to 7.6 percent for the second quarter of this year, the lowest […]
US wants help with Sudan oil deal

US wants help with Sudan oil deal

After agreeing a deal between Sudan and South Sudan that aims to open up the oil production of the two countries, the US is hoping that China and Middle Eastern states will help invest up to $3bn to get oil flowing. The deal between the two neighbouring countries will see South Sudan pay a fee […]
Greek bank chief sends savings overseas

Greek bank chief sends savings overseas

With the financial crisis engulfing the Greek economy, the leaders of the country’s state owned financial institutions might be expected to show solidarity with struggling citizens by keeping their money in the country. However, it has been revealed that the former chief of struggling ATEbank has been transferring his personal savings abroad. Theodore Pantalakis admitted […]
Burma to borrow from World Bank after 25 years

Burma to borrow from World Bank after 25 years

The World Bank is about to resume lending to Burma for the first time since 1987. Together with its investment branch the International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank has opened its first offices in the former capital, Rangoon (now Yangon). The ADB has also set up shop in the capital […]
Zuckerberg no longer amongst tech top 10 as Facebook drops

Zuckerberg no longer amongst tech top 10 as Facebook drops

As Facebook shares dropped around four percent to a record low on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took a $423m hit. The 28-year-old is now worth only about $10.2bn, over $400m behind James Goodnight, co-founder of the SAS Institute, and tech’s tenth wealthiest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. This Thursday Facebook shares were 47 […]
Rise in grain prices leads to fear for food

Rise in grain prices leads to fear for food

A sharp rise in grain prices is reverberating around the world as nations face food inflation. There has been a 30-50 percent gain in the benchmark price of corn, wheat and soyabeans, are echoing the 2007/8 food crisis. Countries likely to face the biggest repercussions are those dependant on agricultural imports. The Indonesian tofu industry […]