Japan corporate confidence fades

Gloom worsens among all sizes of business

Chinese banks shun month-end deposits

Lenders scramble to comply with new rules to limit window-dressing

France insists delay on deficit justified

Paris faces critical talks with Brussels over public finances

Ireland under pressure over low tax rates

Country at centre of controversy over corporate tax avoidance

IMF warns of global imbalances risk

Foreign liabilities in Spain and US continue to rise

Spain hopes for budget surplus from 2016

Growing confidence that economy is emerging from debt crisis

UK economy 2.7% ahead of pre-crisis peak

Revised data suggest recession was shallower than thought

Euro drops as inflation hits new low

Fresh dip piles pressure on European Central Bank