Greek exit is ‘a potential’, says Lagarde

IMF offers Athens more time to repay its June debts

Used bags hold secrets of Japan’s economy

Luxury thrift store’s fortunes point to consumer behaviour shifts

Japanese unemployment rate falls to 3.3%

Workers fail to extract pay rises needed to boost consumption

Italy: Back on its feet

Italians may not feel it yet, but the economy is showing signs of life — but more reforms are needed

EU ombudsman rebukes ECB over market leaks

Comments made to hedge fund gathering trigger criticism

Q&A: Nigeria’s fuel supply crisis

Africa’s biggest oil producer faces a supply crunch

Asian nations surpass UN poverty goals 

Report shows impact of growth but lays bare region’s shortcomings

Philippine graft probe unnerves investors

Focus on vice-president raises fears over Aquino succession

EU economies to expand after 2008 crisis

Central and eastern states will outperform other economies

Germany outpaces US in ‘wellbeing’ index

Inequality means Americans feel few benefits from rebound

Business chiefs warm to climate campaign

More embrace environmentally friendly actions

Ukraine takes ‘odious’ path to default

Kiev denies responsibility for debt issue by former regime

BoJ accounts reveal anxiety over QE exit

Japan’s central bank piles up capital to guard against future losses

HK retailers set for plunge in rent costs

China slowdown and graft crackdown hit spending

Europe FDI surges over a third, poll says

Region pulls further ahead of China as global flows fall 8%

Fischer says EMs can weather US rate rise

Fed policy maker speaks amid angst over global fallout